Animators often start out wishing they could tell the world a visual story via their own cartoon show, but that goal is often short-lived because you gotta pay your rent and cranking out cartoons doesn't pay much.
And those who are lucky enough to land a job as an animator, or anything in the realm of visual arts, often feel like their creative job kills their drive to do their own stuff, and the cycle of animated abuse begins.
Each episode of an animated show takes months to bring to life (unless you’re working on South Park, they crank out an episode in a week), and can cost millions to make (Family Guy costs $2 million per episode).
A group of animation industry alum put together an awfully informative article on Cracked that reveals some of the sad truths about working as an animator. Now I'm really glad I still owe tens of thousands of dollars for animation school!