Disney announced today that it has cut 75 jobs at Pixar, including some executives from the upcoming film, “Lightyear.” According to Deadline, the director and producer of the film are among those who were let go. The layoffs come as part of a restructuring effort at Disney, which has been hit hard by the pandemic. The news has caused concern among many fans of the franchise, who have been eagerly awaiting the release of “Lightyear.”
One of the most notable figures to be let go is Galyn Susman, a producer who is credited with saving the film “Toy Story 2.” TMZ reported that Susman was among those who received a severance package. The layoffs are the first staff cuts at Pixar in a decade.
The news was first reported by Reuters, which cited sources who said that the layoffs were aimed at reducing costs and streamlining operations. In a statement, Disney said that the decision to cut jobs was difficult but necessary in order to position the company for future success.
“We are incredibly grateful for the contributions made by each and every individual who has worked at Pixar over the years,” the statement read. “We remain committed to creating the highest quality animated films and are confident that our upcoming slate of films will continue to delight audiences around the world.”
Despite the cuts, Disney says that it remains committed to its animation division and plans to continue creating new and innovative projects in the future. Fans of the franchise will be eagerly awaiting the release of “Lightyear” in 2022, which follows the origin story of the character originally voiced by Tim Allen in the “Toy Story” franchise.