Overseas animated features might be less expensive than the U.S. kind, but as we've mentioned before, inexpensive only gets you so far:
["Thru the Moebious Strip"], China’s first feature-length animation in 3-D, the effort cost the Institute of Digital Media Technology, a Shenzhen-based animation company, $20 million to produce. But when it was shown at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, international distributors showed no interest.
“Moebius” flopped within China, too, taking in only $3 million domestically. ...
Even if you make a feature-length animation in 3-D and spend a tidy $20 million to do it, we're pretty sure you won't edge into profits with a gross of $3 million.