It’s the end of an era. Cartoon Brew (and ONTD) posted the news that:

According to former Disney animator Tom Bancroft on Twitter, Disney gutted their hand-drawn animation division this afternoon, and laid off nine veteran animators, including some of the studio’s biggest names: Nik Ranieri, Ruben Aquino, Frans Vischer, Russ Edmonds, Brian Ferguson, Jamie Lopez and Dan Tanaka. Two of the animators who still have jobs are Eric Goldberg and Mark Henn. The news of cuts in their animation division was leaked last week, but I, for one, did not anticipate that all these top animators would be let go.

The site has listed updates of those who might not get the ax after all.  But it’s a move everyone saw coming from ten miles away, sadly.  One hopes that there is still room for hand-drawn animation in the industry.


Some of Disney’s most memorable, recent animated films were hand drawn, like the Princess and the Frog, and before that, Beauty and the Beast. For most of us there is no comparison.  But it’s really about money at the end of the day.

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  • Really sad news. Of course I saw that coming, but all the traditional hand drawing Disney movies were partly one of the reasons that inspired me to study illustrations. It’s not easy. but I don’t regret it.
    At least there are a lot of them I will watch and treasure deep down in my heart forever.

  • Jpns Viewer

    Rest in peace, my love+
    +Classic beloved Mickey Mouse (*black and white and pre-Beauty and the Beast*)
    You have been but loved….

    I am hoping the trend won’t spread out towards Asia (Japan in particular) at any time in future. It would be the end of world’s anime (animation) era if that happened.

  • Blarsenusc

    And just months after winning Animated Short for what was essentially a 2D-styled animation. There’s gratitude for you. Too bad. 🙁

  • Sato

    Walt Disney himself is rolling in his grave!!!


  • Christophe

    So I guess that’s the end of classic Disney, now they’re going to concentrate on making sub-par animation. sigh…

  • Houstonrufus

    Not a surprise but still hurts the heart to hear this. So sad for all the great artists who are impacted by the rise of digital.

  • Sato

    So happy and grateful that Asia still has the great Hayao Miyazaki!!!

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