The Oscar-nominated director behind Coraline and Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas is joining the Pixar fold — what has Henry Selick gotten himself into?
Imagine, if you will, a place of surpassing beauty and creative delights. A compound where the best and the brightest gather to make entertainments of transcendent wonder, run by the Wizard of Ahhs, John Lasseter. And he slowly recruits the most talented people in their fields to join him: Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird, Lee Unkrich, Pete Docter...and now Henry Selick, the stop-motion mastermind whose last film was the amazing Coraline — Up's only real competition for Best Animated Feature at last year's Oscars.
And what if Lasseter and Pixar's grand design was to collect all of these filmmakers, entice them with dreams of creative freedom and pets in the workplace and hawaiian shirts every day, and then keep them in a hermetically sealed chamber — only to be unleashed when Lasseter is feeling hungry for another Oscar? Look at the man pictured above. Lasseter's a little too happy, isn't he?
Silly, I know. It's terrific that Pixar's giving Selick a place to ply his rarified trade in an environment free from corporate interference. Their keen devotion to animation in all its forms is demonstrative of both inspiration and solid business sense.
But what if...what if EVERYTHING I SAID WAS TRUE?