Well, that didn’t last long.

This morning’s announcement of the resignation (“for personal reasons”) of David Stainton from Paramount Pictures new animation unit has many buzzing. For one, the timing of the announcement. Paramount is sure to win the Animated Feature Oscar this week (the two Dreamworks pix and Rango were distributed by the studio). Makes no sense to disband the unit now. Or is a new, larger animation deal in the works?

Perhaps Paramount will forge a stronger alliance with ILM, or fully acquire Dreamworks Animation? I have no idea, but surely the studio will continue its winning streak of animated features. Perhaps Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Animation will step up to the plate? Why not hire Guillermo del Toro to run things – he’s already doing everything else.

What’s your take?

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