According to a recent report by Variety, Disney has decided to close down Pixar Canada in Vancouver, effectively eliminating 100 full time jobs. The studio was originally started in 2010 after being drawn towards tax incentives in the country. And while it has not been confirmed, some sources believe that the decision to close shop is related to the recent incentive reductions within British Columbia.
“A decision was made to refocus operations and resources under the one roof, Staff were just told today,” Disney spokesperson Barb Matheson reportedly said, referring to the company headquarters in Emeryville, Calif. “Not great news, obviously,”
Pixar Canada served as a testing ground for new directors for the studio, as well as a hotbed for new concepts. Some of the projects that were borne out of the studio include Toy Story Toons: Small Fry, directed by Angus MacLane, and Partysaurus Rex, directed by Mark Walsh.