“Animation Fascination” Episode 53: Jessica Forer – DreamWorks Animation

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For the first time on the podcast we’re joined by an employee of DreamWorks Animation! Jessica Forer, a production coordinator at the studio joins us to co-host the entire episode as well as discuss her career.

Amongst things discussed are: Ms. Forer’s love of classic animation, the Mickey Mouse short “Get a Horse!”, and the closure of Pixar Canada.

(Recorded on 10/20/13)

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‘The Good Dinosaur’ Brings Bad News: Pixar Lays Off Staff Members

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As much as we all like to look at cartoons as being exempt from the fetters of adult concerns, animation is a business and sometimes businesses have to trim their costs in order to stay solvent. According to the executives from Disney who released the statement about the “small reduction in staffing levels” at Pixar, the simple reality is that the postponement of The Good Dinosaur to 2015 means income will not sustain the staff levels Pixar was operating with.

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Pixar Closes Canadian Studio

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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. 

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Details for ‘Monsters University’ Film Music and Official Soundtrack Album

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Pixar has released the details for the monstrously fun music that will be part of this summer’s Monsters University. From the music that we’ll hear when seeing the film, to the film’s official original soundtrack album, to the music that will be included in the attached short The Blue Umbrella, it sounds like the film will definitely be a feast for the ears along with the eyes and funny bone.

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