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22nd Aug '17 6:59:48 PM Qaweldon
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{FoodFight}}'' manages to subvert this trope all while playing it straightforward. The movie began in the early 2000s with a budget of $25 million, which was considered low even for the time. But near the end of initial production the completed animation was stolen which left the movie in an indefinite hiatus. [[DevelopmentHell Over the next several years Threshold Animation raise around $20-$40 million towards redoing the movie with the aid of motion capture technology]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen along with numerous rewrites to accommodate the drop of sponsors]]. Eventually the production spiraled out of control for director Lawrence Kasanoff who was kicked-off by the investors who quickly rushed the film out to theaters and video; [[EpicFail resulting in a final cut that looked insanely cheaper with a modest budget than the original low budget cut]]. [[note]]compare the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81uIhu8qrrs original cut]] to the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uROQ9nplxIY final one we got.]][[/note]]
* In 2009, an animated feature adaption for the Franchise/FreakyFlickers toyline, called ''Freaky Flickers: Quest for the Golden Flicker'', was started by Cary Howe. With a budget of $250.000, [[AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder Cary spent the next few months directing, writing, and animating the film on his own]] until it's completion on June 9th. MGM was signed as a theatrical distributor with a line of promotional art and merchandise all ready to go, however before anything could be finalized, the film's associate Peter Gantner took the final cut away from Cary and has since withheld the movie from any kind of release since. All that exists of the movie is a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnEy-kJXPsY test trailer]], [[https://www.flickr.com/photos/freakyflickers/4114567769/in/photostream a recycling PSA]], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLvftkm7K3A a short]] clip of final animation on the web.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{FoodFight}}'' manages to subvert this trope all while playing it straightforward. The movie began started in the early 2000s with a budget of $25 million, which was considered low even for the time. million. But near the end of its initial production the completed animation was stolen which left the movie in an indefinite hiatus. [[DevelopmentHell Over the next several years Threshold Animation raise around $20-$40 million towards redoing the movie with the aid of motion capture technology]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen along with numerous rewrites to accommodate the drop of sponsors]]. Eventually the production spiraled out of control for director Lawrence Kasanoff who was kicked-off by the investors who then quickly rushed the film out to theaters and video; [[EpicFail resulting in a final cut that looked insanely cheaper with a modest budget than the original low budget cut]]. [[note]]compare public, [[SoBadItsHorrible the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81uIhu8qrrs original cut]] to the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uROQ9nplxIY final one we got.]][[/note]]
rest as they say is animation history]].
* In 2009, an The 2009 animated feature adaption for the Franchise/FreakyFlickers toyline, called ''Freaky ''[[Franchise/FreakyFlickers Freaky Flickers: Quest for the Golden Flicker'', Flicker]]'' was started by made on a $250,000 with director Cary Howe. With a budget of $250.000, [[AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder Cary spent Howe serving as the next few months directing, writing, sole writer, editor, and animating animator for the film on his own]] until it's completion on June 9th. film. MGM was signed on as a the theatrical distributor with a line of promotional art and merchandise being all ready to go, however go. But before anything could be finalized, the film's associate producer Peter Gantner took the final cut away from Cary and has since withheld the movie from any kind of release since. All that exists of the movie remains is a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnEy-kJXPsY test trailer]], [[https://www.flickr.com/photos/freakyflickers/4114567769/in/photostream a recycling PSA]], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLvftkm7K3A a short]] clip of final animation on the web.



* [[WesternAnimation/TheRapsittieStreetKidsBelieveInSanta The Rapsittie Street Kids]] reportedly had next to no budget [[http://thenewpropaganda.tumblr.com/post/145891729831/i-told-the-story-of-the-production-of-rapsittie according to the producer's daughter]]. Regardless, the director chose to blow it all on the film's [[AllStarCast cast members]] and a music tie-in with Creator/WhitneyHouston [[WhatCouldHaveBeen which was later canceled]]; and that's barely scratching the surface to the director's con-artist reputation on the internet.

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* [[WesternAnimation/TheRapsittieStreetKidsBelieveInSanta The Rapsittie Street Kids]] reportedly had next to no a limited budget [[http://thenewpropaganda.tumblr.com/post/145891729831/i-told-the-story-of-the-production-of-rapsittie according to the producer's daughter]]. Regardless, the director never considered outsourcing the animation to another country and chose to blow it all the budget on the paychecks of the film's [[AllStarCast cast members]] and a music tie-in with Creator/WhitneyHouston [[WhatCouldHaveBeen which was later canceled]]; members]]; and that's barely scratching the surface to the director's his con-artist reputation on the internet.internet.
** The film's spiritual successor ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LExrzJtRMs4 Dinosaur Island]]'' didn't fair any better seeing how it suffered from similar production problems and failed to get a significant video release in 2004.



