Proving there is a solid second-tier market for children's 3D animated movies beyond the Pixar/DreamWorks/Blue Sky axis, Germany's Studio 100 has closed multiple territory deals for its kids titles Maya The Bee and Blinky Bill. ...
“The sales illustrate the continuous popularity of well-known and much-loved brands and the rising demand for great family entertainment,” said Studio 100 Managing Director Patrick Elmendorff.
The ongoing theme around the globe is that the market for animation continues to grow. If you can create a halfway decent animated feature on a reasonable budget, you don't have to be a subsidiary of a big entertainment conglomerate, you don't have to be a talent from Cal Arts.
With some well-loved characters and a credible animation studio, you can (as Darryl Zanuck used to say) release your movie and then "Open your own mint." Just be sure you don't blow through $200 million in the process.
There is plenty of room, apparently, for animation producers not named Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar and Blue Sky Studios. Who would have thunk it?