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Disney Essentially Guts Hand-Animation Department!

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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!

[Image via WENN.]

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5 comments to “Disney Essentially Guts Hand-Animation Department!”



  1. 1

    Um, it's going to be a lot more than 9. More like in the hundreds. All the people that handle the post processing work on the drawings/cells will also lose their jobs. The Animation building will be one giant server farm.



  2. 2

    Oh man, that is a shame. I have noticed in some of their computer generated movies that the eyes on all the females are the same shape regardless of color.
    I used to love Disney but this year they did not even offer any specials for locals in the off season like they have always done in the past. From reading TripAdvisor forums it seems like tons of Aussies are going there and spending tons of money and multiple days or even weeks there.
    Well good on them, guess I will go to Knott's Berry Farm which is a whole lot cheaper anyway and have Mrs. Knott's Fried Chicken Dinner.



  3. 3

    I miss regular cartoons. Computer animation is cool, but can't there be room for both? It's getting tired already.



  4. 4

    Total shame…such talented people being let go for the computer…
    The kids these days should just start being taught computer technology…who needs a talent anymore

  5. Tim says – reply to this


    5

    My theory web Disney decided to layoff hand drawback animated films is that they keep waste money on buying franchises like Star Wars, marvel, etc. If they are concerned about their own financial issues when making hand drawn animated films, at least they could do is use the cintiq instead/ saving money for papers and pencils.