monsters-university-sulley-vs-mike-wazowski“Are Hollywood studios cranking out too many animated films?” asks The Los Angeles Times, in a new piece observing the under-performance of recent animated films like DreamWorks’ Turbo and DisneyToons’ Planes. The article comes on the heels of a similar piece by Forbes. “Everybody has been able to survive so far, but as more films are planned, it’s inevitable that there will be more acute cannibalization of each other,” said Chris Meledandri, chief executive of Illumination Entertainment, whose Despicable Me 2 was one of the few bright spots for animation at the summer box office.

But Amid Amidi at Cartoon Brew disagrees with the idea that there are too many animated movies: “The problem isn’t that there are too many animated films; the problem is that every single animated release is targeted at the same family demographic.”