Disney has decided to shut down the animation house of Disneytoon Studios, the people behind the “Planes” movies immediately.
“After much consideration, we have made the decision to end production activity and close Disneytoon Studios,” a Disney Spokesperson said in a statement.
Disneytoon Studios was created to work on the Disney’s direct-to-video projects. This notably included the “Fairies” films from 2008-2014. Disneytoon Studios was also responsible for two worldwide theatrical releases: “Planes” in 2013 and “Planes: Fire & Rescue” in 2014
It has been rumored that Disneytoon Studios had been in development on an untitled project since 2014. The project has since been removed from the theatrical release schedule and is no longer in development.
According to Indiewire, approximately 75 people will be laid off. The decision to shut down the studio is apparently unrelated to the recent leadership announcements at Walt Disney Animation and Pixar.
While no one likes to see people lose their jobs, creatively DisneyToon Studios has been a failure. With nothing having been released since 2014 and nothing in the creative pipeline it was a smart decision to shut down the studio.
I’m sure the people laid off will find jobs elsewhere. Many may even find jobs at either Walt Disney Animation or Pixar.