In a few more weeks Image Movers Digital shuts down. Here's the last work of one of Disney's shortest-lived studios ...
When Dick Cook was shown the door at the House of Mouse, I wondered how long it would take before Robert Zemeckis's digital studio in northern California would get down-sized or closed. Since it was set up on Dick C.'s watch, I didn't figure its odds of survival were high, since the handiwork of ousted execs is often expunged with them.
In Image Movers Digital's case, the answer came quickly: "Not long."
In fact, IMD's life-span turned out to be shorter than the rodent cousins of the Disney corporate symbol. The studio was opened, "Christmas Carol" underperformed, and Mr. Cook's successor was prompt about seeing that I.M. Digital got shuttered as quickly as possible. (After the usual facility visit saying everything was peachy, of course.) Feature Number Two was well underway, so the decision was made to complete it in-house, closing each department as that unit's work came to an end.
So the second and last of IMD's produced features comes out next year, and we catch our first major glimpse of the movie in the trailer above.