Why do I know that American animated features will continue to be drivers in animation employment? This:
'Horton Hears a Who!' has performed well at the foreign box office even though the original Dr. Seuss book is relatively unknown outside the U.S.
"Horton Hears a Who!" wore the international crown for the second straight weekend, easily topping a moderate frame with $11.7 million at 6,583 playdates in 54 markets. ... [F]antasy adventure "The Spiderwick Chronicles" and caveman actioner "10,000 B.C." -- were the only other films cracking the $5 million mark during the frame.
... "Horton" has totaled $223 million worldwide so far, underscoring the ongoing strength of CGI animated fare. The last major animated entry, "Bee Movie" totaled $286 million worldwide, including $160 million overseas ....
Big animated films from the United States have been consistent winners at the world box office, and my take is this:
Studios are almost always squirrely about breaking the mold of a winning formula. And c.g.i. features produced stateside have been big winners over the past several years.
If the time comes when a big animated film made in say, Bangladesh makes an international splash by raking in heavy coin, then corporate calculations may change, but until that happens, the domestic animated feature industry will stay robust.