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Pixar Heads Disney Animations

Published January 30, 2006 in Industry News
By Ryan Parsons | Image from Pixar
Pixar The Pixar Team Moves Into Disney
Now that Disney has acquired Pixar for a cool $7.4 billion it is time for a bit of restructuring at the mouse house. Though Pixar is now a part of Disney, many of the company's critical seats are sliding into Disney.

Who owns who again?

Pixar Brings Tune Up for Disney

Since Pixar's track record on recent animations is stories above that of Disney, the recent purchase by Disney also meant the replacement of some of their own staff.

According to Variety, the recent changes over at Disney would make one think that it is Disney who has become the subsidiary.

David Stainton, the president of Disney Animation and the guy who turned the studio's emphasis on to straight-to-video, has been removed from his position in favor of Pixar president Ed Catmull.

In addition, John Lasseter (Toy Story), who oversees creative for Pixar, will now be chief creative officer for all of Disney animation, giving him a hand in every toon released by the Mouse House.

The new Pixar crew has also been given the authority to oversee Disney's L.A.-area animation.

Stainton's replacement may have come as a shock with the ex-president's involvement in both the CG film Chicken Little-- which did well at the box office -- and his position to continue drawn animation (straight-to-video).

However, Chicken Little's box office numbers ($250 million) were no match to the Pixar-created The Incredibles ($632 million). Add the fact that there are many who criticize the straight-to-video sequels Disney has been cranking out and we can see how this 'tune up' resulted in Stainton's removal.

Disney may still be the animation machine but Pixar is not the oil; and no machine can run without good oil.

Stay tuned for updates.

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