The second floor coffee bistro in the Disney Hat Building, Disney knick knacks on display ...
Bolt Worldwide Grosses
The delusional among us cling to the fantasy that a $300 million cume is "optimistic" for the White Doggie.
But at this point, it's more like wildly short of the mark, because the pup is going to end up way over my original estimate of $300 mill. (Hell, it's only $6.3 million under where I thought it would end up for the U.S. and Canada ... even after its awful opening against teenage bloodsuckers.) ...
And what's going on at the Mouse House? The big recurring question I get from many of the employees I meet is:
"So ... what's with the 45-hour week?"
My answer is simple. I tell them, "It's a pay cut."
Then we get into the usual back and forth that I've been through with Disney employees before.
I think that some of the unhappy rumbling stems from the top spin that Disney and other companies often put on bad news. It's not like they're denying there's bad news, they're just under-emphasizing it, as in: "Hey, you're working more hours, but you'll still be taking home the same money."
That's sort of like the doctor telling you, "There's some emphysema in your lungs, but your complexion is really nice."
Beyond that, one artist said to me:
"I've always gotten my work done efficiently, always gotten it in on schedule. This mandatory 45-hour workweek seems like punishment to me ..."
Actually, it's a cost-saving item. And of course, there's a lot of cost-savings at Disney (and elsewhere) going on just now.
But it's always better, IMO, for companies to roll out the bad tidings with a straight-forward explanation of why the tidings are bad. People appreciate the candor, even as they hate the news.
Elsewhere in the building, work on The Princess and the Frog continues at a steady clip. I saw a few backgrounds from the picture up ona various computer screens, and they look nice.