ENTERTAINMENT: America Loses Its Animation

America Loses Its Animation

The Christmas season is a traditional time for parents to take their children to the movie theater for a little animated fun. This year Walt Disney has reissued its classic Cinderella, and Filmation is coming out with a sequel to Carlo Collodi's classic tale called Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night. Both represent an increasingly rare breed: animated movies made in the U.S.

Almost unnoticed, much of America's animation business has moved offshore, primarily to Japan and South Korea, in search of lower costs. Since 1980, the number of unionized U.S. animation workers has fallen from 1,650 to 1,250, and...