First EA, now the House of Mouse. Though this feels more like a house cleaning, similar to what was done last week with LucasArts purge. Former Disney Animator Tom Bancroft via Twitter has listed several names that are, as of today, not working under the iron, white gloved fist of Disney.
Amongst some of the layoffs are animators who worked on the recent Academy Award Winning animated short, Paperman. Here's some of the names listed via Bancroft:
Disney animation layoffs are today!So sad. Gone are Nik Raneri, Ruben Aquino, Alex Kuperschmidt, Fran's Visher, Russ Edmonds, 3 more— Tom Bancroft(@TomBancroft1) April 11, 2013
Others laid off from Disney today: Brian Ferguson, Jamie Lopez, Dan Tanaka. Safe for now are Mark Henn and Eric Goldberg.— Tom Bancroft(@TomBancroft1) April 11, 2013
Yup. Just when you thought Disney was done with gutting entire divisions of their company in order to maximize profits while slowly gaining ownership over every intellectual property known to man, they managed to find another entire department of human beings to destroy in the name of the almighty dollar. So why does a company that produced the third highest grossing movie of all time last year and just acquired the third highest grossing franchise of all time need to cut costs? The LA Times has a thoughtful answer, but we prefer a simpler one: because they can. We'll keep you updated as this story develops.