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Henry Selick joins Pixar

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 1st, 2010

Please, for the love of all things stop-motion, let this not be a cruel April Fool's joke laid out by the people at Variety.

The outlet is reporting that Henry Selick, the director of such stop-motion films as THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and last year’s CORALINE, is joining the creative team at the current king of animation, Pixar.  Selick is joining the team as a producer for upcoming stop motion features that the company is looking to pump out.

This may be one of the bigger pieces of news all week, and personally, it’s a massive deal.  Outside of the people at Pixar, Selick is the most consistent animation director when it comes to quality of his projects, and throw him in not only with Pixar, but as the companies stop-motion head, is a match made in animation heaven.

This isn’t just a standard deal either.  According to the report, Selick will have complete access to all of Pixar’s “brain trust,” including people like John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, among others.  With stop motion on the upswing in popularity, this not only makes total sense, but really, is a best case scenario for any fan of the medium.

This is also an interesting move for Pixar.  Their upcoming release schedule looks a little bland with films like CARS 2 on the horizon, and while I really enjoyed UP, it was a bit underwhelming, especially coming after WALL-E (arguably the studio’s best).  This step out of their comfort zone will be really interesting to watch happen, so this story is one I’m really excited about.

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