It looks like we'll have to wait a little longer to see Aardman Animations' TORTOISE VS. HARE project, the studio's follow-up to their critically and financially successful CHICKEN RUN.
According to the BBC, the powers that be on the project determined that the film wasn't up to their self-imposed standards. As a result, the film has been placed on hold for six months, after which it will be redeveloped.
As a result of this action, the animation studio was forced to cut 90 jobs.
Beyond that bad news, this turn of events would also seem to effect the eventual WALLACE AND GROMIT movie, which was planned as the studio's next after TORTOISE VS. HARE.
In spite of this bad turn of events, the studio, which has spent Ł25 million on the film so far, emphasized in particular that the film is not dead and will be up and running again.