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Big Deal…

by on Feb.20, 2006, under Richard Bingle

I’ve had lots of folks ask me my thoughts on the recent announcement of Disney’s purchase of long-time partner Pixar. The short answer? Too late.

Too late for Disney? Hard to say. Too late for me? Definitely.

While all sorts of rumors flew in the days after the announcement, my favorite was when two of my former co-workers from the California studio emailed me to ask if it was true that John Lasseter and Ed Catmull had toured the former Feature Animation Florida studio building. I walked down the hall and asked Jefferson if he’d heard that rumor. He said he thought he’d heard that rumor somewhere, but didn’t think it was true. A quick phone call to another former co-worker who still works in the building confirmed that the rumor was just that, a rumor. Apparently the folks in California were a bit concerned that Lasseter would want to keep his newly acquired crew away from the suits in Hollywood and would try to move operations back to Florida.

As much as I would like to work for Pixar and as much as I would like to get back into the animation industry, I just don’t see them ever re-opening the Florida studio.

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