I trucked around to three studios today, in my never-ending enrollment of TAG members to the TAG 401(k) Plan.
Over at Disney Toons Studio, they are hard at work on various feature-length sequels to the first Tinker Bell, released last year.
"The second Tinker Bell comes out next month, and I saw 30% of the 3rd Tink. The animators in India are getting better, the animation is less clunky. We're still doing some story changes on number three."
"Story work is going on with the fourth one, and there's story ideas getting kicked around for the next series [these are dvd features with a new set of characters that are so far unannounced -- Hulett]."
A week or so back, John Lasseter announced the fifth Tinker Bell will go into work, but Toons staff tells me there are going to be more features starring the winged sprite than that.
Meanwhile, the slow ramp-up for the next series of Toons' feature 'toons continues.
To review: Disney Toons and Disney Television Animation are separate Disney units reporting to different Disney divisions (Lasseter/Catmull call the shots at Toons; the Disney Channel runs Disney Television Animation.) At the Sonora building, Toons is humming up on the second floor, as busy as I've seen it.
On the first floor, lots of cubicles are empty as a few artists work on storybook for Jake and the Pirates, and a few more artists create art and boards for a new pilot. Inspector Oso, starting work on a new season, has crew trickling back to work, but there are big sections of the first floor workspace that remain quiet. (To be fair, Disney TV has other shows in the Frank Wells Building on the main lot.)
Diz TVA should be gaining artists over the next couple of months as new and returning shows go into full production.
The final stop of the day was over at Film Roman/Starz Media, where there is nothing new to report on the Marvel of Yellow Family shows being produced in the building.
Other than, artists are still working on all of them.