Negative Pixar news always makes me sad.
But in all seriousness, Pixar Canada‘s location in Vancouver recently had to cut its losses and close down. Such a loss is exceedingly unfortunate, especially when computer animation as a whole is doing relatively well in Canada, especially with other companies like Sony’s Canadian animation group (they assisted with developing films like The Smurfs 2, Hotel Transylvania, abd Oz the Great and Powerful) and Nitrogen Studios Canada (a company that is currently prepping to assist in developing Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s upcoming animated film, Sausage Party).
In addition to that, around 100 employees for the company lost their jobs this past Tuesday as a result of the closure. Pixar apparently came to such a decision after deciding that they wanted to refocus their operations in their main base in Emeryville, California.
The location previously opened back in 2010 (in the spring) and it’s main job had been to produce memorable and well-crafted shorts that included already established Pixar characters. Some of the shorts included Small Fry, Air Mater, and Partysaurus Rex.
Barb Matheson, a spokesman for Disney had this to say about the unfortunate matter:
“A decision was made to refocus operations and resources under the one roof. Staff were just told today. Not great news, obviously. It was just a refocussing of efforts and resources to the one facility.”
Pixar also issued its own statement about the matter:
“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.”
I’m never happy to hear news about layoffs and closures and other related things. However, I am hoping that those 100 employees find better work elsewhere and I’m hoping that Pixar can recover and move on from this.
Source: The Province
Images From: Mashable.com, Blogdecine.com
- Pixar Canada Shut Down Today (pixartimes.com)
- Pixar Canada shuts its doors in Vancouver (blogs.theprovince.com)
- Disney to Close Pixar Canada (thewrap.com)
- Pixar Canada Has Been Closed (slashfilm.com)