Spectrum Animation

Spectrum Animation was an animation studio in Japan, made up of former TMS Entertainment employees. Spectrum animated several episodes of Batman: The Animated Series.

On the commentary track for "Heart of Ice" on the Batman: The Animated Series, Volume One DVD, producer Bruce Timm stated that Spectrum was responsible for airbrushing Mr. Freeze's helmet in every frame that featured him. Such attention to detail ultimately drove the studio to bankruptcy; Most of their staff members are now working for Production I.G[1]

Frank Paur (director, "Vendetta", Batman: The Animated Series) praised Spectrum's animation. "We wanted to keep the show heavy on the mist, the rain. I wanted reflections, mist, gentle rain to play up the whole motif. I was really worried at first that it would go to a bad studio."[2]

Spectrum was also credited for providing overseas animation work for the 2nd season of Captain N: The Game Master.

Episode list

The episodes of Batman: The Animated Series that were animated by Spectrum Animation Studio are:


Emmy Award – Robin's Reckoning, Part 1
1993 Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)

Layout services

Spectrum Animation provided layout services for the following episodes of Batman: The Animated Series. However, Dong Yang did the animation for these episodes.

Spectrum and Dong Yang both worked on the animation for the feature film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Dong Yang did the animation for Mask of the Phantasm, and Spectrum did the layout services.


  1. "Spectrum Animation (Creator) - TV Tropes". TV Tropes. 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  2. Animato! (26–27). Vendetta http://www.worldsfinestonline.com/WF/batman/btas/backstage/animato/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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