Are the surrounding objects static or animated? If the objects are animated, perhaps the animated text is waiting for these objects to complete their effect. And the effects could be set with a long transition time. When working with many animated elements, the timing panel helps with the order that effects will happen.
I tried adjusting the timing of the surrounding animated objects, but it did not help. Thanks for the suggestion.
I also tried turning off the animations for the surrounding objects, and it didn't work.
Keep in mind with multiple animated objects, the first will start animation, then finish. The second object won't start until the first is finished. Multiple objects can animate together, but they need to be linked in the time panel.