Friday, May 8, 2009

New Pixar Studios in Vancouver ☆~

This is breaking news: Pixar, it has just been announced, plans to open a 20,000-square-foot satellite studio this fall in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The studio is currently scouting locations in the city for the new facility.

The Vancouver studio will focus only on the production of Pixar's short films and other non-feature projects based for the most part on "legacy characters", such as the characters of Toy Story.

"The operation will be small in size and dedicated to producing short-form quality computer animation for theme parks, DVDs, television and theatrical exhibition... for several different divisions of The Walt Disney Company", Pixar president Ed Catmull tells The Hollywood Reporter. The studio plans to hire between 75 and 100 employees, mostly Canadian, for the job, according to general manger Jim Morris.

Amir Nasrabadi, current vice-president of operations and finance at Disney's direct-to-video sequel outfit DisneyToon Studios, has been picked to be the general manager of the Vancouver operation. Pixar animator Dylan Brown, supervising animator on Ratatouille and Finding Nemo, will be the local creative director.

Vancouver was chosen for several reasons, including its location and time zone (near to and same as Emeryville, respectively), the tax incentives provided by the Province of British Columbia, and other factors, such as the abundant talent located in the area.

Let me just say, this is huge. Huge. It's incredible to see Pixar expanding this way. And to Canada, eh! Now, if they would've only picked Toronto, I'd be preparing to camp out at the proposed location with a sign reading "WILL WORK FOR FOOD".

Taken from the PIXAR blog.



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