In an unexpected and incredibly sad turn of events, the Canadian animation studio Tangent Animation is shutting down, laying off the entirety of its incredibly talented workforce.
Devastating news, I'm very sad to hear this. My heart goes out to everyone at Tangent. https://t.co/DgYl62ufCp
— Ton Roosendaal (@tonroosendaal) August 4, 2021
Tangent animation first made a name for itself by releasing "Next Gen" on Netflix, a well-received animated feature that further endeared itself to the Blender community by being mostly done with, well, Blender. Tangent rode high on this success, and the amazing work of its artists and engineers was a staple for animation and Blender lovers worldwide.
BREAKING: Tangent Animation Shuts Down. As Many As 400 People Laid Off. https://t.co/TpZ6n3XSjs
— cartoonbrew.com - Animation News (@cartoonbrew) August 4, 2021
They have apparently completed work on their most recent project, Maya and the Three, with the film's director chiming in upon hearing the devastating news.
This is heartbreaking. I wholeheartedly adored working with all the brilliant and ridiculously talented artists, artisans and producers at Tangent. What they accomplished with Maya and the Three is EPIC. I’m jealous of future directors that will be lucky to create with them. https://t.co/Q2TX8HHrX4
— Jorge R. Gutierrez (@mexopolis) August 4, 2021
Tangent concurrently lost the two main projects the studio was working on in the space of two weeks, leading to its untimely and devastating shuttering. I sincerely hope the hundreds of incredible artists now on the market find a new home soon.
If you need a Blender artists, please leave a message on this Twitter thread by Brian Kouhi - he shared it with all Tangent artists.