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Posted: July 08, 2003 6:37 am/pm Quote

Disney closes French animation studio

After 15 years of activity, the Disney animation studio based in Montreuil, France is to be closed.

Located just outside Paris, the studio had worked on several of Disney's feature animation projects including The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Hercules, Tarzan and Jungle Book 2.

The news was made official in June when all 89 employees of the studio were laid off. The proposals made by Disney do not, however, sit well with the fired staff who claim they will fight for better conditions.

According to French weekly trade Le Film Francais, Disney's reasoning behind the closure is to concentrate production back in the States.

Although efforts were made to sell the studio in Montreuil there were no satisfactory offers.

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