The Spanish animation industry is now ranked fourth in Europe. The production cost advantages of local Spanish firms has given the industry a competitive edge. Increasingly, Spanish animation companies are working with international players, and therefore enhancing their global exposure.

Unlike the situation in other European countries, such as France, the Spanish animation industry doesn’t enjoy government subsidies. This, of course, doesn’t work in favor of the industry when compared to its European competitors. Also, only about five per cent of the animation shown on Spanish television is made in Spain, which is a relatively low proportion.

However, Spain’s studios have succeeded in acquiring considerable expertise in merchandising, which opens up a number of lucrative avenues and new opportunities to generate revenue. Key productions from Spain include EI Cid, The Legend, Pinocchio 3000, The Ugly Duckling, Connie the Cow, The Triplets and Miniman. The leading animation studios in Spain include BRB Internacional, O’Ocon Films Productions, Neptuno Films, Cromosoma, Filmax Animation and Cartoon Productions.

  • The cost of Spanish animation is about $6,000 (£3.468) a minute, which is less than in other European countries
  • The Spanish animation sector is the fourth largest in Europe
  • The Spanish animation industry comprises more than 200 companies
  • More than 4,500 people are employed in the Spanish animation industry
  • More than 150 hours of content are produced by the Spanish animation industry every year

The source: 3D World (text) + Digital Vector (statistics)