Disney Animation Studio, if you're not up to speed with the above acronym.
I hadn't been there in a while, but got over to the hat building yesterday afternoon. Bolt is moving into production, with finalers getting educated on the new tools (images of picks, shovels and rakes flicker in my head, but it's actually computer software I'm talking about.)
A few production staffers are fully engaged, but many are still in launch pad phase -- knowing the big production wave will soon crash onshore, even as the beachfront stays quiet...
Up on the third floor, the various story crews work on the latest passes of their respective pictures. The work tempo moves to a faster beat than it did in my time (I've had this confirmed by grizzled veterans.)
What I'm saying is, nobody dawdles. And nobody waits for Woolie Reitherman to make an appearance in his own sweet time. Everybody has a schedule, and the keep it.
And everybody does more drawings in the digital age. As a story guy said to me at 4:40 p.m:
"Bill Peet couldn't make it on the kind of boards he used to do. Which is kind of too bad. You could get through the story quicker then, and find out what wasn't working. Now there's way more panels."
Nothing remains the same, not even ace storyboards. The only constant in the universe is change.