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Production of Australian animated features and TV drama, 1990/91–2019/20

Next update December 2021

Animated feature film

The production of Australian animated feature films increased significantly in 2008/09 and 2009/10, with half of all Australian animated feature films since 1990/91 having been completed or commenced production during 2008/09 and 2009/10, including the high-budget Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole and Happy Feet Two.

The first animated features made as official co-productions were also produced around the same time – $9.99 (with Israel in 2006/07) and Santa’s Apprentice (with France in 2009/10).

One animated feature began production in 2019/20 – Daisy Quokka, produced by Like A Photon Creative Pty Ltd.

Animated TV drama

The decade 2000/01 to 2009/10 saw a 73 per cent increase over the previous decade in the number of animated TV drama titles produced, rising from 40 to 69. The number of broadcast hours rose by 95 per cent, from 351 to 684, and the average budget almost doubled, from $23 million to $44 million. The second half of the decade experienced the most notable growth, although production in 2009/10 dropped off sharply.

In 2019/20, total budgets and hours were down 52 per cent and 38 per cent respectively.