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Disney says no more to Zemeckis’ ImageMovers Digital

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by: GATW Guest Writer
March 13th, 2010

A Christmas Carol

Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers Digital was the special effects studio behind the motion capture feature A CHRISTMAS CAROL, which was also directed by Zemeckis. Some very bad news has been announced today for IMD and its fans. Disney and IMD will be closing the ImageMovers Digital Marlin County facility once MARS NEEDS MOMS (not directed by Zemeckis) is complete. This means the IMD facility is suppose to be closed by January 2011.

Why is Disney pulling the breaks on IMD? Well, the sad and sadly familiar answer of a struggling economy is what seems to be getting the blame for this decision. IMD just does not appear to be a cost-effective enough tool in this economy for Disney. Alan Bergman, President of The Walt Disney Studios, made this sentiment pretty clear with the following quote:

"Bob and the entire IMD team successfully built a state of the art studio and produced an amazing film, A Christmas Carol, at a time when the dynamics of the industry are rapidly changing. But, given today’s economic realities, we need to find alternative ways to bring creative content to audiences and IMD no longer fits into our business model."

Yes, A CHRISTMAS CAROL did look very cool, but apparently it did not make enough for Disney to still consider ImageMovers Digital a viable resource in this economy. It looks like no more IMD for now. How sad are you to see it go?

Source: Deadline Hollywood (via /Film)

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