John M. and Ron C. Back at Disney after a six-month sabbatical courtesy of David Stainton
A Disney effects animator told me today that they're "having fun on 'Meet the Robinsons,'" and if the prospect of layoffs wasn't hanging out there, life would be totally good. Another effects person said that people who've done effects for various live action shows and who are used to short-term gigs, aren't particulary bothered with the upcoming cuts, they know it's part of the biz. His words: "People were talking about it for two weeks or so, but not now. I can't speak for other departments, but in effects, morale is pretty good."
Disney staffers up on the third floor of the hat building tell me that "Frog Princess" is close to having some sequences put up on boards. I'm informed that directors Ron Clements and John Musker's script has circulated among various parties and met with a positive reaction. I say, congrats to Ron and John.
"Frankly, it's best if you two leave the studio now. We've just been a ball and chain around your ankles."
-- Former Disney Feature Animation topkick David Stainton to Ron Clements and John Musker, July 2005