January 14th, 2004

Flying Ace

Lest we forget...

Mouse House shutters Orlando animation unit
Mon Jan 12, 7:00 PM ET

Because this is the best paragraph the whole article, I'm placing it in front of the cut:

"Closure of the Walt Disney Florida Feature Animation facility is yet another example of Michael Eisner's de-emphasis of creativity and total indifference to the impact his decisions have on the people who helped to make the company great," Disney wrote on his SaveDisney.com Web site. "Once again, the Eisner regime has emphasized short-term gains over long-term value.

"The drain of talent over the past several years from the company's feature animation department in Orlando, Burbank, Paris and Tokyo has been absolutely gut-wrenching," continued Disney, who is the nephew of studio founder Walt Disney. "People are being asked to leave because management -- particularly Michael - can't figure out what to do with them. That certainly is not the fault of the talent. It is the fault of the so-called strategic thinkers at headquarters."

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Take your hat off folks. Traditional Animation at Disney is offically dead.
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