[Movies] Pixar Canada Shuts Down
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.09.2013
The Canadian branch closes its doors...
The Province reports that around 100 employees lost their jobs yesterday as Pixar Canada's Gastown animation studio closed after three years and moved to Emeryville, California.
Disney spokesperson Barb Matheson said: "A decision was made to refocus operations and resources under the one roof. The staff were just told today. Not great news, obviously. It was just a refocusing of efforts and resources to the one facility."
The Vancouver animation facility opened at 21 Water Street in the spring of 2010. It was created to produce short films based on established Pixar characters. It worked on layout, sets, characters, animation, effects, lighting and rendering.
Pixar said in a statement: "The team at Pixar Canada has produced a wonderful slate of short films since opening in 2010, including Air Mater, Small Fry and Partysaurus Rex. As the dynamics of the animation industry continue to change rapidly, we continue to fine-tune our studio and its production processes. We have made the determination to refocus our creative and business efforts and resources under one roof. Pixar Canada will cease operations immediately."
The rest of the computer animation and effects scene in Vancouver is going strong. Other facilities include Sony's Canadian animation building, which worked on Hotel Transylvania, The Smurfs 2 and Oz the Great and Powerful. Indie Vancouver animators Nitrogen Studios Canada are working for at least two years on the Seth Rogen-Evan Goldberg animated film Sausage Party.