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Why Some Animated Shows Cost Up To $2 million Per Episode

Two million dollars seems like a lot of money to spend on a half-hour of animation. You could probably do an entire season of He-Man for that. But modern prime-time animated shows are a different class altogether. Several factors set The Simpsons, Family Guy, and other popular shows apart from the kids’ series. Read about those factors at Money Inc and you’ll get a greater appreciation for the care that goes into those shows.


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Tell all of that to the animators and voice actors in Japan and Korea getting paid effectively less than minimum wage. Wage cost in the entertainment industry has less to do with skill than it does with market specific demands and expectations, especially as it relates to artistic skills. Even within the US there are huge gaps in markets and the difference in pay scale is definitely not always skill based. Any tv show that cost millions of dollars is staffed by people getting luxurious amount of pay, and there's no reason to be whitewashing that. It makes more sense to uphold why it's inappropriate for those at the bottom of the pack not being able to make a living wage. That's where the expectation of cheap animation really hurts, not on Family Guy.
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