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Pixar lays off 5% of workforce in the wake of The Good Dinosaur pushing to 2015

Nov. 22, 2013by: Alex Maidy

When Pixar pushed the release of THE GOOD DINOSAUR 18 months from an original May 30, 2014 release date, it made 2014 the first time there would be a year without a Pixar film since 2003. This came after director Bob Peterson was removed from the production which many speculated as the first glaring crack in the spotless track record for the animation giant.

Now comes word that Pixar is laying of 5% of their 1200 person workforce (approximately 60 employees) due to the lack of active projects. Peterson has not had a replacement named and it appears that THE GOOD DINOSAUR is being rebuilt from the ground up. Pixar did release the following comment about the layoffs.

"At Pixar, we are constantly re-evaluating the creative and business needs of our studio," a Pixar representative said. "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."

Pixar has committed to a new release date for THE GOOD DINOSAUR and as far as we know the plot will still follow a boy and his dinosaur in a world where the mass extinction never happened. Already attached in the voice cast are Lucas Neff, John Lithgow, Frances McDormand, Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer, and Bill Hader.

Pixar also recently closed their Vancouver offices which resulted in 80 folks losing work. While this is a small number in the overall company, it still represents the first time that Pixar has started to have any sort of issues. Granted they have been replacing directors since they started, but with their last few films not as critically lauded as their previous work, Pixar may be reassessing their slate of upcoming films. Time will tell if this is the fall of the Pixar Empire.

THE GOOD DINOSAUR is currently slated to hit theaters on November 25, 2015.

Source: The L.A. Times

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6:21PM on 11/22/2013
I wouldn't say that Peterson's removal is a "first glaring crack," as it's pretty common for Pixar to re-evaluate projects mid-way through them. Jan Pinkava was removed from Ratatouille and replaced by Brad Bird, which turned out pretty well in the end.
I wouldn't say that Peterson's removal is a "first glaring crack," as it's pretty common for Pixar to re-evaluate projects mid-way through them. Jan Pinkava was removed from Ratatouille and replaced by Brad Bird, which turned out pretty well in the end.
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6:56PM on 11/22/2013
Doug Sweetland was removed and replaced by Dan Scanlon on Monsters University; Brad Lewis was removed from Cars 2 and replaced by John Lasseter; Brenda Chapman was removed from Brave and replaced by Mark Andrews. Wait: those are Pixar's last three movies, aren't they?
Doug Sweetland was removed and replaced by Dan Scanlon on Monsters University; Brad Lewis was removed from Cars 2 and replaced by John Lasseter; Brenda Chapman was removed from Brave and replaced by Mark Andrews. Wait: those are Pixar's last three movies, aren't they?
8:18PM on 11/23/2013
brokendreamer, once again, you have see the big picture and shared it with the "minions". ah thank ya very much
brokendreamer, once again, you have see the big picture and shared it with the "minions". ah thank ya very much
10:06PM on 11/22/2013
2005 was the last year to not have a Pixar film.
2005 was the last year to not have a Pixar film.
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8:14PM on 11/23/2013
a long time ago for sure. but not nearly as long as we will have to wait for disney or pixar to again be considered the best of the animation crop. that title has officially shifted to Dreamworks Animation, and if The Croods doesn't win Best Animated Feature Oscar this year it is a travesty. I cannot in good conscience consider the film Frozen with that Olaf "character."
a long time ago for sure. but not nearly as long as we will have to wait for disney or pixar to again be considered the best of the animation crop. that title has officially shifted to Dreamworks Animation, and if The Croods doesn't win Best Animated Feature Oscar this year it is a travesty. I cannot in good conscience consider the film Frozen with that Olaf "character."
12:15PM on 11/24/2013
Two words: quality control. Pixar want to ensure they don't put shit out ( a la 'Turbo' or 'The Croods) that's why they're in charge of their own HR. It sucks that people lose their jobs but I don't see this as the downfall of the 'Pixar Empire'. This has been going on since the troubles Pixar had with Toy Story 2...
Two words: quality control. Pixar want to ensure they don't put shit out ( a la 'Turbo' or 'The Croods) that's why they're in charge of their own HR. It sucks that people lose their jobs but I don't see this as the downfall of the 'Pixar Empire'. This has been going on since the troubles Pixar had with Toy Story 2...
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12:09PM on 11/23/2013
Ever since Disney bought them out there's been a steady decline in quality
Ever since Disney bought them out there's been a steady decline in quality
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4:59PM on 11/23/2013
Ironically, though, Disney Animation has seen a steady rise in quality, and that was the result of the acquisition and the naming of John Lasseter as CCO, so what was bad for Pixar was good for Disney.
Ironically, though, Disney Animation has seen a steady rise in quality, and that was the result of the acquisition and the naming of John Lasseter as CCO, so what was bad for Pixar was good for Disney.
8:10PM on 11/23/2013
good point, brokendreamer. this phenomenon is known in psychology and mathematics and education as the "lowest common denominator" they sort of weigh each other out, you see. and as a result, the overall outcome will always be mediocre.
good point, brokendreamer. this phenomenon is known in psychology and mathematics and education as the "lowest common denominator" they sort of weigh each other out, you see. and as a result, the overall outcome will always be mediocre.
9:49PM on 11/23/2013
Really? Disney bought Pixar in 2006.