* Almost anything produced by, or for, ''Spike and Mike's Animation Festival''.

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* Almost anything produced by, or for, for ''Spike and Mike's Animation Festival''.



** The studio's first show, ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'', was almost entirely comprised of [[StockFootage stock footage]] of the original cartoon by ''Creator/HannaBarbera'' that was animated using After Effects[[note]] [[UpToEleven an editing program no less]][[/note]]. On the plus side this added to the show's idiosyncratic humor and nature which helped to kick start Creator/AdultSwim a few years later.

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** The studio's first show, ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'', was almost entirely comprised of [[StockFootage stock footage]] of the original cartoon by ''Creator/HannaBarbera'' Creator/HannaBarbera that was animated using After Effects[[note]] [[UpToEleven an editing program no less]][[/note]]. On the plus side this added to the show's idiosyncratic humor and nature which helped to kick start Creator/AdultSwim a few years later.


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* 2009's ''Dixie Dynamite'' clearly had no budget considering the stiff animation and poorly-rendered CG backdrops. Did we mention that one of the film's animators [[SpiritualSuccessor also worked on Rapsittie Street Kids]]?
21st Aug '17 12:16:39 PM Caladin
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* Belgian television is notorious for being very low-budget, which is why [[AudienceAlienatingPremise it turns a lot of people off]]. The highest viewer rating ever seen on Belgian TV however was 1.9 million, so it's not really unexpected. The biggest budget ever put in a Belgian television show was ''De Kavijaks'' with 3.35 million dollars. Even so, there are a few cases that stand out.

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* Belgian television is notorious for being very low-budget, which is why [[AudienceAlienatingPremise it turns a lot of people off]]. The highest viewer rating ever seen on Belgian TV however was 1.9 1,9 million, so it's not really unexpected. The biggest budget ever put in a Belgian television show was ''De Kavijaks'' with 3.35 3,35 million dollars. Even so, there are a few cases that stand out.
20th Aug '17 3:20:16 PM rjd1922
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* Belgian television is notorious for being very low-budget, which is why [[AudienceAlienatingPremise it turns a lot of people off]]. The highest viewer rating ever seen on Belgian TV however was 1,9 million, so it's not really unexpected. The biggest budget ever put in a Belgian television show was ''De Kavijaks'' with 3,35 million dollars. Even so, there are a few cases that stand out.

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* Belgian television is notorious for being very low-budget, which is why [[AudienceAlienatingPremise it turns a lot of people off]]. The highest viewer rating ever seen on Belgian TV however was 1,9 1.9 million, so it's not really unexpected. The biggest budget ever put in a Belgian television show was ''De Kavijaks'' with 3,35 3.35 million dollars. Even so, there are a few cases that stand out.
17th Aug '17 7:35:31 AM Caladin
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16th Aug '17 8:38:27 PM Qaweldon
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* Most animated TV pilots fall into this trope; the reason being that there sole intent is to get the creator's idea across to executives in hope that they invest into the show's production. This is why most pilots are never released to the public outside of test screenings[[note]]often becoming [[MissingEpisode lost]] in the process[[/note]], as they were never produced for general audiences to begin with.

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* Most animated TV pilots fall into this trope; the reason being that there sole intent is to get the creator's idea across to executives in hope that they invest into the show's production. This is why most pilots are never released to the public outside of test screenings[[note]]often screenings [[note]] often becoming [[MissingEpisode lost]] in the process[[/note]], as they were never produced for general audiences to begin with.



** His final cartoon, ''WesternAnimation/TubbyTheTuba1975'', was produced and developed [[DomesticOnlyCartoon in-house]] by The New York Institute of Technology under the direction of founder Alexander Schure, who had no experience in animation prior to this film. Singer was hired as the animation director for the movie but was fired a year into production due to budget problems and Schure's frequent intrusions over the tedious process of traditional animation. After negative feedback from test audiences, Singer chose to have his name removed from the final cut.
* Creator/{{Filmation}} was notorious for making all of their series with absolutely no budget whatsoever. This was due in part to their policy of never outsourcing animation jobs, which was expensive. In fact, when the studio first started [[UpToEleven the co-founders had to use a mannequin to pass off as a secretory]]!

