It’s great to see Pixar expanding. From a 40 employee start-up to an 1,000 employee animation powerhouse, the world renound animation studio is getting bigger as other companies are drastically downsizing.
Now Pixar is taking the next big step, they’re opening a brand new, 20,000 sq. ft. animation studio in Vancouver, Canada next fall! The operation will focus on short form projects based on Pixar’s "legacy characters" like Buzz, Woody, Lightning and Mater. They will also create animation for DVD content, theme park rides, television and more.
The creative talent will be headed by accomplished Pixar animator, Dylan Brown, most famous for his work on Ratatouille and Finding Nemo. Amir Nasrabadi, ex-VP of finance at DisneyToon Studios will become General Manager and Darwyn Peachey, ex-head of 3D, will become the company’s CTO. All of which will be reporting to Pixar CFO Ali Rowghani.
The reasons cited for the satellite’s location are tax incentives, the close-ish proximity to Emeryville and the great amount of talent in the area. The Vancouver location, which is still being scouted, will employ 75-100 talented individuals.
It is of note that Pixar General Manager Jim Morris said that all feature production and 3D production will stay at Pixar in Emeryville. You can expect such things as TV interstitials like Cars Toons and UPisodes from Disney/Pixar’s brand new animation studio in Canada.
What do you think about this announcement? Do you think it was a good move on Pixar’s part?
(via The Hollywood Reporter)