Director Henry Selick (Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas) states the obvious about the American animated feature industry:

“It’s too homogenous. It’s way too much the same. The films aren’t really that different one from the other. Despicable Me could have been made Pixar, by DreamWorks. It’s not a great time for feature animation if you want to do something even moderately outside the formula.”

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