Thursday, March 21, 2013

Lucasfilm Animation Alterations

Seems sort of obvious now that Diz Co. owns The Force, they wouldn't want Cartoon Network (and Time-Warner) to share the wealth.

... It seems that the team behind The Clone Wars will not be a team for much longer. While the status of Season 6 story arcs is still unknown, reports indicate that Lucasfilm employees responsible for bringing the show to life are being reassigned or let go. ...

[One source] described a dramatic downsizing of the entire division and said that Disney planned to place future Star Wars TV projects in the hands of its existing television operation.

Ah yes, downsizing. The ongoing theme of 2013.

But Disney didn't purchase Lucasfilm for the animation division. Animation is part of the package, but I understand the Mouse has other assets of the same type. So they're dealing with Lucas cartoons in the obvious way: reducing the footprint.

Which likely means Star Wars projects will end up at Disney TV Animation, Disney Toon Studios, or some other Disney animation unit. Big Shiny Robot isn't thrilled with this.

... Let’s be honest, no Disney television show has ever or will ever look as good as The Clone Wars did. And it’s a testament to those who worked on it. ...

Lucasfilm still has a feature animation unit; my information is it will continue with the current project (helmed by Brenda Chapman). Whether it makes a feature beyond the project now in work is anybody's guess.

But I would prognosticate a big "no," and that the current movie will be a one-off. Disney needs a third feature animation division like it needs a third ear on Mickey. And I don't know how John Lasseter would fit into the equation (if he'd fit at all.)

6 comments:

sotiris2006 said...

Disney didn't close down Marvel Animation or integrated it with Disney Television Animation so why would they do so with Lucasfilm Animation?

LeftyMcKay said...

Last I heard Ms. Chapman was back at DreamWorks.

Floyd Norman said...

Ya gotta love this wacky business. More blood in the shark tank. So glad I'm no longer in it.

Kenneth Elliott said...

Interesting development. Very interesting...

FM said...
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Grant said...

Next up, most of ILM. Although a final decision is pending, WETA can do the Star Wars effects a lot cheaper, and JJ Abrams seems to like that. Here's hoping NO ONE who worked on the design of the last 3 films works on the new ones.

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