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** His final cartoon, ''WesternAnimation/TubbyTheTuba1975'', was produced and developed [[DomesticOnlyCartoon in-house]] by The New York Institute of Technology under the direction of founder Alexander Schure, who had no experience in animation prior to this film. Singer was hired as the animation director for the movie but was fired a year into production due to budget problems and Schure's frequent intrusions over the tedious process of traditional animation.intrusions. After negative feedback from test audiences, Singer chose to have his name removed from the final cut.
* Creator/{{Filmation}} was notorious for making all of their series with absolutely no budget whatsoever. This was due in part to their policy of never outsourcing animation jobs, which was expensive. In fact, when the studio first started [[UpToEleven the co-founders had to use a mannequin to pass off as a secretory]]! secretary]]!



* ''WesternAnimation/TheChristmasTree'' is exactly this. With its horrendous voice acting, sloppy animation, and questionable writing and morals, it was a no-brainer for video retailers and the USA channel to [[OldShame quickly brush it under the rug]] [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes after its first airing and video release]]. The director continued to work in the animation industry afterwards, [[CreatorKiller however this special marks her only directorial work]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheChristmasTree'' is exactly this. With this with its horrendous voice acting, writing, and overly sloppy animation, and questionable writing and morals, it animation. It was a no-brainer for video retailers and the USA channel to [[OldShame quickly brush it under the rug]] [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes after its first airing and video release]]. The director continued to work in the animation industry afterwards, [[CreatorKiller however this special marks her only directorial work]]. release]].



* Every cartoon Don Hertzfelt created is this, especially considering that he animates [[UpToEleven stick figures]]. However he makes up for this with his humorous and [[note]][[GrowingTheBeard in later years]] [[/note]] existential writing along with his [[DerangedAnimation bizarre film structuring]]. It also helps that he later began [[AnimationBump utilizing computers]] in his later later shorts.

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* Every cartoon Don Hertzfelt created is this, especially considering that he animates [[UpToEleven stick figures]]. However he makes up for this with his humorous and [[note]][[GrowingTheBeard in later years]] [[/note]] existential writing along with his the [[DerangedAnimation bizarre film structuring]].nature of his works]]. It also helps that he later began [[AnimationBump utilizing computers]] in his later later shorts.



* When ''WesternAnimation/MightyMagiswords'' was picked up by Creator/CartoonNetwork it started as a web series for their online video service before given the green-light for a full series. Even if viewers were unaware of this fact, the [[DerangedAnimation wonky art style]] and incredibly stiff animation is very much a dead give away.

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* When ''WesternAnimation/MightyMagiswords'' was picked up by Creator/CartoonNetwork it started as a web series for their online video service before given the green-light for a full series. Even if viewers were unaware of this fact, the [[DerangedAnimation wonky art style]] and incredibly stiff animation is very much a dead give away.



* Supposedly, the cast/crew for ''WesternAnimation/TheNutshack'' was almost entirely made up of amateurs with little to no experience in either writing, voice acting, or animation prior to getting the green light. Add that to the show's toilet humor and obviously minuscule budget, and you'll be wondering how any network exec could think this was a good idea.

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* Supposedly, the cast/crew for ''WesternAnimation/TheNutshack'' was almost entirely made up of amateurs with little to no experience in either writing, voice acting, or animation prior to getting the green light. Add that to the show's toilet humor and obviously minuscule budget, and you'll be wondering how any network exec could would think this was a good idea.



* Embarrassingly, [[WesternAnimation/TheRapsittieStreetKidsBelieveInSanta The Rapsittie Street Kids]] reportedly had a budget [[http://thenewpropaganda.tumblr.com/post/145891729831/i-told-the-story-of-the-production-of-rapsittie according to the producer's daughter]], however the film's director supposedly blew it all on the film's [[AllStarCast cast members]] along with a music tie-in with Creator/WhitneyHouston [[WhatCouldHaveBeen that was later canceled]]; and that's barely scratching the surface with the director's con-artist reputation on the internet.

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* Embarrassingly, [[WesternAnimation/TheRapsittieStreetKidsBelieveInSanta The Rapsittie Street Kids]] reportedly had a budget next to no budget [[http://thenewpropaganda.tumblr.com/post/145891729831/i-told-the-story-of-the-production-of-rapsittie according to the producer's daughter]], however daughter]]. Regardless, the film's director supposedly blew chose to blow it all on the film's [[AllStarCast cast members]] along with and a music tie-in with Creator/WhitneyHouston [[WhatCouldHaveBeen that which was later canceled]]; and that's barely scratching the surface with to the director's con-artist reputation on the internet.



