A Wise Old Animation Director and I were chatting today. He reminded me of the fabled rule of animation from the co-founder of Hanna-Barbera:
There's never enough time to do it right, but there is always enough time to fix it.
Now. A small addendum to this rule -- which is actually implied in the rule -- would be: "There's never enough time (or money) to do it right, but there's always enough time (and money) to fix it."
At a large, nameless television animation studio a decade ago, an artist pal of mine marveled that the yelling and screaming by executives about show budgets and schedules magically stopped when the shows came back from the overseas studio and had big mistakes in them.
He marveled because huge amounts of money were at that point thrown at the shows to make them right, yet the execs who had been so exercised months before about the cash that was being spent were now calm, cool, collected. Relaxed, even.
My artist pal asked why all the new spending didn't bother them. The answer:
"It comes out of another budget. So it's no problem."
See what drooling simpletons we all are? It comes out of another budget. Therefore no problem. Therefore why worry?
Or as Bill Hanna would say:
There's never enough time/money to do it right, but always enough time/money to fix it.