Daily Variety reports that former senior VP of production Bob Bacon has been upped to the newly created post of exec VP of Walt Disney Feature Animation (WDFA). Reporting to unit president David Stainton, Bacon will oversee production, finances and technology components including software development for WDFA and DisneyToon Studios.
Bacon was instrumental in Disney’s transition from hand-drawn, 2D animation to state-of-the-art 3D production, a controversial move but one that has so far paid off with the box office success of Chicken Little. He joined Disney in 1991 as a financial analyst and was eventually named VP of finance for the feature toon division.
Walt Disney Feature Animation is following Chicken Little with Meet the Robinsons, a CG-animated adaptation of the best-selling book A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce (George Shrinks, Rolie, Polie Olie). Slated to open in theaters nationwide in December of 2006, the film will tell the story of Lewis, a 12 year-old genius inventor who meets a mysterious boy from the future and travels forward in time and spends a day with him and his eccentric family. First-timer Steve Anderson is directing with Dorothy McKim producing.