'Toy Story' producer Pixar opens Vancouver studio

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Apr 21 2010 07:16 AM | Updated as of Apr 21 2010 03:16 PM

VANCOUVER, Canada – Buzz Lightyear, Nemo and The Incredibles are coming to Canada as the Disney-owned Pixar Animation announced Tuesday the launch of a Vancouver studio.

While no financial details were released, Pixar Canada?s initial plan is to produce 20 to 25 minutes of short films annually to be distributed worldwide on the Disney Channel, the Internet and theme parks, among other outlets.

Pixar Canada general manager Amir Nasrabadi said the company?s goal was to employ 75 people by 2012. The studio is currently operating out of a 5,000-square-foot office in downtown Vancouver and is in negotiations to move up to a 20,000 to 25,000 square foot space in future.

Nasrabadi said he wasn?t sure if the studio would eventually produce full-length animated feature films.

Pixar, which was purchased in 2006 by the Walt Disney Company for a reported 7.4 billion dollars (US), has won 24 Academy Awards over the years for such blockbusters as Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Cars, among others.

It will release Toy Story 3 in July and Cars 2 in the summer of 2011.

Pixar Canada plans to begin production of its first animation offering beginning in August.