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    Exclamation Reorganization brings cuts in Disney animation - MarketWatch, 12/1/06

    MarketWatch, 12/1/06
    Reorganization brings cuts in Disney animation

    LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Walt Disney Co. said late Friday it was cutting an unspecified number of jobs at its animation division, citing a new staffing system in which each of the company's future films will have its own production schedule.

    The company said it was eliminating "a number" of current positions and said once notices go out, employees would have 60 days to find new employment. Sources outside the company said Disney would be cutting roughly 160 jobs.

    "After a careful review process, the management team at Walt Disney Animation has determined that each film will dictate its own appropriate production schedule," a company statement said. "The result of this necessitated a reduction in staff."

    Disney officials could not be reached for comment.
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    Re: Reorganization brings cuts in Disney animation - MarketWatch, 12/1/06

    Great. Now they need to do this in the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts subsidiary. It's always the animation part of the company. Like Al Lutz said, the management of the parks and resorts is too complicated and wasteful.

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    Re: Reorganization brings cuts in Disney animation - MarketWatch, 12/1/06

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyMickey View Post
    Great. Now they need to do this in the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts subsidiary. It's always the animation part of the company. Like Al Lutz said, the management of the parks and resorts is too complicated and wasteful.
    It will happen eventually. Needless to say, people at parks & resorts and WDI better be doing everything they can to please John Lasseter, a man who has disney fan's best interests in heart.

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    Re: Reorganization brings cuts in Disney animation - MarketWatch, 12/1/06

    All is not lost at Disney Animation. It looks like they're trying to move towards a more efficient operation--and short cartoons are coming back.

    This, from the New York Times:

    http://www.micechat.com/forums/showt...85#post1166085

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    Re: Reorganization brings cuts in Disney animation - MarketWatch, 12/1/06

    But what is really left? All they do are the CG wanna-bes. That's what Pixar is for, isn't it? Has anything changed or have I just not been paying attention?
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    Re: Reorganization brings cuts in Disney animation - MarketWatch, 12/1/06

    Disney lays off animators

    Cuts come as 'Meet the Robinsons' finishes production

    By Ben Fritz
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    December 4, 2006

    Disney is laying off about 160 employees, or 20% of the total staff, from its feature animation unit.

    Move comes as the Mouse House has greenlit "American Dog" as its next feature toon to move into production, most likely for a 2008 release.

    Cuts aren't connected to the company-wide layoffs the Mouse House went through in summer. Feature animation was excluded at the time, apparently fitting in with CEO Bob Iger's public insistence that toons are a core part of the company's future.

    Unlucky employees are expected to be notified in the next couple of weeks.

    Layoffs come as production is winding up on "Meet the Robinsons" -- which will be released in March -- and starting on "American Dog." Latter pic, which is being directed by "Lilo and Stich" helmer Chris Sanders, is about a TV star dog who gets stranded in mid-America.

    A release date hasn't been set, but since the Mouse House has said it is committed to releasing one pic per year from WDFA, it will likely come out some time in 2008.

    Layoffs apparently came as a result of WDFA toppers Ed Catmull and John Lasseter, who took over the division when Disney bought Pixar, concluding they had more employees on hand than needed to make "American Dog."
    "After a careful review process, the management team at Walt Disney Animation has determined that each film will dictate its own appropriate production schedule," a Disney rep said. "The result of this necessitated a reduction in staff."

    Other pics in development at WDFA for post-2008 release include "Rapunzel," "Joe Jump," and "The Frog Princess."

    Cuts won't effect Disney-owned Pixar Animation, which is also on track to release one toon per year going forward. "Ratatouille" comes out in June, and a third "Toy Story" is also in the works.

    Last major layoffs at WDFA came in the late '90s, when the unit started shifting away from hand-drawn animation.
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    Re: Reorganization brings cuts in Disney animation - MarketWatch, 12/1/06

    More analysis from The Motley Fool. Some good points here:

    Disney's Animated Response

    Now that Pixar is in the Disney bloodstream, it seems that a few of Disney's in-house animators are being shown the door. Several reports over the weekend had the family entertainment giant letting go of as much as 20% of its 800-strong workforce. Pixar's headcount, supposedly, won't be chopped.

    After a string of mostly lackluster productions, Disney has whittled away at its ink-and-paint staff in the past. This move appears tame by comparison. It's also not a very surprising decision. The company had already indicated that it was hacking away at the number of live-action features it would be producing, so it's only natural to see it follow suit in non-Pixar animation.

    In the past, cynics would have considered a move like this to be retreat. It just doesn't feel that way these days. Under CEO Bob Iger's leadership, terms like "addition through subtraction" and an emphasis on quality over quantity aren't likely to draw snickers. Disney really does feel like it's coming together as a quality family entertainment powerhouse, even if it had to acquire some of the key parts -- like Pixar -- to get there.
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    Re: Reorganization brings cuts in Disney animation - MarketWatch, 12/1/06

    when pixar took over all annimators were warned that if you can't draw, you aren't staying. I think most of these cuts are coming from "management" side or the ones hired expressly for cgi. to me CGI is becoming boring because everyone is now doing it and eventhough pixar does it well, there are so many annimated movies out there-good and bad- that the look has become blase' (SP) wouldn't it be nice to release an old fashioned, hand drawn, fairytale with songs again? I bet it would be a huge hit.

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