Pixar Cuts Staff After ‘Good Dinosaur’ Delay

Pixar Cuts Staff After 'Good Dinosaur' Delay

Pixar closed its Canada office last month.

The delay of “The Good Dinosaur” has resulted in layoffs at Pixar, the company said in a statement.

“At Pixar, we are constantly re-evaluating the creative and business needs of our studio. With the release date change of “The Good Dinosaur,” we have realigned our production and support priorities, which includes a small reduction in our staffing levels.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, less than five percent of Pixar's work force will be affected. Disney's Emermyville, Calif.-based animation studio recently pushed the release of “The Good Dinosaur” by more than a year after removing director Bob Peterson from the project.

Pixar has yet to replace Peterson on the film, which is slated for Nov. 25, 2015.

The film imagines a world in which an asteroid never wiped out the dinosaurs. Disney teased designs of various dinosaurs at its D23 Expo this summer, and also had voice cast member Bill Hader on-stage. The voice cast also includs Lucas Neff, John Lithgow and Frances McDormand.

Pixar recently closed its Vancouver studio, which had produced several shorts. It was home to less than 100 staffers.

  • AJ

    I don't recall Pixar having any real problems before Disney bought them. Suddenly, they're swapping directors, pushing dates, etc… :/

    • LoveThisBusiness

      Uh, Sorry – Toy Story 2 was a complete meltdown, pushed 9 mos (more?), and I believe Lasseter had to take over. Animation is not for the faint of heart, and these things, unfortunately happen all the time on these productions, corporate ownership notwithstanding. Remember that Pixar was always distributed by Disney, and had a very close creative relationship with the studio before the acquisition. So it's not like there was the “indy one day” and “corporate the next” kinda scenario.

      • AJ

        Ah yes! Forgot about that.

  • Tib

    “we have realigned our production and support priorities, which includes a small reduction in our staffing levels”. Why can't companies ever just say “We fired a bunch people”? Do they really think that if they include enough useless adjectives we won't be able to understand that's what they actually meant?