The Walt Disney Company is closing DisneyToon Studios, effective immediately. The news was first reported by IndieWire. Disney’s 3rd animation studios was best known for their direct-to-home productions and the Disney Fairies and Planes franchises.
What Disney Said:
After much consideration, we have made the decision to end production activity and close Disneytoon Studios,
- 75 staffers are expected to be effected
- It is unknown if they will be transferred to Pixar or Disney Animation
- The untitled film announced at the D23 Expo has been cancelled
About DisneyToon Studios:
- Originally called Disney MovieToons
- First production was DuckTales: Treasure of the Lost Lamp in 1990
- Released 47 films with a mix of theatrical and direct-to-video releases
- It was presumed that DisneyToon Studios would create productions for the upcoming Disney direct-to-consumer service
- This continues the reorganization of Disney’s animation groups following the departure of John Lasseter
- Presumably means the end of “spinoff” films such as Disney Fairies and Planes.