Disney officially shuts down DisneyToon Studios

Disney has officially shut down DisneyToon Studios, which was originally headed by John Lasseter.
By Tyler MacDonald | Nov 07, 2018
Disney officially closed Disneytoon Studios, its third animation studio known for the "Planes" theatrical franchises and "Disney Fairies" home entertainment.

The Glendale-based studio was headed by John Lasseter, former chief creative officer at Pixar and Disney who was recently succeeded by Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee. The shutdown will lead to the layoffs of 75 staff and animators, and its still not clear if any of them will be transitioned to Pixar or Disney.

"After much consideration, we have made the decision to end production activity and close Disneytoon Studios," a Disney spokesperson said.

Apparently, the move has been in the works for some time and is unrelated to the promotions of Lee and Docter. An untitled movie about the future of aviations from Bobs Gannaway ("Planes: Fire & Rescue") and Klay Hall ("Planes") was removed from the March 2019 theatrical release schedule. They are reportedly no longer in development.

Lasseter recently came under fire for alleged sexist behavior and unwanted advances made toward female staffers.

"He would give me, and countless other women, lecherous up-and-down looks (or unwanted hugs and touches) almost every time we crossed his path on campus," said graphic designer Cassandra Smolcic, who spent her late twenties at Pixar from 2009 to 2014.

"The entire Pixar workforce witnessed the sleazy spin that John brought to Pixar's Halloween bash. If he found a woman attractive when she got on stage, he'd ask her to spin around while he made suggestive comments, turning the event into yet another lewd spectacle."


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