Forbes Magazine on Animation

Forbes.com just posted a rather flimsy column about animated features, discussing how much money they make and claiming there are “45 or 50 fully 3D feature-length, computer-animated films in production today, ready for release over the next couple of years”. Really? That many?

They also posted a slideshow of 10 Animated Movies Worth a Billion. Seems to me they left a few off the list… but why quibble over a couple of billion more or less?


  • Uhmmm…Ok

    40 or 50, i doubt that. Maybe if they include optioned or “in development hell” scripts

  • http://cosmicdash.com David Davis

    I really don’t like it when business people talk about animation.

    I really don’t.

  • KatyJ

    More likely lazy reporting. As usual–especially from Forbes.

  • KatyJ

    ” “The creative ambition is now matched by technical capabilities; the sophistication of the imagery now matches sophisticated stories,” says Ann Daly, chief operating officer at DreamWorks, the studio behind Shrek and Madagascar.”

    This is an incredibly ignorant statement by someone who ought to, but doesn’t, know what she’s saying.

  • http://www.dammit.ws Anita

    Well….The trend of animated pictures has really revolutionized the 3-D world and is demanding among the people of every age!…I think….40 or 50 upcoming film…. might divert every one from the real films :P…But only if, they are really producing a worth watching animation!

  • Pedro Nakama

    There are about 50 in production today. 2 in the United States and 48 in India.

  • Julian Carter

    “Animated movies aren’t just for kids anymore. Adults are flocking to theaters as well.”

    *sigh* Oh yeah … I’m pretty sure Walt Disney made his films just for the kiddies. How shortsighted of him. Who would have known adults (gasp!) would eventually start visiting the theatre to watch something as juvenile and embarassing as animation!?

  • Cameron

    Because, as we all know, Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks are the only animation studios that have ever existed. Ever.

    You know, Ghibli’s films make hundreds of millions of dollars worldwise. Except in America. And, as we all know, America is the only country that has ever existed. Ever.

    Christ, hearing business people talk about art is like hearing a special ed student talk about how much fun it is to knock his head against a state-of-the-art surgical laser.

  • http://doujinshiland.blogspot.com Adam

    The article ends with a quote from Ed Catmull which seems to me to contradict everything the author of the article had stated up to that point.

    “The technical challenge is not the problem,” says Ed Catmull, president of both Pixar Animation and Disney Animation. “The problem is that the artistic part of every process is a major component and you have to get them all right. It’s that corralling of creative forces and guiding those forces that’s hard.”

    ‘But Ed, I thought that now you had the technologies! And the pentiums! What do you mean, art? What does that have to do with making cartoons? I thought computers did all that nowadays!’

  • http://blissfulignorance551.deviantart.com/ A.J.

    business men are completely stupid, they talk so highly of these films, yet they didn’t do their homwork
    they say, Pinocchio was released in 1945
    it was released in 1940, those poor nutjobs need to do thier research :P