Pixar Co-Founder Ed Catmull to Retire

Pixar Co-Founder Ed Catmull to Retire

Deana Brown, Author

It’s the end of a period for Disney animation with the retirement of Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar and longtime president of Walt Disney and Pixar animation studios.

Mr. Catmull will retire in July 2019 with will end a four decade career in the film industry.  He will not be replaced, but Walt Disney and Pixar will continue to manage projects on their studios.  Ed Catmull was behind the studios operations for some of the biggest hit movies such as The Incredibles, Toy Story, Frozen, Zootopia, and Finding Dory.  Between Disney and Pixar, the animation divisions have seen five billion dollar hits including those five movies!

“Ed catmull’s impact on the entertainment industry is immeasurable,” commented Iger.

The Chronicles interviewed Abby Bevard to ask what her stand point is on the retirement of Ed Catmull and where she thinks Disney and Pixar will go from there.  “I think that if he wants to retire that’s completely fine.  However, if Disney doesn’t replace him, it’s going to be hard to get any new ideas.  Disney has been known to constantly remake every old movie that they have.  So, not replacing the vital source of their new ideas is probably not a great idea on the ‘are people going to enjoy our products?’ kind of topic.  I think that if Disney wants to buy out a few more companies like 21st century fox, Marvel, and Lucasfilm then they can get ideas from those companies; but Pixar itself would be expected to struggle.”