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LA Times on Disney Animation Building’s Facelift

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The Los Angeles Times covers the renovations in progress at the Roy E. Disney Animation Building in Burbank, CA, which will take about 16 months and will result in a layout that will encourage greater interaction and interactivity between members in the studio. The article notes how this renovation is the pinnacle of changes instituted starting in 2006, when Disney acquired Pixar Animation Studios and named John Lasseter and Ed Catmull as chief creative officer and president, respectively, of the studio. The new building will use many of the same design concepts of Pixar’s main campus in Emeryville, CA, with a large central space for employees to “gather, eat, and share ideas.” The exterior is not scheduled to change except for one major alteration that will put the building entrance under the iconic sorceror’s cap from Fantasia that is on the building’s facade (and was once the office of Roy Disney).

The studio’s latest film, Big Hero 6, has become the third highest-grossing film the studio has produced (behind The Lion King and Frozen), and was nominated for a Best Animated Feature Academy Award.

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