An anonymous reader who shall now be known as Dirty Dingus McGee asked a question…
I do have a tangental question in regards to the above mentioned movie (Disney/Pixar's Frozen).. why does it cost $150 MILLION to make a Computer Generated Cartoon?! $150 MILLION DOLLARS for an animation that w/ the assistance of computers 80% shown was done without the hand of man! Where the flub is all that dough going into?
Because computer generated cartoons depend heavily on the hands of humans.
Let's look at just some of the costs that went into making the movie.
Music development. (Original songs, background score, etc.)
Recording time. (including engineer and technician salaries).
Art direction (character design, set and prop design).
Programming the characters, props & settings into the computers.
Tech research & development (Pixar developed new technology to animate realistic snow & ice).
Production staff salaries. (Paperwork must be done.)
Animation staff salaries. (Remember every pixel of every frame has to be put there by someone, probably multiple times as takes are changed and redone during production.)
Computer hardware & facilities that outstrips the entire computing power used by NASA in the 1990s.
Maintaining & repairing computer hardware.
And about a million other things that all cost money, and...
Many of these costs can stretch out over a period of several YEARS. Because the chief thing a budget buys a production is TIME, and animation, even computer animation takes a lot of time, and therefore money, to do on the scale and quality that Disney/Pixar is known for.
So while I can understand your shock, by Hollywood standards $150,000,000 is the new normal.