It sucks that we now live in a world where hand-drawn animation is no longer a part of Disney's game plan!
While we're not shocked that this happened with the slew of computer animated movies that come out each year, we would hope that for nostalgia sake that Disney would keep a part of their history going — and the quality has always been there with the hand-drawn animators anyway, so it isn't like their products were going down hill!
According to former Disney animator Tom Bancroft, who hopped on Twitter to unleash the saddening announcement to the world, Disney laid off nine veteran animators, including some of the studio’s biggest names: Nik Ranieri, Ruben Aquino, Frans Vischer, Russ Edmonds, Brian Ferguson, Jamie Lopez and Dan Tanaka. In total, 9 people have been given the axe, meaning that two are still unnamed at this point.
It really is the end of an era!
Hopefully though, regardless of a giant like Disney, hand-drawn animation stays alive somewhere and somehow in the world!
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