I've been fairly busy the past couple of weeks, but I note that Jim Hill laments the secrecy that has now shrouded Disney Feature Animation:
Well, these past few months, it's like a giant Cone of Silence has been lowered over Burbank's Feature Animation building. Where once Disney artists used to brag and/or bitch & moan about the animated feature that they had been assigned to work on, now a lot of these employees have grown strangely mute.
Funny. I'm in and out of the hat building all the time, and nobody is particulalry mute to me. I just keep my mouth shut -- and typing fingers quiet -- more than most.
Not, mind you, as much as some would like. I talk about hiring and layoff issues from time to time. And early on, I relayed a few anecdotes that were amusing.
But in the past year, I've gotten like three exec complaints. One regarded an image-capture showing doughnuts falling out of the sky. One was about a direct-to-video project a producer said I could mention but the company didn't for contractual reasons, and the third was about the screen shape of an upcoming feature. Screen shape.
Disney and the rest have proprietary interests to protect. If a "cone of silence" is the way they want to do it, bully for them. What we're interested in here is labor stuff, wage stuff, the ebb and flow of the 'toon business. Things like that.
Revealing plot points of the next tent-pole epic coming from Disney, DreamWorks or somewhere else? Not our bag.
We leave that fertile ground to Jim Hill and associates.