While they may only be laying off 250 people this is going to put a huge strain on the remaining 1000 or so employees left, IMO. Disney is famous for working on multiple features at once - usually having one or two being produced at their Florida Studios and another one or two in production at Burbank. Overall this closing means we are going to see less and less of the traditional cel animation from Disney. While the Florida studios is finishing Lilo and Stitch + Treasure Planet, Burbank was finishing up Sweating Bullets and was supposed to be starting on The Bears (another Disney movie I thought had a lot of potential).
Originally posted by Randy H
Well, while I'm dissappointed with the news of the layoffs, you have to remember that Disney Feature Animation employs over 1000 people. Laying off 250 isn't going to shut them down. You can't blame a business for wanting to make money. That's what keeps food on Glen Keane's table. If the films can't make money, people can't keep making em. "Starving Artists" aren't necessarily good artists. Besides, how many of us went to see Titan AE or Iron Giant multiple times at the box office? Or Osmosis Jones? How many of us told our friends and got them going to those movies? Usually we waited till those films had flopped, then complained about it when we finally saw them on video. If we'd get out and see the movies, we could help the situation.
I think you guys are right about Lilo and Stitch. It's gonna' tear up the box office, and with Treasure Planet coming close after that, traditional animation will be back on track. Both of those films are supposed to have very good stories, and I'm already hooked on Lilo and Stitch. The trailer is pure gold, and really shows alot of depth.
This pretty much comes down to the bottom line that if Disney wants to put out an animated feature once to twice a year they're going to be using their TV Animation Studios a lot more - and we all know what that means, more cheapquels - so everyone get ready for Cinderella 3!
I did get to go see Osmosis Jones in the theatre but didn't even know about Iron Giant and personally feel Fox dropped the ball on the way they marketed Titan AE.
Truthfully I do hope Lilo and Stitch tears it up (I've spread the word to virtually everyone - showing them the trailers and what not) as it does look like a really fun movie and I can't wait to see it.
One last piece of info - Glen Keane is currently doing sketches for the Snow Queen - yep Disneys next forray into the world of CGI.
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