Laika’s director splits

“Coraline” director Henry Selick suddenly splits from the Portland studio.

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Only a few months after earning critical and commercial success with “Coraline,” director Henry Selick – also known for films like “The Nightmare Before Christmas” – has left Portland-based Laika.

Henry Selick, highly regarded within the animation community, joined Laika five years ago as Knight sought to give the Portland studio artistic credibility. This morning, the studio confirmed Selick’s departure in response to an inquiry from The Oregonian. Laika did not explain the reasons for the split, but did say that Selick’s contract has expired. Selick’s representatives referred questions to Laika.

The news caught many in the animation community off guard, especially since Laika’s first film, “Coraline,” was a critical darling and a commercial success, with global ticket sales topping $120 million.

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