There are pretty much two main ways to get good animators (and other key creatives and technical geniuses needed to succeed) in this business.
1) pay more than anybody else
2) create a better creative environment than anybody else
Why do animators line up around the Pixar booth at SIGGRAPH to drop off their reels? It's not 'cuz Steve Jobs is wildly philanthropic with his salary structures. However Pixar's well earned reputation for the dedication to great storytelling, fantastic animation and a business atmosphere that trusts the artists trump all the money somebody else might toss around. In my opinion if you run a studio, these are your choices. If you want to get your money back out of your investment, the first thing you need to do is stop treating it like an investment. Invest in your culture. And the culture of a studio is not defined by furniture, location, clients, management, mission statements or any of that. Your culture is the collective vibe of your people. Invest in your people and trust them.
If you don't find yourself willing to do that, then be prepared for one of two things to happen.
1) you'll always lose out on getting the best people
2) or you'll spend a TON more money trying to get (and keep) them.