Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Things are starting to look grim at Laika, the Oregon animation company formerly known as Will Vinton Studios.
The studio had a critical and commercial hit with Henry Selick's recent stop-motion wonder Coraline. But since then, it's been nothing but bad news. First came the word that Laika was abandoning its computer animation projects and firing its 128 computer graphics employees. Now Variety is reporting that Selick, Laika's supervising director for feature film development, has left the studio because he was frustrated with delays in getting his next film going.
Laika was of course named after Laika the Soviet space dog, who boarded a rocket in 1957 and became the first Earth creature to orbit the planet. She also died horribly in space, becoming the first Earth creature to perish in orbit. Here's hoping that Laika the dog's short rise and sad fall is not prophetic for the Laika's studio's fortunes.
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