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Kobold Cleaver wrote:Standards were different back when Secret of NIMH was made. I expect a major factor here, for instance, is the animator pay rate—the founding of Dreamworks meant a tremendous difference in wages for them (basically, up to an actually reasonable level).Well, that too. Though I'm not sure how much of the modern budgets are also due to the studio habit of getting names to voice the leads. You figure Robin Williams didn't come cheap for the Aladdin movies, e.g.
Of all the roles you had to mention, what's the funny coincidence you would use Robin William's genie? :-P
He voiced that one for either a reduced pay or for free (I read something about that on wikipedia, it was on the condition that he doesn't get top billing in it. I think he was trying to do it as like charity work or something).