This market is increasingly being tapped by North American film and television program producers. The major factor behind this shift of computer animation production to the Asia/Pacific region continues to be the availability of low cost, powerful computer animation platforms and much lower labour rates in the Asian and Pacific Rim countries compared to North America and Europe. The bulk of the outsourcing happens for 2D animation content with some amount of 3D content.
The rapid advancement of technology has made computer animation available to the masses and the animation industry is one of the fastest growing industries. The demand for animated entertainment has expanded with the increase in broadcasting hours by cable and satellite TV along with the growing popularity of the Internet. In the past, animation series were aimed at children aged nine and below. In recent years however, TV stations have been producing animation series for teenagers, adults and the whole family. Animation series like The Simpsons and King of the Hill have been successfully aired on primetime TV.
The major markets include the United States, Canada, Japan, France, Britain and Germany. Licensing operations for T-shirts, caps and other items have also been a major source of revenue for animation companies. In Japan, several successful computer games have crossed over and have become animated series like Pokemon, Monster Farm, Power Stone and Detective Conan. More broadly speaking, animation is increasingly used in video games, and movies are also increasingly reliant on animation and computer graphic special effects.
- 20th Century Fox - Aardman Animation - Animal Logic/Warner Bros - BRB Internacional - Blue Sky Studios - Bones - Century Fox - CritterPix - DPS - Disney - DreamWorks Animation - Egg Creative Production - EuropaCorp - Exodus Film Group - Fablevision Studios - Fathom Studios - Film Roman - Folimage - Gulfstream Pictures - Hanna Barbera - Ilion Animation Studios - Imagi Entertainment - Industrial Light and Magic - Klasky Csupo - Laika Entertainment - Lions Gate - Luc Besson - Mac guff line - Mainframe Entertainment - N Wave - Nickelodeon Studios - Pacific Data Images - Pixar - Red Rover International - Reel FX Creative Studios - Rhythm and Hues - Scanline - Solutions - Sony Pictures Animation - Studio 40 C - Studio Ghibli - The Weinstein Company - Toei Animation - ToonBox Entertainment - Vanguard Animation - Walt Disney Pictures - Warner Brothers - Wild Brain
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