FUNimation Entertainment (previously known as FUNimation Productions) is an American entertainment company formed by Gen Fukunaga in the early 1990s to produce, merchandise and distribute anime and other entertainment properties in the United States and international markets.
The company became a subsidiary of Navarre Corporation on May 11, 2005. The company is headquartered and based in Flower Mound, Texas. But Navarre later sold the company back to Fukunaga in April 2011.
FUNimation rose to prominence by acquiring the rights to Dragon Ball (licensed early to mid 1990s), Dragon Ball Z (licensed in the early to mid 1990s) and Dragon Ball GT (licensed between 2003–2004). By 1998, they were able to get widespread television exposure via Cartoon Network's Toonami block, and the Dragon Ball phenomenon quickly grew in the United States as it had elsewhere. (Two previous attempts by FUNimation to release Dragon Ball to network television had previously been canceled, before the series and the company found success on Cartoon Network.) In the UK, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT ran on a twined channel called Toonami, a channel that aired many anime shows as well as a few American cartoons.
The Dragon Ball Z episodes were dubbed by different voice casts for FUNimation. The episodes dubbed by the Ocean Group are known as the Ocean dub. The episodes dubbed by FUNimation's in-house talents are known as the FUNimation dub.