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Pixar closes its Vancouver studio

VANCOUVER — After three years in Vancouver, Pixar is leaving town.

The film studio responsible for such animation classics as Toy Story, Up, and Finding Nemo announced Tuesday it was shutting down its Vancouver studio, which employed just under 100 people.

“The team at Pixar Canada is incredibly talented and we are so proud of the excellent work we have produced there,” said Pixar in a statement.

“However, as we look at the creative and business needs of our studio, we’ve made the decision to refocus our efforts and resources under one roof in Emeryville and will be closing the studio in Vancouver.”

The Vancouver studio created short animated films for Pixar since opening in 2010, including Air Mater, Small Fry and Partysaurus Rex.

Pixar is owned by The Walt Disney Company, which itself opened an animation studio in Vancouver in 1996, only to shut it down four years later.

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