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Why animation movies are costier + The Top 10 animation movies with the highest budgets

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It's a little bit funny to discover after you dug dip into the world of entertainment or grow to later come to understand that some of these animations you watch have more budget than some movies you watch where cars and stuffs are destroyed. Like how is that even possible?

Just like every other kids, when I was a kid I love cartoon movies/series very much such as Tom and Jerry, Scooby, Sponge Bob etc and growing up I discover I still retain my passion for some stuffs like that but better animations with movie-like story. I was still young when I got to discover that some of this animations have a lot spent on them to bring them to live than most of the movies we know that are not animated. And the amount spent on them is unbelievable. In fact in most cases compared to the non animated movies we know, their budget is always high.

Animated movies are always expensive to bring to live due to the numbers of animators that need to be hired (and paid with good amount of money, salaries), to the numbers of animation departments that need to be employed when making an animation movie and of course, numbers of (star) casts whose voice are used to represent the voice of the characters in the animation movie (Imagine using the voice of Robert Downey Jr., Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie, Johny Depp etc in a single movie, that's some money my friend).

We've heard about a lot of movies that raked in millions in box office but was produced with a very low budget. A great example is The Blair Witch Project which was produced with a very low budget of $60,000 and did well by making $246.8 million world wide at the box office and also made $140.5 million at domestic. But this in the world of animation, is (almost) impossible. In fact the cheapest animated movie (from Disney) that raked in $267.4 million at the box office has the lowest budget of $858,000.

So below is the countdown list of animated movies with the highest budgets. Some have the same amount because the amount is estimated.

10) WALL E

WALL-E (stylized with an interpunct as WALL·E) is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction, romance film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. WALL-E follows a solitary robot on a future, uninhabitable, deserted Earth, left to clean up garbage. However, he is visited by a probe sent by the starship Axiom, a robot called EVE, with whom he falls in love and pursues across the galaxy.

  • BUDGET - $180 million

  • BOX OFFICE - $533.3 million

9) BRAVE

Brave is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Set in the Scottish Highlands, the film tells the story of a princess named Merida who defies an age-old custom, causing chaos in the kingdom by expressing the desire not to be betrothed. When her mother falls victim to a beastly curse turning into a bear, Merida must look within herself and find the key to saving the kingdom. Merida is the first Disney Princess created by Pixar. The film is also dedicated to Steve Jobs, who died before the film's release.

  • BUDGET - $185 million

  • BOX OFFICE - $540.4 million

8) TOY STORY 4

Toy Story 4 is a 2019 American computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the fourth installment in Pixar's Toy Story series and the sequel to Toy Story 3 (2010). The film directly follows Toy Story 3, as Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and their other toy friends have found new appreciation living with Bonnie. They are joined by Forky, a spork that Bonnie has made into a toy, and embark on a road trip adventure. The film is dedicated to Rickles and animator Adam Burke, who died on April 6, 2017 and October 8, 2018, respectively.

  • BUDGET - $200 million

  • BOX OFFICE - $1.073 billion

Few of movies actually fall in this budget category

7) INCREDIBLES 2

Incredibles 2 is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The story follows the Parr family as they try to restore the public's trust in superheroes while balancing their family life, only to combat a new foe who seeks to turn the populace against all superheroes.

  • BUDGET - $200 million

  • BOX OFFICE - $1.243 billion

6) FINDING DORY

Finding Dory is a 2016 American computer-animated adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on June 8, 2016, and was released in the United States on June 17, 2016.[11] Upon release, the film was well-received by critics and grossed over $1 billion worldwide, becoming the second Pixar film to gross $1 billion after Toy Story 3 (2010) and the third highest-grossing film of 2016.

  • BUDGET - $170-200 million

  • BOX OFFICE - $1.029 billion

5) MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

Monsters University is a 2013 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a prequel to Monsters, Inc. (2001), making it the first, and currently, only time Pixar has made a prequel film. Monsters University tells the story of the main characters of Monsters, Inc., Mike and Sulley, and their time at college, where they start off as rivals, but slowly become best friends.

  • BUDGET - $200 million

  • BOX OFFICE - $743.6 million

4) CARS 2

Cars 2 is a 2011 American 3D computer-animated spy[3] action-adventure comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. It is a sequel to 2006's Cars and the second film in the Cars franchise. In the film, race car Lightning McQueen and tow truck Mater head to Japan and Europe to compete in the World Grand Prix, but Mater accidentally becomes sidetracked with international espionage.

  • BUDGET - $200 million

  • BOX OFFICE - $562.1 million

3) TOY STORY 3

Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. It is the third installment in Pixar's Toy Story series and the sequel to 1999's Toy Story 2. The plot focuses on Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Andy's other remaining toys accidentally being donated to a day care center, while Andy, now 17 years old, is preparing to leave for college, and their ensuing race to get home before Andy leaves.

  • BUDGET - $200 million

  • BOX OFFICE - 1.067 billion

2) THE LION KING

The Lion King is a 2019 American musical drama film directed and produced by Jon Favreau, written by Jeff Nathanson, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a photorealistic computer-animated remake of Disney's traditionally animated 1994 film of the same name. The plot follows Simba, a young lion who must embrace his role as the rightful king of his native land following the murder of his father, Mufasa, at the hands of his uncle, Scar.

  • BUDGET - $250-260 million

  • BOX OFFICE - $1.657 billion

1) TANGLED

Tangled is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated musical adventure film[2] produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely based on the German fairy tale "Rapunzel" in the collection of folk tales published by the Brothers Grimm. The film tells the story of a lost, young princess with magical long blonde hair who yearns to leave her secluded tower. Against her mother's wishes, she accepts the aid of an intruder to take her out into the world which she has never seen.

  • BUDGET - $260 million

  • BOX OFFICE - $592.4 billion

Ehm! Did you notice anything?, Most of this list has an animation produced either by Disney studios or by Pixar studio for Disney. In one word "Disney rules the animation movie world".

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