Disney-owned animation studio Pixar is closing its Canadian studio in order to place all operations in California.
The Vancouver-based studio, Pixar Canada, has made short animated films including Air Mater, Small Fry and Partysaurus Rex -- short features based on major characters including Nemo and Woody from Pixar.
The Vancouver animation facility opened three years ago, and closes at a time where other animation centers in the region are still going strong. Sony's Canadian animation facility, for example, is a key player in recent animated films including Hotel Transylvania and The Smurfs 2.
"A decision was made to refocus operations and resources under the one roof," Barb Matheson, a spokesman for Disney, told Canadian news site The Province. "Staff were just told today. Not great news, obviously. It was just a refocusing of efforts and resources to the one facility."
As a result of the decision, 100 employees are slated to lose their jobs, as operations move to Emeryville, California.
A statement from Pixar said:
"As the dynamics of the animation industry continue to change rapidly, we continue to fine-tune our studio and its production processes. We have made the determination to refocus our creative and business efforts and resources under one roof. Pixar Canada will cease operations immediately."
Image credit: Disney Pixar FB
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