The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Pixar has laid off “an undisclosed number of people at its Emeryville, Calif., headquarters due to the delay of its forthcoming film The Good Dinosaur.”
While no concrete numbers are available yet, the layoffs are rumored to affect less than 5% of the company’s 1,200 employees.
Animation fans may recall that this past summer, The Good Dinosaur‘s original director, Bob Peterson, was removed from the project. A month later, the film was pushed back from its original release date of May 30, 2014, to Nov. 25, 2015. This delay has left Pixar without a movie for 2014.
In related news, Pixar closed its Vancouver studios last month, laying off approximately 80 employees.
My deepest condolences to those folks who have lost their jobs.