|Former type||Subsidiary of Pixar|
|Defunct||October 8, 2013|
|Headquarters||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Key people||Amir Nasrabadi (general manager)
Dylan Brown (creative director)
Darwyn Peachey (chief technical officer)
Pixar Canada was a wholly owned subsidiary of Pixar Animation Studios. It was located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The studio was tasked to produce short films based on Pixar's feature film characters.
In October 2013, Pixar Animation Studios permanently closed Pixar Canada and laid off its approximately 100 employees, in order to refocus Pixar's efforts at its main headquarters in Emeryville, California.
Pixar Canada was founded in 2009 and officially opened on April 20, 2010 in Gastown area of Vancouver, British Columbia. The location was chosen for tax incentive reasons, for Vancouver's computer-generated animation talent pool and for time zone compatibility with the Hollywood studio. Studio's initial three-year plan was to produce animated short films based on established Pixar film characters, to be shown in all of Disney-related businesses, including television, DVD compilations, internet, theme park attractions, and theatrical presentations. Post-production and stereoscopic 3D work remained in the hands of the Pixar's main studio in California.
Disney was attracted to Vancouver's location because of tax incentives, and this closure comes in the wake of British Columbia incentives falling behind those offered by Ontario and Quebec. Pixar Canada has produced a number of short films for the studio, including “Air Mater,” “Small Fry” and “Partysaurus Rex” since 2010. Pixar’s shorts have been a proving ground for new directors and concepts for the studio.
The studio was built to develop animated shorts presenting Pixar characters which would be packaged with DVDs or featured on screens through its theme parks as a skillful way to draw attention away from long waits for rides. A company spokesperson said the work done in Vancouver would be transferred to the company’s headquarters in Burbank, California.
The Vancouver animation establishment opened with much fanfare at 21 Water Street in 2010, with a approval to produce short films based on esteemed Pixar characters. The Vancouver company worked on layout, sets and characters, animation, effects, lighting and rendering departments. 
Viewers of the animation scene in Vancouver disregarded Pixar’s departure, suggesting the industry is robust enough in the province to easily absorb the displaced Pixar workers. Unfortunately, Walt Disney Studios closed its Vancouver-based Pixar Canada studio leaving nearly 100 Pixar employees without a job just three years after opening.
When Pixar set in motion in British Columbia came the arrival of U.S. studio's such as Digital Domain and Sony Pictures Imageworks, with Pixar touting Vancouver’s talent base, proximity and shared time zone with Los Angeles and a digital animation tax credit offered by the B.C. government. Provincial Jobs Minister Shirley Bond said that it is “disappointing” that Pixar is leaving the province, however, she saw the decision as tied to the company’s overall business strategy as opposed to the B.C. business climate.
Disney, being one of the world’s far-reaching entertainment company business that had earned $1.58-billion (U.S.). Earnings increased 4.4 per cent to $11.5-billion, a bit below analyst estimates. While its large media network division saw revenue increase by 8.8 per cent, the studio arm that makes movies saw a 2-per-cent decline largely because of the whopping failure of The Lone Ranger. Disney started 2013 with an inner review targeted at discovering cost savings, specifically in the studio division which is its least profitable and has seen overlap in some of its functions since the purchase of Lucas Arts and the 2009 purchase of Marvel Entertainment.
- Mater's Tall Tales: Air Mater (November 1, 2011)
- Small Fry (November 23, 2011)
- Mater's Tall Tales: Time Travel Mater (June 5, 2012)
- Partysaurus Rex (September 14, 2012)
- Tales from Radiator Springs: Hiccups (March 22, 2013)
- Tales from Radiator Springs: Bugged (March 22, 2013)
- Tales from Radiator Springs: Spinning (March 22, 2013)
- Tales from Radiator Springs: The Radiator Springs 500 ½ (Spring 2014)
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