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Leslie Nielsen's Last Movie in Limbo

The small-budget animated film may never be released because producers can't afford to pay for the final animation.

Leslie Nielsen's last movie may never see the light of day.

The actor, who died Sunday at 84, voiced a character named Ready Espanosa in the small-budget animated flick, The Waterman Movie, but the film's director says they can't afford to finish it.

The director, Bryan Waterman, tells TMZ.com that Nielsen finished his voicework over a year ago but a "great deal" of production on the animation remains.

He's seeking donations in exchange for a "special thanks" at the end of the movie to help get it into theaters.

Waterman also plans to add a dedication to the movie's end. RELATED: Read Naked Gun and Airplane! director David Zucker's tribute to the actor.

Wrote Waterman on his website Sunday after hearing of Nielsen's death: "There is no word greater than 'impossible' to describe the anomaly I was fortunate enough to be a part of. If only for a little while, I was friends with a super hero. From a fan, to a legend, you will be deeply missed."