Walking into an artist's cube at Disney Sonora today was not an upbeat experience.
The third season of My Friends Tigger and Pooh was canceled last week. The crew was called in Thursday morning and told of the decision. Today, people are still wrestling with it:
"This is pretty devastating for a lot of people on the show. They told us months ago that a third season of Pooh was going to happen. And people went out and spent money based on the promise of another year of work. So now there are people in economic trouble because of this" ...
"I'm ticked, but not really surprised. This is the way the industry works. They say one thing and do another." ...
"This wouldn't hurt nearly as much if they'd said, 'looks like two seasons will be it.' But they didn't. They did the opposite." ...
Welcome to Hollywood, land of empty promises.
There's a lot of scripts for the third season partially written. They won't be doing anything with them now, I guess."
So now the layoffs begin. Some folks will depart the end of the month, others will leave in October and December. Almost all will be on new gigs or unemployment by the end of the year.
"When am I going to get smart and realize they don't really care? No matter what they say?"
All anyone needs to know in this business are the five key words: "It's not personal. It's business."