An afternoon spent breezing through the hallways of Disney Animation Studios, and nothing much to report, except ...
The PATF artists to whom I spoke think that this "black princess, white prince" semi-controversy is silly:
"Black/white isn't what this movie is about. It could be anywhere or anybody in this story. The race thing just isn't a factor ..."
Staffers feel that some of the jobss that management eliminated doing this new hand-drawn feature has cost the studio more money than it's saved.
"Older style, made-by-hand cartoon features are not the kinds of movies the new management is used to making ... or knows real well ..."
Everybody is working hard and with satisfaction over the quality of the movie they're making. Rapunzel moves steadily into production. (It's ... ah ... changed some over the six or seven years it's been in work.)