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Halts Animated Feature!
Aardman claims that there are major script problems with the movie and it will have to undergo a complete overhaul before production can continue. It is estimated that production will be stopped for approximately six months.
Arthur Sheriff, spokesperson for Aardman claims that the layoffs are temporary and that the company is devastated for having to do the layoffs. Sheriff also said that halting the production to fix problems is more important than putting out an average film. Aardman received high praise for last year's Chicken Run movie, which walked off with several high-profile awards, including an Animatasia Award for Best Animated Feature.
172 people were working on Tortoise vs. Hare at the time of the layoffs on Wednesday. Those left have been assigned to other projects.
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Cats & Dogs
Tops Scary Movie 2
(by John Williams - now available)
News Link of the
Day - Cats, Dogs, and Balance
According to The New York Times:
summer movie season is best exemplified by the parade of special-effects
popcorn adventures pitched at the insanely lucrative young-male audience,
this is also the hot season for family films. In fact, DreamWorks' animated
Shrek became the first $200 million hit of the summer and looks
as if it might end up as the season's top box-office draw. And Disney
followed with its latest animated feature, Atlantis: The Lost Empire,
though that one has not yet drawn audiences at the level of previous Disney
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