Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Pixar Canada opens in Vancouver [2 UPDATES]

Pixar Canada, Pixar's new satellite studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, was officially opened today. Selected members of the press were invited to visit the studio's 7,000-square-foot space inside a historic building located in Vancouver's Gastown district. B.C. premier Gordon Campbell (that like a "governor" for you Americans) came out for the unveiling.

According to Amir Nasrabadi, general manager of the Vancouver studio, Pixar hopes to expand its Canadian facilities to 20,000-25,000 sq. ft., perhaps moving to another location in the city at some point.

According to the Vancouver Sun, the Canadian studio "will begin training new staff in late May, and start work on its first short film by early August". There are currently twenty people on the payroll; the plan is to hire several dozen employees within the next year and a half.

As previously announced, Pixar Canada will focus exclusively on the production of non-theatrical short films and other projects based on Pixar's "legacy characters", such as Cars Toons and the rumoured Toy Story Toons. Using a "pipeline system", work done in Vancouver will be seen immediately in Emeryville, where the final stages of production on the shorts will take place.
Update: A video of the event (via Upcoming Pixar) was uploaded to the Province of British Columbia's YouTube channel in the evening and is embedded below. It has talking points from Campbell and Nasrabadi plus some cool, blink-and-you'll-miss-them clips of WALL-E, Lightning McQueen, and Carl's house from Up in Vancouver.

Update: New videos of the opening can be seen here, along with a nice still of a "sneak peak" at upcoming Cars Toons.

(Updated Apr. 21)


The Movie Kid said...


Freddy Carrasco said...

This is great news for us Canadians, can't wait to see what comes out of there.

Daniela said...

How do I apply for a job at this location? I am really interested in the entertaiment/film industry and I am willing to start from the very bottom to learn the ropes, Please if anyone has any information it would be greatly appreciated.

Robert said...

Good ol' Bud Lightyear.

From Vancouver said...


The entire epk video is here as taped off a monitor at the presentation. I'd love to be able to save a copy of this, it's very well done.

The CTV clip probably won't be available for long though.

Jim Turner said...

Here are some images from Pixar Canada's first project.


Goppy said...

Bud Lightyear, eh? Says a lot about Canadians, if you ask me.

Idiots said...

Way to go Pixar, you would think they were smart enough to make more jobs for Americans. There is a ton of talent here in your own country a country that needs work. What a bunch of idiots. " I know, lets make studio up in Canada"... " but sir, shouldn't we create another one here.. we could have one anywhere here in the US, there is a ton of talent here, and we could even help out with creating more jobs here." "No, my left arm is telling me Canada for some reason."

The more I think about it, the more idiotic it is.

Anonymous said...

I've loved Pixar since I was a child, I'm finishing high school next year and looking for a career in Character Design and Pixar is my top choice now that I'm deciding where I want to work. I'm really hoping that their next location is in Ontario or close to there, I don't want to go too far from home and I must say in southern Ontario near Toronto, there are a lot of teenagers that aspire to be in this business. I know at least 20 of my friends want to do a variety of things in this business, that's only a few, my school has 1800-2000 kids.

Anonymous said...

Pixar Canada's landlord forced at least six tenants in their Gastown location out of their premises to accommodate their expansion. Pixar set up temporary headquarters in the building in April 2010, subsequenty decided they wanted to stay and acquire more space, and began negotiating with the building landlord, which conveniently resulted in cancelled leases for existing tenants and denial of lease renewals that were the tenant's options. Technicalities were found to deny continuation of these tenancies. All these small local artistic companies had no intentions of leaving and none of these issues with the landlord surfaced until Pixar wanted more space. They now have had to relocate at their own expense. It is very difficult to believe Pixar could be unaware of that.The sad thing is that there is a lot of available vacant production space in Vancouver that Pixar could have had without resulting in small independent creative businesses having to move.