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Walt Disney Animation Opens New Vancouver Studio, First Project Is ‘Moana’ Musical Series For Disney+

Walt Disney Animation Studios is opening a new production facility in Vancouver, British Columbia which will focus on long-form series and special projects for Disney+.  The first project in development is the highly-anticipated, Moana musical series which was announced during Disney’s Investor Day last December.

According to Variety,  the studio will recruit new talent for its feature-quality slate and special projects that are being developed exclusively for Disney+.  The Burbank studio will also expand its over 900 employees and will remain the exclusive hub for feature film projects as well as shorter-form series such as the recently announced Baymax and Zootopia series for the streaming service.  Story development, storyboarding and production design for all projects will be based out of Burbank.

Animation vet Amir Nasrabadi will serve as Head of Walt Disney Animation Studios, Vancouver. Nasrabadi most recently served as EVP/General Manager at WildBrain Studios.

“Disney Animation is creating more original storytelling for Disney+, expanding into series for the first time in our history with ‘Iwájú,’ ‘Tiana,’ ‘Moana,’ ‘Baymax’ and ‘Zootopia+,’” said WDAS chief creative officer Jennifer Lee. “As we continue to grow our original slate of projects, there are more creative, artistic and technological opportunities than at any previous time.”

“I am so honored and excited to be joining the Disney family again,” says Nasrabadi. “I continue to be amazed at the high-level of artistry and technical advancements coming out of the animation industry here in Vancouver and I am so proud to be a part of this community. This is really a dream come true for me.”

Marvel Studios is also expanding its internal animation operations currently with their first animated Disney+ series What If…? releasing on Aug. 11. Marvel Studios is said to be hiring around 300 California-based employees for various positions at the studio.

“We’re going to have our animation branch and mini studio, and there will be more to come from that as well,” Alonso told Variety. “We’re super excited about animation, which is my first love.”

“With Burbank and Vancouver both home to some of the world’s most talented artists and technicians, we believe the storytelling and visual quality created within each location will meet the incredibly high standards we set for ourselves and audiences have come to expect from Disney Animation,” Spencer added.

Oscar-nominated producer Osnat Shurer is working on the Moana series for Disney+ which is set to debut in 2024.

Source: Variety

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