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Even More Cuts At Disney!

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How disappointing!

In order to save $$$$$$, Disney has decided to close the doors to their Bay Area-based motion capture facility!

The Marin County studio was built by ImageMovers Digital, a company co-owned by director Robert Zemeckis and Disney, and the technology was used for Jim Carrey's performance in A Christmas Carol.

"Given today's economic realities, we need to find alternative ways to bring creative content to audiences and IMD no longer fits into our business model," said Walt Disney Studios prez Alan Bergman.

The facility will be closed after Zemeckis finishes using the studio for the upcoming Mars Needs Moms!, with the doors officially closing in January 2011 and 450 employees out of a job.

Sad!

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7 comments to “Even More Cuts At Disney!”



  1. 1

    Didn't the motion picture buisness make record numbers this year? Why would they cut this back? Makes you go Hmmmmmmm



  2. 2

    That's really unfortunate, but a least the employees got 10 mos. advance warning…



  3. 3

    I wonder who is really running Disney. The Mouse House if firing everybody, bodies are falling like Gaza and yet they claim business is better than ever. Avatar made motion capture the thing. Yet Bergman fires all the talent. A riddle.



  4. 4

    I'm thinking Disney should go back to the way they did animation in the past; by drawing. It was alot cheaper and hey it worked for aladin, snow white, beauty and the beast, peter pan, alice in wonderland, and so on….

  5. ibx says – reply to this


    5

    Motion capture is dying slowly….. Avatar wasn't 100% motion capture as james cameron said….. they need animators…… Motion capture is killing all animator around the world… So this is good news!!!



  6. 6

    Economic realities my ass.



  7. 7

    You and I have a duty to be patriotic and help our country in its time of need. The government is trying its best too. But Disney doesn't seem to have the same responsibility.
    Do corporations have a duty to their country in these tough times? No one talks about corporate responsibility to hire, or at least not fire and down size more workers.
    There has not been ONE corporation that has said they will hire people now to help the country and put patriotism ahead of profits. Corporate America has turned its back on it's country in its time of need. And the media that depends on advertising or corporate sponsors, seems hesitant to talk about it. This is far from fair or balanced.

    Why should workers buy the products of Disney or other companies that put workers out of business?