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The cuts at Disney do not stop, and the company laid off several Pixar collaborators, including Galyn Susman, the producer who rescued Toy Story 2
At Disney they continue to take drastic measures to offset the losses they had, and the company made a new cut in employees, affecting Pixar, where the production team of Lightyear, the Toy Story spin-off, was fired, including Galyn Susman, the Woman who managed to save Toy Story 2.
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Surely you have suffered from a file on your computer or phone that was accidentally deleted. Imagine this in 1998, when Pixar Studios was working on the production of Toy Story 2.
For unknown reasons (everything points to the revenge of a fired employee) the information on the Pixar servers disappeared, and among the files stands out the entire sequel to the 1996 hit.
From the gates of chaos to the summit of glory
Have you ever imagined walking into an office and the staff being on the brink of collapse? That happened at Pixar when they realized that all of a year’s worth of work on Toy Story 2 was gone, and its release date was scheduled for the winter of 1999.
But they say that there is always a light at the end of the darkness. And that light was Galyn Susman, a woman who was part of the animating team, who asked Pixar to work from home, since she was expecting her second baby, and due to the conditions of her pregnancy, she needed to do home office.
Susman was able to make a copy of the film to advance his work, something that Pixar celebrated with great fanfare. This copy helped them restore more than 90% of the preview that was accidentally deleted, thus avoiding rescheduling and producing the tape from scratch.
Toy Story 2 hit theaters on December 17, 1999, grossing over $485 million. While Galyn Susman participated in other Pixar productions as effects supervisor and since 2007 as producer of films like Ratatouille, Toy Story 4 and Lightyear.
Unfortunately, Lightyear caused millions in losses for Disney and Pixar, and as a consequence, the Miguelito mouse company chose to fire those involved in this production, including director Angus MacLane and producer Galyn Susman.
The Reuters news agency reports that Disney fired 75 people at Pixar, as part of its financial strategy, which includes 7,000 layoffs in all its subsidiaries and 5 billion dollars in costs.