- In 2007, Pixar released RATATOUILLE (96% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, $624 million worldwide box office)
- 2008: WALL-E (96% rating, $521 million)
- 2009: UP (98% rating, $731 million)
- 2010: TOY STORY 3 (99% rating, $1 billion)

Miguelito, your rabid hatred and envy of anything Pixar has long been noted. But I doubt anybody at DreamWorks Animation is smiling over TURBO: it bombed in theatres, costing $127 million to make, $175 million to
Really? Disney bought Pixar in 2006.

- In 2007, Pixar released RATATOUILLE (96% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, $624 million worldwide box office)
- 2008: WALL-E (96% rating, $521 million)
- 2009: UP (98% rating, $731 million)
- 2010: TOY STORY 3 (99% rating, $1 billion)

Miguelito, your rabid hatred and envy of anything Pixar has long been noted. But I doubt anybody at DreamWorks Animation is smiling over TURBO: it bombed in theatres, costing $127 million to make, $175 million to promote, and only made $273 million back.
12:11PM on 11/24/2013
Like Stratburst said: you're full of shit.
Like Stratburst said: you're full of shit.
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7:58PM on 11/23/2013

not surprised

disney rapes everything in its path and leaves it cold, cowering, and inconsolable on the street. does anyone else notice the obvious similarity between this "good dinosaur" and that damn annoying snowman from "frozen"? what are these guys thinking? such a good time to be a dreamworks fan...the frozen/good dinosaur smile has nothing on the so-called "dreamworks smile" that so many on this site have used as a source of ridicule for the studio. as i've been saying for well over a year, dwa
disney rapes everything in its path and leaves it cold, cowering, and inconsolable on the street. does anyone else notice the obvious similarity between this "good dinosaur" and that damn annoying snowman from "frozen"? what are these guys thinking? such a good time to be a dreamworks fan...the frozen/good dinosaur smile has nothing on the so-called "dreamworks smile" that so many on this site have used as a source of ridicule for the studio. as i've been saying for well over a year, dwa has a lot of really promising stuff coming our way. it started with the croods and turbo and will continue with how to train your dragon 2, peabody and mr. sherman, and me & my shadow, among others. i said a couple years back that the paradigm had shifted in american animation, and that seems to be coming utterly true. i'm guessing the same folks who loved planes and tangled will just eat up frozen and the good dinosaur. i actually thought the good dinosaur had shown some promise for a pixar resurgence...but this is no longer pixar we're talking about....this is "DIXAR"
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12:10PM on 11/24/2013
Pixar are in charge of their own HR department - all hiring and firing is done by them. It was part of the contract they insisted upon when signing with Disney.

Kind of make your whole argument fall apart, no?
Pixar are in charge of their own HR department - all hiring and firing is done by them. It was part of the contract they insisted upon when signing with Disney.

Kind of make your whole argument fall apart, no?
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