The LA Times reports that Disney has decided to shut down the ImageMovers Digital studio, which Robert Zemeckis uses for most of his Motion Capture style of film making. That’s sad news for the 450 employees of IMD, but I have to believe it’s good news for Disney fans.
As evidenced by Avatar, Disney was going in the wrong direction with the cartoony 3D motion capture. Instead of getting better with each film, it just got creepier and creepier.
IMD will close in January after completing production on “Mars Needs Moms,” which Disney plans to release in March 2011. The other piece of good news is that this means Zemeckis’ 3-D adaptation of the 1968 animated Beatles film “Yellow Submarine” is now questionable.