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History of TOEI ANIMATION

 
Date Event
Jan. '48 NIHON DOGA CO., LTD. founded in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Animation production begins.
Aug. '52 Corporate name changed to NICHIDO EIGA CO.
July '56 TOEI CO., LTD purchased NICHIDO FILM CO., LTD. and changed its corporate name to TOEI DOGA CO.,LTD.
Corporate headquarters established in Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. Production studio established in Haramachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.
Jan. '57 Studio moved to Ohizumi, Nerima-ku, Tokyo.
May '57 First short animation film, "Little Kitty's Graffiti" released
Oct. '58 First theatrical feature length film, "The White Snake" released.
Sept. '60 TOEI DOGA CO., LTD. headquarters moved to Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
Nov. '63 First televised animation series "Ken, the Wild Boy" airs.
Nov. '66 "Gulliver's Space Travel" released in the United States.
Apr. '67 Color broadcasting launched from the 18th episode of the TV
series "Sally the Witch"
Feb. '73 TAVAC CO.,LTD., editing and recording company founded.
Mar. '73 Shinjuku Business Office established in Kitashinjuku, Shinjuku-ku,
Tokyo.
June '73 Outsourcing to foreign studios starts.
Feb. '75 International sales of TV series such as "Sally the Witch" and "Mazinger Z" starts.
Aug. '79 The first autonomous feature-length theatrical film, "Galaxy Express 999," becomes a great hit.
Mar. '80 Serious research for computerized animation production starts.
Apr. '81 TV series "Dr. Slump/Arale-chan" hits airwaves. The show airs for 5 years and becomes a great hit.
Oct. '85 Computerized filming system for faster and more diverse image processing introduced.
Feb. '86 TV animation series "Dragon Ball" airs and becomes a great hit.
Mar. '86 Production of the first Original Video Animation series, "Shonan Hot Riders" starts.
The first in-house produced video game software; "Ken, the Great Bear Fist" released. It becomes a hit with sales of over 450,000 copies.
Mar. '86 TV series "Dragon Ball" wins the Prix d'Or of the French comic magazine PIF's Anime Grand Prix
Dec. '91 Computer film production software CATAS (Computer Aided TOEI Animation System) introduced
Mar. '92 A TV series "Sailor Moon" airs. It becomes a popular show and runs more than 5 years. Products featuring characters from the show also become a hit.
Nov. '92 EEI-TOEI ANIMATION CORPORATION, a joint venture subcontract studio with Philippines' EEI established.
Mar. '94 Shinjuku Business Office renamed the Shinjuku Office and moved to Yokodera-machi, Shinjuku-ku,Tokyo.
Apr. '95 Toei Animation Institute in Kandasurugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo founded.
Mar. '96 Corporate headquarters moved to Yokodera-Machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.
Feb. '97 Digital production of TV series and theatrical films using the RETAS CGI software begins.
Mar. '97 Investment in TOEI ANIMATION ENTERPRISES, LTD made.
Jan. '98 EEI-TOEI ANIMATION CORPORATION becomes a subsidiary company.
July '98 Investment made in TOEI SATELLITE BROADCASTING CO., LTD. (16.7% financing) a company established by a coalition of Toei related companies. In addition, investment made in ANIMAX BROADCASTING JAPAN CO., LTD. (8.5% financing), a compay established mainly by SONY CO., LTD.
Oct. '98 Corporate name changed to TOEI ANIMATION CO., LTD.
June '99 Corporate headquarters moved to Ohizumi, Nerima-ku, Tokyo.
Apr. '00 EEI-TOEI ANIMATION CORPORATION renamed to TOEI ANIMATION PHILS. INC.
May '00 Animation material network ordering system for 10 production companies introduced.
Oct. '00 Network system expanded from 10 companies to 21 companies
Digital drawing system using LCD tablets developed by CELSYS CO., LTD introduced.
Dec. '00 Listed on the JASDAQ market
Mar. '01 Subsidiary company TOEI ANIMATION MUSIC PUBLISHING CO.,
LTD. founded
Aug. '01 Unit number of stock changed from 1,000 to 100 (effective from Oct. '01).
Oct. '01 Investment (8.25% financing) in Korean satellite animation broadcast company DAIWON DIGITAL BROADCASTING, Ltd., made.
July '02 Subsidiary company LATERNA CO., LTD. Founded.
Mar. '03 Toei Animation Gallery opened.
Mar. '04 Subsidiary company TOEI ANIMATION INCORPORATED founded in California, USA
 
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