This has been a rough few months for Pixar’s artists. Hot on the heels of Pixar Canada’s closure last month, the studio’s headquarters in Emeryville will be laying off nearly 5% of its staff due to The Good Dinosaur‘s delay.
An official statement reads: "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."
The Pixar Times theorizes that the bulk of the layoffs will be focused on technical departments, which will be left without a major project to work on until Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur are closer to completion. Regardless, it’s very sad news, especially for a studio that has prided itself on keeping layoffs to a minimum. Stay tuned for updates on the situation as they come.