Animation studio Laika, has sent its 56 employees and hope to rehire “at a future date when we can expand the number of people we can safely have in our buildings. Among many companies laying off employees, Laika is the latest company to cut staffers.
Portland based Laika, has laid off the employees from the Computer Animation department. Though the studio will not drop CG entirely but a CG project remains in the company’s development socket. The studio aims to specialise in stop-motion animated features. They will use CG to augment elements of stop- motion films and will use them for the commercial projects also.
The company had earlier laid off its 65 employees in december last year after dropping its plans for a CG movie Jack and Ben’s Animated adventure. The company’s workforce had reduced from 243 to 180 presently.
Laika told the Hollywood Reporter, Laika “holds the well-being of its employees as its highest concern. With no end in sight to the pandemic, we have rolled off 56 of staff from our crew with the intention to hire them back at a future date when we can expand the number of people we can safely have in our buildings.”
Studio’s recent feature was 2019’s Missing Link also received Golden Globe for animated feature and nabbed an Oscar nod in the same category, losing to Disney’s Toy Story 4.