Studio Mir Co., Ltd. (Korean주식회사 스튜디오 미르; RRJusikhoesa Seutyudio Mireu) is a South Korean animation studio based in Seoul. Among other works, the studio animated most of the American TV series The Legend of Korra, My Adventures with Superman, the fourth season of The Boondocks, Voltron: Legendary Defender, Dota: Dragon's Blood, Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts and X-Men '97, and films like Big Fish & Begonia, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf and Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge.

Studio Mir Co., Ltd.
Native name
주식회사 스튜디오 미르
Jusikhoesa Seutyudio Mireu
Company typePublic
IndustryTraditional hand-drawn 2D Animation
Traditional computer animation
3D computer animation
Founded2010; 14 years ago (2010)
Area served
South Korea, United States, China
Key people
Jae-Myung Yu

History edit

Studio Mir was founded in 2010 by Jae-Myung Yu, together with executive director Kwang-il Han and head of business development Seung-wook Lee. Yu had previously worked for 20 years in animation, including as an animation director for the series Avatar: The Last Airbender. He chose the studio's name after the Soviet space station Mir, which inspired him for its "scientific breakthrough and collaborative spirit".[1]

The studio began work with 20 animators on its first project, the Nickelodeon animated series and Avatar sequel The Legend of Korra – an unusually significant contract for a new studio, which it obtained thanks to Yu's long working relationship with the creators of both series, Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. Apart from the animation itself, Mir worked with Nickelodeon Animation Studio to contribute in Korra's pre-production and storyboarding, including its elaborate martial arts choreography. Sometime after the conclusion of The Legend of Korra, former Nickelodeon vice president Mark Taylor worked with Studio Mir to create the animation for the sci-fi animated series Voltron: Legendary Defender with some of the creative team from Korra.[1]

Very little of the animation Mir contributed to has aired in South Korea – only the first season of Korra had a "very quiet release". Because of this, the studio is little-known domestically, and, as a consequence, the company is focused on international collaborations.[1]

The studio is working on their first original series titled Koji and looking for investors for the project.[2]

In February 2023, Studio Mir officially became listed on KOSDAQ as a public company.[3]

Filmography edit

Some titles are listed on the company's online portfolio.[4]

TV series edit

Title Year Co-production(s) Network Notes
The Legend of Korra[5] 2012–2014 Nickelodeon Animation Studio Nickelodeon Preproduction assistance for episodes 1–12, 19–20 and 22–26.

Animation services for all episodes (except episodes 13–18 and 21).

Black Dynamite 2012 Williams Street Adult Swim Animation services for episode 5.
The Boondocks[5][6] 2014 Sony Pictures Television Main production studio for season 4.
Voltron: Legendary Defender[5] 2016–2018 DreamWorks Animation Television
World Events Productions
Netflix Preproduction assistance and animation services.
Lego Elves: Secrets of Elvendale[5] 2017 The Lego Group Main production studio.
Young Justice: Outsiders 2019 Warner Bros. Animation
DC Entertainment
DC Universe Animation services for episodes 12 and 16.
Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts[7] 2020 DreamWorks Animation Television Netflix Animation services
Dota: Dragon's Blood[8] 2021–2022 Kaiju Boulevard Main production studio
Young Justice: Phantoms[9] Warner Bros. Animation
DC Entertainment
HBO Max Animation services
Harley Quinn 2022 Yes, Norman Productions
Delicious Non-Sequitur
Warner Bros. Animation
DC Entertainment
Animation services for season 3.
Lookism[10] 2022 Netflix Main production studio
Skull Island 2023 Powerhouse Animation
Legendary Television
Animation services
My Adventures with Superman 2023–present Warner Bros. Animation
DC Entertainment
Adult Swim
X-Men '97[11] 2024–present Marvel Studios Animation Disney+
Devil May Cry[12] 2024 Shankar Animation
Netflix Main production studio
Koji[2] TBA

Additionally, Studio Mir did edits for the 2014 Disney XD English and Korean dubs of the 2005 series Doraemon.

