Good Dinosaur Woes Continue at Pixar

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dinosaur1Pixar’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.

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