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.
Little Orbit announced today it is working with Disney Interactive to bring Planes: Fire & Rescue, based on Disney’s highly anticipated feature film of the same name, to North America, Europe and Australasia on Nintendo Wii™, Nintendo 3DS™ and DS™ this fall. The collaboration also includes the launch of a Violetta video game based on the successful tween telenovela, Violetta, from Disney Channel. The musical rhythm game will launch across European territories and in South America for Nintendo Wii™, Nintendo 3DS™ and DS™ this summer.
“Teaming up with Disney Interactive to expand the worlds of Planes: Fire & Rescue and Violetta on video game platforms is a great honor for us,” said Matt Scott, CEO of Little Orbit. “We know fans are going to love seeing their favorite characters come to life in these fun-filled adventures.”
Planes: Fire & Rescue will extend the storyline of the film, taking fun to the skies with action-packed fire-fighting. Players can embark on adventures with all their favorite characters from the movie.
Violetta will take players on an all-star experience as they experiment with music and rhythm and to become a star performer. Players will collect points to unlock costumes, art and more to customize their musical experience.
The games arising from this collaboration will be distributed in EMEA and Australasian territories by leading video game publisher and developer, BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe S.A.S.