Back from vacation, back in the saddle, and back at the Disney Animation Studio, stumbling from room to cubicle.
And as I stumble, work on Princess and the Frog is wending its way to a conclusion. Staff tells me:
"Rough animation and rough layout are pretty well done on P and F. Rough animation is 95% finished ..."
"The last sequence going through is being animated with clean, tight drawings, and the inbetweening done in-house. They're not doing cleanup on it ..."
"Most of the supervising animators on Princess and the Frog have been picked up for the next project" ...
"Rapunzel is going into animation the last part of the year. It's a musical, and they're going to have fairly short production schedule like they did on Bolt. Glen Keane is still the executive producer, and I think he could be supervising some animation, but I've just heard that could be happening. Don't know if it actually is" ...
I walked through the layout department and discovered the crew shrank while I was off in the mountains. One room was missing half its artists, another had a bunch of empty desks. Two artists mentioned it was their "last week of work."
I told them I hoped that the next hand-drawn project got rolling soon.