The new studio in Vancouver rolls out.
Disney Pixar officially launched its new Vancouver studio Tuesday, as it ramps up to an eventual 100 artists animating short films based on popular Pixar characters.
The Vancouver studio, which has put out a hiring call for local animators and technical artists, will produce short-form animation portraying legacy Pixar characters that includes Buzz Lightyear and Woody from "Toy Story" and Lightning McQueen from "Cars." ...
Pixar's new facility will be the third Disney studio set up north of the border. It seems as if yesterday there were others:
Walt Disney Animation Canada Inc. will open a Canadian studio in January, 1996, with offices in Toronto and Vancouver, it was announced today by Tom Ruzicka, Senior Vice President Production, Walt Disney Television Animation, at successive press conferences in each city. Walt Disney Animation Canada Inc. will produce direct-to-home video programming in connection with Walt Disney Television Animation ...
These two earlier studios turned out hand-drawn, direct-to-video features, but didn't last long. By the end of the decade they were gone, victims of shifting priorities and executives down at the Mother Ship in Burbank.
I'm guessing this new Disney studio north of Seattle lasts longer than its predecessors.