Your Assistance Please

We need your help to battle spammers and also to keep our community user friendly.
PLEASE BE KIND TO OTHERS - Refrain from personal attacks. Avoid politics and harsh language whenever possible. If someone is violating our simple rules, DO NOT confront them, simply report the post.
STOP SPAMMERS - Report the post. DO NOT respond to them.

2017 is a year of renewal for us, we have lots of exciting changes on the way for you, but we don't have time to deal with trolls and spammers. If you find yourself suspended and need to plead your case, you will need to do so after your suspension. We are happy to address your concerns if you made a simple mistake. However, please note that those with a history of bad behavior and pushing our rules to the limit will not be given the courtesy of a reply.

MiceChat offers a number of ways for you to communicate and get involved. We offer Facebook Groups and Pages, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest accounts. We have a front page filled with amazing content. We offer weekly meetups in the parks. Meets and events all over the world. Podcasts and videos. And we continue to maintain forums for your posting convenience. But with all those options, we can't be everywhere all the time. We need YOUR help. Please don't poke the trolls. Report posts and leave reputation. We'll do our best to keep the forums clean and active, but we can't do so without your help.

Thank you for your support folks, it's going to be a really fantastic year in the MiceChat world.
See more
See less

Disney closing digital studio


Ad Widget

This topic is closed.
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Disney closing digital studio

    Disney to close Bob Zemeckis' digital film studio, laying off hundreds | Company Town | Los Angeles Times

    In a cost-savings move, Walt Disney Studios is shutting down director and producer Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers Digital studio in Marin County, which employs 450 people. Those employees will be phased out over the course of the year until the facility closes by January 2011. Zemeckis' San Rafel-based company, which Disney has been bankrolling, produces motion-capture animation technology that was used in the filmmaker's 2009 big-budget holiday movie, "A Christmas Carol."
    "Given today's economic realities, we need to find alternative ways to bring creative content to audiences and IMD no longer fits into our business model," Disney Studios President Alan Bergman said in a statement.
    Ever since ousting Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook and overhauling the movie operation under his successor, Rich Ross, the Burbank studio has been aggressively cutting costs by consolidating operations, slashing overhead and reigning in production and marketing budgets.
    "A Christmas Carol" cost the studio hundreds of millions of dollars to make and promote. Disney launched a costly marketing campaign that included a lavish whistle-stop train tour. The movie, which cost about $175 million to produce, generated $324 million in ticket sales worldwide.
    ImageMovers is currently completing production on "Mars Needs Moms," which Disney plans to release in March 2011. Zemeckis is also developing a 3-D adaptation of the 1968 Beatles animated film, "Yellow Submarine."
    Disney said the studio is "hoping to create a long-term production deal" with Zemeckis and his IMD partners, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey, which would include the ongoing development of "Yellow Submarine," although no arrangement has been finalized.
    Disney has been in partnership with Zemeckis and his motion-capture studio for the last four years. The studio and the filmmaker have had an association since 1988, when Zemeckis directed the groundbreaking hit "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?," a live- action comedy that incorporated animation.
    Zemeckis has had a love affair with visual effects since "Roger Rabbit" and has pushed motion-capture technology with such films as Warner Bros.' "The Polar Express" and Paramount Pictures' release "Beowulf."
    --Claudia Eller and Dawn C. Chmielewski

  • #2
    Re: Disney closing digital studio

    It still bugs me when people add a question mark after Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

    As for the news... I dunno.. I'm indifferent. It sounds like they made money off of Christmas Carol and shutting down the studio doesn't seem to make that much sense. But I personally don't care for motion capture movies.

    Visit my mice chat toy shop!

    Track Disney Animation Presence in the Theme Parks Worldwide!


    Ad Widget