Sun., Jan. 29, 2006, 6:00am PT

Walt's vision redrawn?

Brief historical footnote: Unique among Hollywood companies, Disney's roots were in animation.
It is thus all the more amazing to find the studio essentially outsourcing animation to the Pixar playpen in Emeryville, California. The details are still fuzzy, but certainly there's a suggestion that many of the700-plus corps of studio animators will be laid off -- certainly the unit set up to do sequels to Pixar's films -- and that the focus of activity will be transferred to Pixar headquarters under the creative direction of John Lasseter. Will old Walt be turning over in his grave? Or, having seen Disney's recent animation releases, maybe he will say, "Thank goodness someone else will be minding the store."