Today in my studio wanderings several artists asked me about Pixar's newer animation facility in Vancouver. I said it should really be thought of as Disney's 'toon studio in Canada, since Pixar is actually a subset of the House of Mouse.
Be that as it may, there are a few things to keep in mind: 1) A decade ago, Disney had two animation studios in the Land to the North, headquartered in Toronto and Vancouver, and 2) There is another animation player making news in Canada right now that isn't named Disney:
Sir Elton John was waxing so eloquently on Ontario's burgeoning film animation industry today that Premier Dalton McGuinty jokingly offered him a cabinet post.
The pop star and the politician were at Starz Animation, which is producing a new animated movie called Gnomeo and Juliet for John's film company, Rocket Pictures.
McGuinty said the Ontario government is giving a $23 million grant to Starz to create new jobs ...
Gnomeo and Juliet, of course, was originally a project at Disney Animation Studios ... until the current management said "Uh, no." At which point Miramax, another Disney subsidiary, picked it up.
Starz Media is also working on the Tim Burton feature 9 (which looks not half bad, judging from the theatrical trailer now gracing your neighborhood AMC).
As always, animation is happening at many different points on the globe ... and this hemisphere. If it isn't being done in Los Angeles, then we're always glad to see toonage being turned out in a high-wage place like Canada.