Pierrot Co., Ltd. (株式会社ぴえろ, Kabushiki-gaisha Piero?), also known as Studio Pierrot (スタジオぴえろ, Sutajio Piero?), is an animation studio founded in May 1979 by former employees of Tatsunoko Production and Mushi Production.
Their first work was on The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, based on the novel of the same name by the Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf. It lasted for 52 episodes and aired from January 8, 1980 until March 17, 1981.
They also did do the work on the first two movies based on Urusei Yatsura.
- Urusei Yatsura
- Urusei Yatsura (TV, Episodes 1-106 only, 10/14/1981-3/28/1984, Animation Production)
- Urusei Yatsura: Only You (Film, 2/12/1983, Animation Production)
- Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer (Film, 2/11/1984, Animation Production)
- Rumiko Takahashi-related Productions
- Fire Tripper (OVA, 12/16/1985, Animation Production)
- The Supergal (OVA, 5/21/1986, Animation Production)
- The Laughing Target (OVA, 3/21/1987, Animation Production)
- Mermaid's Forest (OVA, 8/16/1991, Animation Production)
- Mamoru Oshii-related Productions
- Dallos (OVAs, 12/16/1983-8/5/1984, Animation Production)
- Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai! (OVAs, 8/5/1989-1/25/1990, Animation Production)
- MAROKO (Film, 3/31/1990, Animation Production, Compilation of Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai!)
- The logo of the company is referenced in episodes 12a, 24, 41 and 68 of the anime and in the first movie.
- The first segment of the 12th episode featured the logo as the local disco emblem.
- In the 24th episode, it is seen on the side of the fan from the alien salesman.
- In the 41st episode, it is seen as a television logo for a news program.
- In the 68th episode, it is seen at a Coffee Shop, but the face looks different compared to the logo itself.
- In the first movie, after Elle's ship leaves, Lum stops at restaurant called "Coffee Pierot" where the logo can be seen next to the entrance when she leaves.
- Despite the anime being animated by a different studio starting with Episode 107, Episode 137 at the beginning features the logo on the pinball machine Anna Katsuragi is playing.