Pixar’s misfortune associated with the ill-fated animated film The Good Dinosaur seem to be continuing. A short two months after announcing that the feature would be held back a year– and only three since changing up the films director– Pixar is laying off 50–60 artists associated with the film at its Emeryville, Calif., headquarters.
Production has obviously slowed on the film, as in over three months, no new director has yet been announced for the floundering feature. A month after removing Bob Peterson as director, Pixar head Ed Catmull pushed the release date back a year to allow for the inevitable retooling.
The film is currently the story of what might have happened the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely, and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this new world, Arlo, a 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaurus, befriends a young human boy named Spot.
The Good Dinosaur was first announced by Disney and Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter during the 2011 D23 fall expo for Disney fans in Anaheim, California. Initially set for a Christmas 2013 release; that release slot was filled by Disney’s Frozen.
On October 8th, Pixar also laid off over 100 workers and closed its Vancouver office with no notice to its artists or employees there. That studio had been open only three years.