The Walt Disney Co. is shutting down the Pixar studio in Vancouver, resulting in 100 job losses.
“As we look at the creative and business needs of our studio, we’ve made the decision to refocus our efforts and resources under one roof in Emeryville,” the company said in a statement quoted by Bloomberg News, referring to their studios in the San Francisco Bay Area.
As Variety notes, the move is a reversal of the trend that has seen digital production move to Canada. (See, for instance, Warner Brothers Games’ recent announcement it’s creating 100 jobs in Montreal.)
Since opening in 2010, Pixar’s Vancouver studio has produced short films based on established Pixar characters, the Province reports. Among the studio’s shorts are Air Mater, Partysaurus Rex and Small Fry.
The company set up shop at least in part because of British Columbia’s tax incentives for filmmakers, Variety reports, but the job cuts come in the wake of B.C.'s film credits falling behind those of other jurisdictions. Variety speculated that Disney may instead choose to set up shop in Ontario and Quebec, but Disney would not comment on the matter.
However, that does seem to be a move some digital production companies want to make. Video game maker Rockstar announced last year it's moving its Vancouver office to Toronto.
Disney bought Pixar in 2006 and, at last count, employed 1,200 staff, Bloomberg reports.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated that Disney is moving the jobs at its Pixar studio in Vancouver Emeryville, California. The company is eliminating the jobs altogether. Citing Variety, the article also stated that British Columbia had reduced its film credits. In actuality, B.C.'s film credits have remained stable, but other jurisdictions have surpassed the province in incentives for film production companies. Huffington Post Canada regrets the errors.
The studio has lured some pretty good gets from celebrities either looking to impress their kids or earn a stable residual check, but Paul Newman is the cherry on top... or should that be the salad dressing?
118. Annie Potts as Bo Peep ("Toy Story")
117. John Turturro as Francesco Bernoulli ("Cars 2")
116. Vanessa Redgrave as Mama Topolino/The Queen ("Cars 2")
115. Tony Shalhoub as Luigi ("Cars 2")
114. Cheech Marin as Ramone ("Cars")
113. Whoopi Goldberg as Stretch ("Toy Story 3")
112. Will Arnett as Horst ("Ratatouille")
111. Roddy McDowall as Mr. Soil ("A Bug's Life")
110. Wallace Shawn as Rex ("Toy Story")
109. George Carlin as Fillmore ("Cars")
108. Bruce Campbell as Rod "Torque" Redline ("Cars 2")
107. Penn Jillette as TV Announcer ("Toy Story")
106. Frank Oz as Jeff Fungus ("Monsters Inc.")
105. Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants ("Toy Story 3")
104. Craig Ferguson as Lord Macintosh ("Brave")
103. Fred Willard as Shelby Forthright (live-action) ("WALL-E")
102. Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head ("Toy Story")
101. Sigourney Weaver as the voice of the Axiom's computer ("WALL-E")
100. R. Lee Ermey as Sarge ("Toy Story")
99. Paul Newman as Doc Hudson ("Cars")
Even amid the intense pressure to keep topping themselves movie after movie, some of the studio's best and brightest find time to voice a character or two, as did the late Joe Ranft who helped define modern animation.
98. John Lasseter as John Lassetire ("Cars 2")
97. Pete Docter as Kevin ("Up")
96. Lou Romano as Snot Rod ("Cars")
95. Lou Romano as Bernie Kropp ("The Incredibles")
94. Andrew Stanton as Crush ("Finding Nemo")
93. Andrew Stanton as Evil Emperor Zurg ("Toy Story 2")
92. Brad Bird as Ambrister Minion ("Ratatouille")
91. Brad Bird as Edna Mode ("The Incredibles")
90. Joe Ranft as Red ("Cars")
89. Joe Ranft as Jacques ("Finding Nemo")
88. Joe Ranft as Lenny ("Toy Story")
The sardonic postal worker from "Cheers" has found a home in every single Pixar movie, and neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays him from doing so. His bad guy straight out of Jack Kirby-era "Fantastic Four" is the hilarious punchline of "Incredibles."
87. John Ratzenberger as Tom ("Up")
86. John Ratzenberger as Mustafa ("Ratatouille")
85. John Ratzenberger as the school of Moonfish ("Finding Nemo")
84. John Ratzenberger as Mack ("Cars 1 & 2")
83. John Ratzenberger and Kathy Najimy as John and Mary ("WALL-E")
82. John Ratzenberger as P.T. Flea ("A Bug's Life")
81. John Ratzenberger as Hamm ("Toy Story 1,2, & 3")
80. John Ratzenberger as The Abominable Snowman ("Monsters Inc.")
79. John Ratzenberger as The Underminer ("The Incredibles")
"Lawrence of Arabia" himself lent an extra air of gravitas to the stuck-up food critic who gets magically transported back to his childhood via a simple peasant dish.
78. Teddy Newton as Chatter Telephone ("Toy Story 3")
77. Bud Luckey as Chuckles ("Toy Story 3")
76. Willem Dafoe as Gill ("Finding Nemo")
75. Denis Leary as Francis ("A Bug's Life")
74. Jeff Garlin as Captain B. McCrea ("WALL-E")
73. Peter O'Toole as Anton Ego ("Ratatouille")
The Bad Parents
For years comedian Patton Oswalt used Brian Dennehy as a punchline in his act, so it was fitting that the great character actor should wind up playing his garbage eating, philistine rat of a father.