The Disney Animation Studios is building a massive animation studio to bring its “Go programming system” to the next generation of TV viewers.
The studio will create animation for all of Disney’s theme parks, Disneyland, Pixar Studios, Marvel Studios and Disney World.
The new studio, known as the Walt Disney Animation Center, is expected to open in 2021 and is expected, according to The Hollywood Reporter, to employ 50,000 people.
The Walt Disney Interactive Animation Group is building similar projects in cities around the world.
The company has hired hundreds of people, including 20 to 25 animation workers, to create the new projects, which will be available for free to anyone who can prove they’ve made an investment in the Walt D. Disney Company through a Disney Insider program.
It will have a production staff of about 1,000 and be operated by Walt Disney Studios, Disney Animation, Walt Disney Imagineering, Pixar Animation, and Pixar Animation Studios.
Disney will be the first major studio to make such a large investment in a new technology company, which is a huge boost for the company’s business.
“The Walt Disney Company is building an animation company that will have global impact and will have significant economic benefits,” said Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger in a statement.
“We are excited to have a global partner in the creation of this new technology and the creation and delivery of future Walt Disney products.”
The Disney CEO added that the new company will create a “powerful ecosystem for innovation and creativity” in the entertainment industry.
“In addition to bringing animation to people’s homes, Disney’s goal is to create a powerful ecosystem for innovative creative content in all of our entertainment properties,” said Iger.
The studios plans are being announced at a time when Disney is being pushed to reinvigorate its animated offerings, particularly its live-action movie slate.
The Disney Studio has already been hit hard by the collapse of “Big Hero 6” and the disappointing box office performance of “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”
The studio has been dealing with its “Bigger, Better Tomorrow” animated film, which was supposed to be the next Disney film, and a series of delayed projects like “The Jungle Book” and “Zootopia.”
But it appears that Disney will continue to invest in the studio with a new project, The Walt D., and a new platform that will bring Disney’s “Go” programming system to the future.
Disney has already hired more than 2,000 animators and will soon have 2,500 of them at the Walt Studios.
The development comes on the heels of the Walt’s new partnership with Microsoft to bring “Xbox 360 games to the home” as part of a “360-channel video entertainment platform.”
Microsoft is also building a gaming center in Atlanta to provide the company with a gaming hub that can be used to provide a full-service gaming platform for its studios.