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Pixar Canada Closes Immediately

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Pixar-Canada-closedPixar Canada, the Vancouver-based extension of Pixar Animation Studios, will shut down immediately, reports Canadian source The Province.

The studio opened in 2010 under the leadership of Pixar veteran Dylan Brown. It existed as a vehicle for Pixar to focus on its legacy characters for shorts and spinoffs, namely characters from Toy Story and Cars. Pixar Canada’s now-brief roster included the Toy Story Toons Small Fry and Partysaurus Rex, the Cars Toons Air Mater and Time Travel Mater, and three 1.5-minute Tales from Radiator Springs vignettes.

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Nearly 100 employees will be let go with the closure as Pixar seeks to “refocus [its] creative and business efforts and resources under one roof” at its headquarters in Emeryville, California, a Pixar statement read.

While one of the initial reasons for starting Pixar Canada was to make television specials, it’s curious that Toy Story of Terror, which premieres October 16 on ABC, was actually made by the Emeryville team, not Canada.

It is sad whenever talented, hard-working animators are put out of work. However, hopefully the transition will help improve the quality of future Pixar productions.

What is not clear is perhaps the most intriguing question of all: Does this mean the mission itself of Pixar Canada is scrapped, or that that goal is just moving to a different location with a different set of animators? Specifically, does this mark the end of the Toy Story and Cars franchises for the near future? That’s what I’d love to know.

What do you think of Pixar Canada closing? Did you like its work? Should Pixar keep making Toy Story and Cars shorts?

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Blake graduated Appalachian State University studying Electronic Media Production and is an alumni of the Disney College Program. He is currently a copywriting apprentice at Elevation Church. Blake’s favorite films are Mary Poppins, The Lion King, and Toy Story 3. You can find him on Twitter (@blake_242) and visit his blog at blakeonline.com.
  • Fadi Antwan

    All I can say is that why in the world should they produce more Cars shorts? Seriously, that franchise is a menace to humanity…

  • Well, this came out of left field.

  • So sad! I hope everyone can regain their footing and find new jobs soon.

  • *sniff*

  • guest02

    As a kid who grew up in the 90s and got so much joy from all kinds of animation, it makes me so depressed to hear all this news. Hearing about dreamworks layoffs, disney 2d layoffs, pixar canada lay offs, not to mention miyazaki and glen keane retiring. This past year or so has really made me want to just sink :/

  • Brittany

    Wow. Well…at least they have Pixar on their resume.

  • I haven’t really seen much of their work, so I can’t say.

    • Max den Hartog

      You can see the Cars Toons on their site!

  • mgfsjhlgksjhsmlkjlk

    Fuck Pixar, you’re like others companies, always money/profit/shit sequels ! Glad there are other studios I can trust and not being treated like a puppet, like you did dear Iger/Lassetet.

  • Nathan C.

    Why is there so much bad news from Disney Animation these days?! First we lose our Phineas and Ferb movie, we miss out on Pixar in 2014, and now this?

  • Gabriel Green

    I actually think this is a good thing for the company creatively. If Pixar is trying to put out more and more content the quality will inevitably fall. That’s why I’m also against them trying to do 2 films a year. I’d much rather wait and get top quality than get a bunch of okay stuff now.