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St Just deserts: local firm brings Disney animation from California to Cornwall

10 July 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Britain's most westerly town is home to Spider Eye, the animation firm behind the hugely successful Jungle Junction

Some fish for lobster and crab while others make a living off the land by working in the pasty bakery or helping service holiday homes. But a growing number of residents in Britain's most westerly town have less typically Cornish employment – creating cartoon animals with wheels for an award-winning Disney animation.

The success of Jungle Junction and other shows has made the Spider Eye studio in St Just the biggest employer in the town after Warrens bakery. Based in buildings around the green including the old police station and a one-time brothel (from the days when this was a busy mining town) the studio has more than 50 staff and uses another 40 or so freelancers in the area.

Morgan Francis, the founder of Spider Eye and director of Jungle Junction, said locals' eyebrows »

- Steven Morris

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