One of the readers of this site had some interesting comments that led me to make a new blog entry. Madcartoonist brought up some good points about outsourcing animation work to India, Asia, and even Canada...
Madcartoonist asked why outsourcing to China is any worse than outsourcing to Canada. He is absolutely correct, on one hand it isn't really any better. However, as hypocritical as this may sound, I just do not get as upset when something goes to Canada. But, I will point out when I learned that Disney and Spaz were taking their production to CORE in Canada, I was a little irritated that it was going up North. "The Wild" will be the subject of a future blog. Thanks for prodding my memory on this project.
Back to Madcartoonist comments. You are right, more and more work will leave the states and head to Asia. Right now, we have an edge. The talent is far better here, but it is just a matter of time before their skillsets rise. Father of the Pride is an excellent example. Although it is not feature quality (as much as DreamWorks would argue), it is pretty good. And is some of the best CG stuff I have seen come out of that area of the world. It will only get better and will only continue to erode the work here in the states. Lucas' announcement a few months ago about opening their much anticipated CG film animation company in Singapore only added fuel to the fire that burns my ass.
Madcartoonist. As far as your friends going over to India and China to train animators. All I can say is that these people are only screwing their own future. Unless of course, they want to work over there for the rest of their lives. I understand that maybe not everyone has as much work as they would like here. But don't these people see how they are shooting themselves in the foot! Jeeeeez. You think it is bad now. Just wait.