Monday, July 24, 2006
(c) Walt Disney Co. Burbank in late July is no place for anybody who claims a grip on sanity to be walking around outside. Saturday, the burg registered 112 degrees. Today the city was a frigid 94. Happily, I only had to walk a block to get to the entrance of the Disney Feature Animation Building. (The guards now give visitors a choice; they can either park on the main lot in the "Zorro" parking garage, or find a couple of square yards of shade on Riverside Drive and put their cars under it. Either way, they have to walk the length of a midday Phoenix football field to get to Feature Animation.) Inside the building, tech directors and animators on the first floor were bitching about how the air conditioning wasn't cooling things off much (and it wasn't. But this is one of the joys of DFA's Riverside Building -- comfortable air flow is not one of its strong suits.) The word around the studio is that the First Act of "Rapunzel" found favor at its unspooling up in Emeryville. John Lasseter, I was told, gave plenty of notes to director Glen Keane but overall liked what he saw. John's suggestions were about how to make good things better, rather than eliminating elements that didn't work. Here's hoping your summer days are cooler than mine are.
Posted by Steve Hulett at 9:57 PM