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Unfortunately today, the news for the project doesn't get much better as Pixar announced via the LA Times (spotted by The Pixar Times) that they would be laying off employees as part of the delayed film. A Pixar representative said, "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."
Although the word "small" is a relative term, the LA Times article also noted that a source close to the studio felt that, "The layoffs affect less than 5% of the company's 1,200-person workforce". If that were the case, that would equal approximately 60 employees. It is also undetermined from which departments the staffing reductions were made - we'll be sure to update the post if/as we learn more details on this news.
The reduction of approximately 60 employees from Pixar's Emeryville, California campus comes about a month-and-a-half after Pixar chose to close it's Vancouver branch of approximately 100 employees. Be sure to let us know your thoughts and reactions by leaving a comment below or chat about it further in the Pixar Post Forum.
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