Pixar Animation Studios this week closed its three-year-old Pixar Canada studio. Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Pixar Canada is reported to have employed over 100 people, all of whom are now out of work. The Canadian studio primarily worked on short films which starred “legacy” (aka existing) Pixar characters, including Small Fry, Partysaurus Rex, and episodes of Mater’s Tall Tales.
In a statement published on Deadline, a Pixar spokesperson said:
“The team at Pixar Canada is incredibly talented, and we are so proud of the excellent work we have produced there. However, as we look at the creative and business needs of our studio, we’ve made the decision to refocus our efforts and resources under one roof in Emeryville and will be closing the studio in Vancouver.”
Critics and observers from across cyberspace have been weighing in on the reasons and ramifications of the sudden studio closure. While we don’t have any more information than the next guy about this decision, our hope is that it will allow Pixar to continue in the best possible way to create shorts and features that are worthy of the studios’ stellar and hard-earned reputation.
Our thoughts are with the former employees of Pixar Canada. Thanks for the excellent work and we hope you are all gainfully employed again ASAP.