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Production of Australian animated features and TV drama, 1990/91–2015/16

Next update March 2018

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).

No animated features began production in 2015/16.

Animated features
1990/91-2015/16
Number of titles 12
Total hours 18


Notes:Source: Screen Australia.

Productions under Australian creative control, including domestic productions, official co-productions and other productions involving shared creative control, i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions, which commenced production in those years. Excludes foreign titles, titles only post-produced in Australia, commercials and components of productions.
See Animated drama titles for details of titles included; hours may not total exactly due to rounding.
Total budgets are not published for confidentiality reasons.


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 2015/16, total budgets and total hours were up by 24 per cent and 15 per cent respectively.

Hours of animated TV drama produced, 1990/91–2015/16

Graph: Australian animated TV drama, hours produced, 1990/91-2014/15. Table below has the data.
Animated TV drama1
No. Total budgets ($m) Hours2
1990/91–1999/003 40 227 351
Annual av. 90/91–99/00 4 23 35
2000/01 6 37 57
2001/02 5 30 45
2002/03 7 37 48
2003/04 4 26 46
2004/05 6 28 53
2005/06 7 38 63
2006/07 9 59 78
2007/08 9 68 98
2008/09 13 93 144
2009/10 3 26 52
Total 2000/01–2009/10 69 442 684
Annual av. 00/01–09/10 7 44 68
2010/11 5 34 59
2011/12 4 28 47
2012/13 9 49 96
2013/14 9 63 82
2014/15 9 68 88
2015/16 11 84 101

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes:
Figures are updated on an ongoing basis, therefore there may be some discrepancies with previously published data.

Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
1. Productions under Australian creative control, including domestic productions, official co-productions and other productions involving shared creative control, i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions, which commenced production in those years. Includes mini-series, series/serials and telemovies, both for adults and children. Excludes foreign titles, titles only post-produced in Australia and animation of commercials and components of productions.
2. 'Hours' refers to commercial broadcast hours rather than actual running time.
3. Includes two series of Lift Off, which combines animation, puppets and live action.

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