November 22, 2013 |
Pixar Animation Studios has laid off an undisclosed number of people at its Emeryville, Calif., headquarters due to the delay of its forthcoming film "The Good Dinosaur. " The layoffs affect less than 5% of the company's 1,200-person workforce, according to a source close to the studio. In September, "The Good Dinosaur" was pushed back from its original release date of May 30, 2014, to Nov. 25, 2015. About a month before the project was delayed, the studio, a unit of Walt Disney Studios, removed director Bob Peterson from the project.
December 10, 2013 |
On Oct. 16, 1923, Walt Disney and his brother Roy began the Walt Disney Co. inauspiciously in the rear of a small office at the Holly-Vermont Realty in Los Angeles. It was there that the young brothers, who paid $10 a month for the modest space, began producing their live action/animated series of shorts known as the "Alice Comedies. " Ninety years later, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a slightly larger and more lucrative operation. Its 53rd animated feature, "Frozen," just knocked "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" off its box office pedestal and has brought in more than $134 million domestically since its opening on Nov. 22. And the new animated short that plays in theaters with "Frozen," called "Get a Horse!
December 2, 1988
* Pixar, formerly the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm Ltd., has appointed Charles Kolstad as president and chief executive. Kolstad, 41, succeeds Ed Catmull, 42, who was named chairman and chief technology officer. As chairman, Catmull succeeds Steven Jobs, who continues as a director and the company's major shareholder. Kolstad previously was vice president-manufacturing and engineering. Jobs, is president of the computer company Next.
March 9, 2010 |
Disney is wringing the pink out of its princess movies. After the less-than-fairy-tale results for its most recent animated release, "The Princess and the Frog," executives at the Burbank studio believe they know why the acclaimed movie came up short at the box office. Brace yourself: Boys didn't want to see a movie with "princess" in the title. This time, Disney is taking measures to ensure that doesn't happen again. The studio renamed its next animated film with the girl-centric name "Rapunzel" to the less gender-specific "Tangled."
April 5, 2006 |
Pixar Animation Studios President Ed Catmull will get 400,000 Pixar shares in connection with the Emeryville, Calif.-based company's $7.4-billion sale to Walt Disney Co. The Pixar shares would be worth $25.6 million at Tuesday's closing price of $64.10. Catmull's pay was approved by the compensation committee of Pixar's board, Burbank-based Disney said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
September 11, 2008 |
Walt Disney Co. has given broader responsibilities to two key animation executives by naming them each to newly created general manager positions at the company's two major animation divisions. Andrew Millstein will continue to oversee the daily operations of Walt Disney Animation Studios in addition to now running DisneyToon Studios, which produces direct-to-DVD animated movies. Jim Morris, who has been managing the production of features and shorts at Pixar Animation Studios, will also assume responsibility for overall operations.