Films edit

Title Year Co-production with Notes
Big Fish & Begonia[5] 2016 Beijing Enlight Media
Biantian (Beijing) Media
Animation services
The Death of Superman 2018 Warner Bros. Animation
DC Entertainment
Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge 2020 Warner Bros. Animation
Batman: Soul of the Dragon 2021 Warner Bros. Animation
DC Entertainment
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf[13] Little Schmidt Productions
Platige Image
Main production studio
Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms Warner Bros. Animation Animation services
Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons[14] 2022
Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham 2023 Additional background paint services
Babylon 5: The Road Home Warner Bros. Animation
Babylonian Productions, Inc
Studio JMS
Animation services
The Witcher: Sirens of the Deep[15] 2024 Little Schmidt Productions
Platige Image
Main production studio

Shorts edit

Title Year Co-production with Notes
Think Like a Man[6] 2012 Rainforest Films Animated opening sequence.
ASURA Online[5] 2013 Tencent 2D trailer.
League of Legends - Road to the Cup[5] Riot Games
Guardians of the Galaxy[5] 2015 Marvel Animation Season 1 shorts.
League of Legends - Bard: Mountain[5] Riot Games
Turtles Take Time (and Space) 2016 Nickelodeon Animation Studio
DC Showcase: Sgt. Rock 2019 Warner Bros. Animation
DC Entertainment
DC Showcase: Death
Batman: Death in the Family 2020 Interactive film
Dota 2 - Marci[16] 2021 Valve 2D animation.
Star Wars: Visions 2023 Lucasfilm Short: "Journey to the Dark Head"

Video games edit

Title Year Co-production with Notes
Sackboy: A Big Adventure 2020 Sumo Digital
Sony Interactive Entertainment
2D cutscene animation services

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c Kim, Matthew (20 January 2017). "The studio behind Voltron, Korra and more cult cartoons is just getting started". Polygon. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b Radulovic, Petrana (September 9, 2018). "The Legend of Korra studio teases new original series". Polygon. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "STUDIO MIR". Retrieved 2023-09-30.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Studio Mir - Portfolio". Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  6. ^ a b Amidi, Amid (10 July 2012). "A Look Inside The Korean Studio That Made "Legend of Korra"". Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Studio Mir". Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  8. ^ "Netflix Announces DOTA: Dragon's Blood Anime Series Based On The Popular Video-Game Franchise By Valve". Netflix Media Center. February 16, 2021.
  9. ^ "Search Ask Greg : Gargoyles : Station Eight". Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  10. ^ "Lookism: Hit Webtoon Anime Adapt Debuts on Netflix This November". Bleeding Cool. September 25, 2022. Retrieved September 25, 2022.
  11. ^ "Get ready for the return of the classic animated series, "X-Men '97," animated by Studio Mir! 🙌🏻🙌🏻". February 15, 2024. Retrieved February 15, 2024.
  12. ^ Pitts, Lan (September 27, 2023). "Netflix Announces Devil May Cry Anime With A Quick Teaser Of Dante In Action". GameSpot. Retrieved September 27, 2023.
  13. ^ "'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf' Headlines Netflix's Upcoming Anime Lineup (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. June 15, 2021. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  14. ^ Studio Mir 스튜디오미르 [@StudioMir2010] (July 1, 2022). "IT IS TIME. Studio Mir had an immense privilege to collaborate with @WBHomeEnt on the Super Sons, and this is our FIRST FULL CG project! Mark your calendar for October 18!✨ #SUPERSONS #batman #superman #studiomir" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 10 October 2022. Retrieved 15 December 2022 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Dinsdale, Ryan (2023-11-10). "The Witcher: Sirens of the Deep Is Another Netflix Anime Film, Doug Cockle Returning to Voice Geralt". IGN. Retrieved 2023-11-12.
  16. ^ Williams, Demi (2021-10-18). "Marci is the latest hero to join 'Dota 2'". NME. Retrieved 2022-10-08.

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