After the demise of hand-drawn, animated Disney movies, and the reign of Pixar, the only place you could find non-CGI Disney animated movies was the video store in the release of direct-to-DVD sequels. Original films such as “Cinderella,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “The Lion King” were recycled into inferior continuations of the original films. Still, these DVD’s sold millions of copies. However, with the influence of former Pixar Animation executives John Lasseter and Steve Jobs who are in favor of quality over quantity are changing things at Disney. These changes are being made possible by changes in DisneyToon Studios. Recently, longtime president Sharon Morrill was removed from her position. With Disney’s purchase of Pixar Animation Studios for $7.4 billion in stock last year, DisneyToon Studios will now become part of Walt Disney Feature Animation and report to Lasseter and Animation president Ed Catmull who are overseeing the production of new Disney films from now on.

DisneyToon will no longer be producing sequels after “Little Mermaid III” is released after it wraps up production. The studio will now only release original DVD films including an upcoming story about Tinkerbell. Lasseter is also working on a theatrical release of “Toy Story 3” due to come out in 2010, proving that for Disney, sequels are okay as long as you have to pay $8.00 at the theater to go see them.

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