Watch out, John Lasseter may just be building something rather special over at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Variety are reporting that Henry Selick (Coraline, James and the Giant Peach, The Nightmare Before Christmas) has signed with Disney, and will produce stop-motion films under the Pixar banner. It’s like a meeting of animation gods, with Selick – every bit the pioneer of stop-motion that Pixar were of digital animation – having the chance to work with such Pixar luminaries as Andrew Stanton Pete Docter and Brad Bird under the wider Disney umbrella, whilst retaining complete creative freedom.
It’s all engineered by Lasseter of course, the man who guided Pixar to greatness has been since 2006, aptly, Chief Creative Officer at both Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar. During that time Pixar have gone from strength to strength whilst Disney have gone from producing dross like Chicken Little and moved back to their 2D forte whilst not forgetting the CG medium. Lasseter also oversees the English dub for Hayao Miyazaki’s films at Disney, he’s a man who knows good animation. It seems they’re building somewhat of a dream team over there…maybe someone should give Nick Park a call.