Following the recent string of hits that Walt Disney Animation Studios has celebrated (Tangled, Wreck-it Ralph, Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia), The Walt Disney Company has decided that to embrace the full potential of brilliant work from both Pixar and Disney Animation, a new animation studio will be created in a merger of the two beginning in 2017. The merger will include Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and the Disney subsidiary, Disneytoon Studios, and will be creatively lead by CCO John Lasseter and President Ed Catmull. Join me in welcoming Disney-Pixar Animation Studios to the world!
Disney-Pixar Animation Studios will continue to be run in two separate campuses: the former Pixar campus in Emeryville, CA and former Disney Animation campus in Burbank, CA. However, with the construction of the updated Burbank campus, the new studio's headquarters will be on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank.
The merger will distinctly sequester the jobs of the employees at each specific campus. The Emeryville campus will be dedicated to producing wholly original and new properties. So, Coco (2017) and Gigantic (2018) will be in production in Emeryville. The current franchise projects, Cars 3 (2017), Toy Story 4 (2018), The Incredibles 2 (2019), and Frozen 2 (unknown release date) will be in production in Burbank.
This very exciting news looks to bring together the greatest artists and technicians in the film industry under one studio, which is sure to continue producing hit after hit. Be on the look-out in 2017 at the recently announced D23 2017 Expo held in Anaheim, CA where Disney-Pixar Animation Studios is sure to announce some very exciting new projects!
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