Disney to Close Disneytoon Studios

Glendale-based animation house had been behind the “Planes” movies

Last Updated: June 29, 2018 @ 11:43 AM

Disney has shut down animation house Disneytoon Studios, the animation house behind the “Planes” movies, effective immediately.

“After much consideration, we have made the decision to end production activity and close Disneytoon Studios,” a Disney Spokesperson said in a statement to TheWrap.

Glendale-based Disneytoon Studios was originally created to work on the Disney’s direct-to-video projects, most notably the “Fairies” films from 2008-2014. Disneytoon Studios was responsible for two worldwide theatrical releases: “Planes” in 2013 and “Planes: Fire & Rescue” in 2014.

Disneytoon Studios had been in development on an untitled project since 2014. The project was removed from the theatrical release schedule in March and is no longer in development.

Approximately 75 people will be laid off according to Indiewire, and the decision to shut down the studio is unrelated to the recent leadership announcements at Walt Disney Animation and Pixar.