Here's one more piece of supporting evidence as to why animated features won't be going the way of the passenger pigeon anytime soon:
One interesting facet in this is that the Will Smith starring vehicle Happyness made only a little less in theaters than Feet: $163.6 million to $197.3 million.
Warner Home Video's Happy Feet stomped all over the competition to take the top spot on the national DVD sales chart, selling so well in its first week in stores that it already is the No. 2 seller of the year.
The animated feature, which grossed $197.3 million in theaters, sold more than 4 million units its first week in stores, according to Home Media Magazine market research, outselling its nearest competitor, Sony Pictures' The Pursuit of Happiness, by a margin of more than 2-to-1.
-- Thomas K. Arnold, The Hollywood Reporter
It's not lost on producers that animation does real well in home video. Why do you think King of the Hill, Family Guy and Futurama are in production again?