I knew it would happen sooner or later. Today, it was announced that Laika is laying off 65 (or 75 depending on your source). It seems that Jack and Ben has been shelved and those working on it are getting the axe.
When Coraline completely wraps, we may see more pink slips. This is par for the course in the animation industry. The difference is, since this company is on its own little island up there in the Pacific Northwest, they'll have a harder time bringing in new people next time around.
So much for Laika being one of the very few places that gives job security. Their location only hurts in these situations.
I don't have very high hopes for Laika. After Coraline tanks, this may just be the tip of the iceberg.