Sony Pictures Animation still has a variety of projects percolating (I was there today and found this news out)....
Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs, after definite story pains, seems to be "on track" again (per staffers). The feature's most recent screening for execs went well, and most everyone (we're told) thinks the picture is coming around.
Surf's Up is still being tweaked (even as it is animated), but the last story artists on it are now switching over to Meatballs. As one Sony artist related, "The picture's got a lot of heart. Now they're in the process of adding gags..."
On the industry-buzz front, word circulates among some CGI artists and TDs that Sony Pictures Imageworks (the Sony entity that produces Sony Pictures Animation's animated features), will be hiring some staff in March, around the time that Disney Feature Animation is slated to lay off a number of CGI animators, artists and TDs. A CGI artist at another studio told me: "I don't think the timing's accidental; I think Sony is going to be picking up staff from among people that Disney lets go. They'll go after the pick of the litter."
Is the rumor true? I just report what I hear; I don't come to any final conclusions until reality overtakes speculation.