Pictures That Tell Incredible Stories: Animation Studios That Made Hollywood a Global Powerhouse & Entertained Audiences Thoroughly!

In the early beginning, there was only The Walt Disney Company which was founded on October 16, 1923, by brothers Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney in Burbank, California, USA. Over the years they have created the American animation industry virtually all by themselves. The Walt Disney Company has created many of the greatest animation movies which have been loved and admired universally and billions of people have grown up on the heart-warming and life-affirming stories of the studio.

 

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The Mickey Mouse films, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians are just some of the evergreen classics that the Disney Company has gifted to audiences in America and the whole world. When the modern era kicked in at the beginning of the 1980s Disney turbocharged the global box-office with smash hits like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King and proved once again that when it came to animation films The Walt Disney Company was the unchallenged and undisputed and undefeated heavyweight champion of the world.

 

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Classical Style Animation is an Intense Labor of Love

 

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However, while The Walt Disney Company was filling its bank coffers with massive amounts of money there were developments in the animation world. The man who helped kick start the personal computer industry Steve Jobs purchased a division from Lucasfilm in 1986 and named it Pixar with the express aim of making computer-generated animated films and videos as he believed that this was the future. All these years the Disney Company had made animation films the original way – Scores of talented and passionate animation artists and experts hand-drawing each frame of the animation sequence even though it required thousands of hours of painstaking work to get it just right. It took months of drawing frames and pictures before the technical hands could weave them all into a film that audiences could watch. It was a labor of love and sheer passion that drew the most talented artists to the Disney lot from all over the world.

Pixar Becomes a Game Changer & Challenges the Might of Disney Studios!

 

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Steve Jobs opened a new battlefront in this animation industry. His animation studio Pixar used computer technology and programming to generate animation and made the first 100% computer-animated feature film named Toy Story. Toy Story was released in 1995 and became a global smash hit and since then Pixar has made 23 more feature films using their technology and has reaped billions of dollars at the global box office. Some of their top-grossing and high-quality films are A Bug’s Life, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Inside Out and the recent Soul, and Luca. Pixar gave Disney a run for their money and opened a whole new way of making animation films which have caught on all over the movie production world even outside of America. Though Disney bought Pixar in 2004 for $7.4+ billion Pixar has continued to make animation films with their technology and has improved on it.

The Animation Business Pie is Irresistible to Other Studios

 

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In the meantime, other animation studios have made films starting from the late 1980s because the animation revenue pie is so big that even a small slice is bound to bring a big fortune to the people making these films. The main reason why other animation studios have entered the fray from the late 1980s and even before is that animation is one of the most exciting professions and industries in the world. Telling interesting stories in clear and innovative ways brings out the best in men and women and this is why year after year people throng to work in these massive creative powerhouses. There is DreamWorks Animation that has made films like Shrek, Antz, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, The Prince of Egypt, How to Train Your Dragon, and Kung Fu Panda and rocked the global box office repeatedly. Sony Pictures Animation has released Open Season, Hotel Transylvania, and Wish Dragon while the NBC-supported studio Illumination has made films like The Lorax, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Minions, Despicable Me, and The Secret Life of Pets.

 

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Animation Films & Their Sequels Brings in Billions of Dollars Annually!

 

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Warner Bros. Animation has been around since the 1930s but could never rival the Disney Company even though they made great animation films like Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, and Bugs Bunny series. Of late Warner Animation has made successful animated feature films like Storks, Lego: The Movie, and Happy Feet but they are a pale competitor to the behemoth Disney Company and the prolific Pixar. Other animation studios like Blue Sky Animation Studios, Paramount Animation, and Spa Studios have reaped rich dividends with films like Ice Age, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, The Adventures of Tintin, Rango, and Klaus. All these studios have made wildly successful sequels to their original hit animation movies and these multiple sequels have grossed billions of dollars each at the global box office. The animation industry has become so big thanks to these animation movie franchises that seem to bring audiences to the theatres unfailingly.

 

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Will the Hollywood Animation Industry Regain its Glory Days Again?

 

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Now there is a change in the air. Thanks to the multiple blows of the global recession, the American failed economy, the social depression plaguing America, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the rise of alternative entertainment avenues, and more the animation industry is in a precarious condition. Both children and adults are looking at other avenues of entertainment and story-telling isn’t the respected activity it used to be. Few people want to see animation films when they are worried by the almost unbearable costs of living in today’s cash-strapped world. Animation studios are fearful that the industry may not get back to its earlier success levels anytime soon. Only a new clutch of brilliant animation films that tell stories that are relevant to today’s American and global audiences will bring back people to watch animation films. Storytelling, artistry, technology, and marketing have to be top-notch if animation studios want their business to roar again like The Lion King did many times before. Hollywood has to work hard to regain its premier place in the animation universe and the whole world is watching. If Hollywood gets it right the whole world will be watching animation feature films and shorts once again!

 

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