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Disney DTV Sequels Coming to a Halt

25 Jun, 2007 By: Chris Tribbey

The Walt Disney Co. will stop making direct-to-DVD animated sequels for many of its animated classics, according to the Associated Press. The move comes with the restructuring of DisneyToon Studios, which will operate as a separate unit of Walt Disney Animation Studios, said Dick Cook, The Walt Disney Studios chairman.

John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, and Ed Catmull, president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, assume responsibilities for DisneyToon, with Sharon Morrill, a 15-year Disney employee and president of DisneyToon since 2004, taking new responsibilities in the studio.

“Sharon has been an amazing leader and has done a tremendous job,” Cook said. “DisneyToon Studios has always been an integral part of the Studio and we are pleased that John and Ed will bring their vision in creating exciting original DVD premieres.”

“John and I are truly excited to be working with the talented team at DisneyToon Studios in developing and producing original stories for the home entertainment audience,” Catmull said. He added that the first projects under the revamped DisneyToon line will include Tinkerbell and a new cast of fairy characters.

The Little Mermaid III will be the final DVD-only sequel that will be released under DisneyToon.

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