Mike Cachuela, who recently served as storyboard artist on Pixar’s The Incredibles and Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, has been plucked by Vinton Studios to be the animation house’s director of story for feature films, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The move to Vinton Studios presents Cachuela with a welcomed opportunity to again work with director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, Monkeybone). Cachuela is overseeing the story department on Moongirl, a CG short Selick is directing for Vinton. He will also collaborate on Selick’s stop-motion feature adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s children’s book, Coraline, which is in pre-production.
Also in the works at Vinton Studios is The Corpse Bride, the eagerly awaited stop-motion feature Tim Burton is producing for Warner Bros. Slated for release Halloween, 2005, the film is based on a 19th-century Eastern European folk tale and will feature the voices of Oscar nominated actors Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson and Albert Finney. Burton is also calling on favorites Joanna Lumley (James and the Giant Peach, TV’s Absolutely Fabulous) and Christopher Lee (Sleepy Hollow, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Star Wars: Episodes II and III).