Tuesday I pinged around to different Glendal Studios like a steel ball in an old arcade game.
At Disney TVA Sonora, Mickey's Clubhouse is winding down.
We've got a couple more months work on the show. We're doing a bunch of new two-minute shorts, and a pair of long DVDs, and then boom. We're over. The studio has all the episodes it wants, and in April most everybody will be looking for other work.
But the consensus seems to be the schedule for Clubhouse has been sane. One board artist said: "I haven't been stressed and crowded on this show. Lots different than other projects I've worked on ..."
And artists wonder aloud what projects are going to get greenlighted next. "What kinds of shows will Disney XD be doing? Nobody knows ..."
At DreamWorks Animation, crews are well along with the latest features (MvA, S4, HttyD) and told me about Jeffrey K's recent meeting with the staff:
Jeffrey had everybody in the commissary, telling them us that we've had a really good 2008 but that 2009 could be tough.
We only have one movie coming out this year [Monsters vs. Aliens], not our usual two. And in oh-ten there's three. Plus nobody knows what the economy's going to be doing, but probably it's nothing good. Jeffrey says the money is flying out of the studio and we've got to hold costs down. He talked for a long time, and then there was a Q & A. I like it that he lets us know what's going on ...
As I understand from staff, salary increases are probably going to be minimal over the next couple of years, but the company is working to avoid major layoffs.
Over on Sonora, Disney Toons still labors on the Tink franchise. Tink One is available at your favorite DVD retailer, Tink Too is in full-bore production ... and Tink Three?
John Lasseter saw our last story pass and decided to make changes, big changes. So things have been shaken up on the picture. We've got some new people working on it now, and we're waiting for the revised script before we start boarding again.
But the changes mean more work for everyone, and that's a good thing ...
Then, of course, there is Tinkerbell 4 still to come. CEO Robert Iger is a believer in franchises.
That, in a nutshell, was a large portion of my yesterday. Lots of walking involved, but it was informative.