That's the Disney Animation Studio, if you're not versed in animation acronyms ...
Walking in the tiled entrance of the hat building, I ran into the directors of Princess and the Frog. After I got up off the floor, they told me the picture is deep in crunch time, 75% complete, testing well, and that this was the first time in a long while they had actually gone to lunch outside the building.
Oh. And one of the more important things? Mr. Lasseter thinks it's swell.
Upstairs, I talked to a P & F animator who said:
"We're just a little behind our footage quota. I've been working six day weeks, eleven hour days, but I haven't seen my footage drop off, I've kept up the regular pace ...
Higher up, on the third floor, I fell into conversation with a group of story artists, one of whom wanted to number of board artists who were employed at DreamWorks Animation these days. His own estimate was eighty; I did a little research after the fact and found the board crew at DWA totals around fifty.
One of the story guys said that Disney Animation seems to have "a way smaller development slate than DreamWorks." I replied that this only holds true if you don't count the Pixar output, and I didn't see how you could not count it since it both studios were part of the Disney empire, and DreamWorks Animation is a stand-alone company.
The response was along the lines of "Well, when you put it that way, I see your point."