DisneyToon Studios to Close Down
According to a recent report by Indiewire, Glendale-based DisneyToon Studios will be closing down after 30 years of operations, mostly handling many of Disney’s direct-to-video releases including the likes of the Tinkerbell movies, Planes, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning, Mulan 2, and others. The studio originally operated as “Disney Movie Studios,” before taking on the most recent name. DisneyToon’s most recent releases were Planes: Fire and Rescue (2014) and Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2015). DisneyToon Studios was overseen by general manager Meredith Roberts.
Insiders see the studio’s shuttering as partly caused by the company’s reorganization in the wake of John Lasseter’s departure, but also because direct-to-home video movies are losing market share to streaming services. Regardless of the cause, it is estimated that more than 75 people will be laid off as a result of the studio’s closing. An untitled Planes spin-off was also removed from Disney’s slate.
“After much consideration, we have made the decision to end production activity and close Disneytoon Studios,” a Disney spokesperson said in a statement.
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