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    Bad news for Florida..

    ORLANDO -- The Walt Disney Co. is shuttering its Orlando, Fla.-based animation studio, a move that will cut about 258 jobs and comes as the studio is shifting from hand-drawn animated films to computer-generated features and videos.

    Disney announced the closing Monday, saying it is "the final stage of its production reorganization."

    Disney has been steadily cutting back its animation department for the past few years, from a peak of 2,200 in 1999 to 600, all based in Burbank, Calif., after Monday's announcement.

    Some of the Orlando animators will be offered jobs in Burbank, Disney said.

    The Orlando studio was opened in 1989 and grew in size until it produced its first complete film, "Lilo & Stitch," in 2002.

    The decision was made to consolidate animators in Burbank, according to David Stainton, who became president of Walt Disney Feature Animation last year.

    Part of the cuts came after Disney decided to shift from having a large number of animators on staff to hiring on a per-film basis.

    Disney has also been scaling back on its traditional, hand-animated films, which are more labor intensive and cost far more than films animated by computers.

    The Orlando studio has animated some of Disney's more popular films, including "Lilo & Stitch," "Mulan," and this year's "Brother Bear."

    But Disney has had its most success with animated films it produces in cooperation with Pixar Animation Studio, which uses computers. Hits produced that way include "Finding Nemo."

    Disney has only two animated films in production, both of which are computer-generated -- "Chicken Little," due in 2005, and "A Day in the Life With Wilbur Robinson," set for release in 2006.

    The studio canceled production earlier this year on "A Few Good Ghosts," which was a hybrid of hand-drawn and computer animation.

    The studio does have some traditional hand-drawn feature films in development, according to Disney spokeswoman Heidi Trotta.

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    old news.

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