* The original ''WebAnimation/MakingFiends'' series was solely developed with next to no money by Amy Winfrey for her website of the same name in 2003. Episodes were 3-5 minutes long with characters and backgrounds being comprised of overlapping JPEG files which were crudely animated using Adobe Flash [[note]] now called Adobe Animate[[/note]] with dull and often contrasting colors. While the Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} reboot [[StylisticSuck still had the sloppy and cheap look]], it overall averted the original's budget restraints with better animation and a more visually appealing color scheme.

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* The Episodes of the original ''WebAnimation/MakingFiends'' series was were 3-5 minutes long and were solely developed with next to no money by Amy Winfrey for her website of the same name in 2003. Episodes were 3-5 minutes long with Backgrounds and characters and backgrounds being comprised of were made using overlapping JPEG files which with ugly color schemes and were crudely animated using Adobe Flash [[note]] now called Adobe Animate[[/note]] with dull and often contrasting colors. While the flash. The Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} reboot differed with crew members and a bigger budget, [[StylisticSuck but still had kept the sloppy and cheap look]], it overall averted look of the original's budget restraints with better animation and a more visually appealing color scheme.
original web series]].
12th Aug '17 10:23:27 PM Qaweldon
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* Creator/{{Filmation}} was notorious for making all of their series with absolutely no budget whatsoever. This was due in part to their policy of never outsourcing animation jobs, which was expensive. In fact when the studio first started [[UpToEleven their first employee was a mannequin that was dressed up to pass as a secretory]]!

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* Creator/{{Filmation}} was notorious for making all of their series with absolutely no budget whatsoever. This was due in part to their policy of never outsourcing animation jobs, which was expensive. In fact fact, when the studio first started [[UpToEleven their first employee was the co-founders had to use a mannequin that was dressed up to pass off as a secretory]]!
12th Aug '17 10:19:13 PM Qaweldon
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** ''The Ruff & Ready Show'' had a budget that was tiny even by Hanna-Barbera's standards, around ''$3,000 per short (even in 1958 that was paltry)''. Compare that to the last ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' shorts Hanna and Barbera made for MGM a couple years earlier, which had budgets of close to $60,000! ''Huckleberry Hound'' didn't fare much better with it's meager budget of $6,000 per short.

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** ''The Ruff & Ready Show'' ''WesternAnimation/TheRuffAndReddyShow'' had a budget that was tiny even by Hanna-Barbera's standards, around ''$3,000 per short (even in 1958 that was paltry)''. Compare that to the last ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' shorts Hanna and Barbera made for MGM a couple years earlier, which had budgets of close to $60,000! ''Huckleberry Hound'' didn't fare much better with it's meager budget of $6,000 per short.



* Creator/{{Filmation}} was notorious for making all of their series with absolutely no budget whatsoever. This was due in part to their policy of never outsourcing animation jobs, which was expensive.

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* Creator/{{Filmation}} was notorious for making all of their series with absolutely no budget whatsoever. This was due in part to their policy of never outsourcing animation jobs, which was expensive. In fact when the studio first started [[UpToEleven their first employee was a mannequin that was dressed up to pass as a secretory]]!
12th Aug '17 3:32:07 PM Leefan
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* ''Anime/PopeeThePerformer'' clearly had little in the way of a budget considering the bare-basic back grounds and character designs along with it's robotic animation and low quality sound mixing, take a look for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJUP-UVvgLY yourself]].

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* ''Anime/PopeeThePerformer'' clearly had little in the way of a budget considering the bare-basic back grounds backgrounds and character designs along with it's robotic animation and low quality sound mixing, take a look for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJUP-UVvgLY yourself]].
7th Aug '17 9:13:35 AM WillyFourEyes
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* George Lai's ''Animation/SpaceThunderKids'' is entirely made up of [[StockFootage stock animation]] from other low-budget anime titles that were made at the time, resulting in an incredibly bizarre and incoherent end result of a film.

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* George Joseph Lai's ''Animation/SpaceThunderKids'' is entirely made up of [[StockFootage stock animation]] from other low-budget anime titles that were made at the time, resulting in an incredibly bizarre and incoherent end result of a film.
30th Jul '17 12:22:42 AM shinykittie
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* ''Film/StepsTroddenBlack'' takes this trope UpToEleven, having been made with basically no crew entirely on a budget of less than a thousand dollars, using volunteer actors and borrowed equipment. The complete lack of a budget makes the relatively high production values and competently produced visual and makeup effects even more impressive.

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* ''Film/StepsTroddenBlack'' takes this trope UpToEleven, having been made with basically no crew entirely on a budget of less than a thousand dollars, using volunteer actors and borrowed equipment.equipment, getting by on the strength of its dialogue and some surprisingly good amateur actors. The complete lack of a budget makes the relatively high production values and competently produced visual and makeup effects even more impressive.
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