Disney Closes Planes Studio Disneytoon

Disneytoon Studios, the animation team behind the Planes and Fairies franchises, has been shut down.

IndieWire reports Disney closed the Glendale, California-based animation house — the company’s third team alongside Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar. Disneytoon apparently employed around 75 people, and it’s unknown whether they will be allocated to the other two companies.

“After much consideration, we have made the decision to end production activity and close Disneytoon Studios,” a Disney spokesperson told IndieWire.

The closure means an untitled movie from Disneytoon, scheduled for March 2019, is no longer happening. Disneytoon also created a plethora of direct-to-video releases, including Mulan 2, Tarzan 2 and Bambi 2.

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