Last month it was announced that Disney-Pixar would shutter its Vancouver studio resulting in 80 layoffs. Today it was announced that the Emeryville Studio would also be hit with layoffs as a result of the delay in its forthcoming “The Good Dinosaur” film which envisions an Earth where dinosaurs never became extinct. The film’s original director Bob Peterson was removed from the project back in August resulting in the delay. Peterson’s removal is the fourth time in eight movies that the Emeryville studio has made a director change midstream. His replacement has not been announced. An estimated 50-60 layoffs are expected according to “a source close to the studio”.
Pixar undergoes layoffs due to ‘The Good Dinosaur’ delay
By Daniel Miller
November 22, 2013, 11:22 a.m.
Pixar Animation Studios has laid off an undisclosed number of people at its Emeryville, Calif., headquarters due to the delay of its forthcoming film “The Good Dinosaur.”
The layoffs affect less than 5% of the company’s 1,200-person workforce, according to a source close to the studio.
In September, “The Good Dinosaur” was pushed back from its original release date of May 30, 2014, to Nov. 25, 2015.
About a month before the project was delayed, the studio, a unit of Walt Disney Studios, removed director Bob Peterson from the project.
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