Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Studio Roundabout -- 22 September

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.

22 comments:

Animated Response said...

So when can we hear more about this new series Steve? We've heard you tease it for months.

Could they announce it before the end of the year?

I'm curious to know what it is you keep teasing us with.

Oh, and I remember you saying it could make Disney a ton of money earlier, still feel that way after seeing more of it?

Anonymous said...

Steve, a little off topic...what's your favorite Steve Martin film? Thanks, John

Anonymous said...

"Those aren't pillows!"

They're sequels.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Film Roman & Marvel... any word on that front in light of the Disney merger???

Anonymous said...

>Anonymous said...
"Those aren't pillows!" They're sequels."<

;)

Michael Polvani said...

Everyone!!
You've GOT to check out Steve Huelette's dad's gallery show at the Guild offices.

His dad was nothing short of amazing!!
I finally had a chance to go in myself and see the paintings.
MAG-nificent!!!!!
Steve, you MUST be so proud.
Mike.

Anonymous said...

"You've GOT to check out Steve Huelette's dad's gallery show at the Guild offices."

Rank nepotism, I say!

Just kidding. Hulett's work is beautiful and a lovely choice for a first show at the new place (especially as someone had the materials all ready to go when the building was done). How long will it be up?

Dysitopic Enuciator said...

Too bad Steve didn't inherit his dad's political outlook! ;P

Steve Hulett said...

Too bad Steve didn't inherit his dad's political outlook! ;P

We marched in lockstep during his lifetime. We were both Eisenhower Republicans.

I'm still an Eisenhower Republican, which is why I support Democrats.

Our difference: He disliked labor unions, based on his experience during the Disney strike.

And I'm ... well, yeah.

Steve Hulett said...

So when can we hear more about this new series

The instant Disney announces it.

Re Steve Martin: I'm partial to Roxanne. Like others as well.

Hugh Hogwarts said...

I'd support Democrats if they were Kennedy Democrats, that's John Kennedy Democrats, not Teddy..

The party's gone way far left since him, haven't been able to support one since.

But I agree with your dad about unions, but it's hard not to like you, Steve! I think he raised you well, if you hadn't just suffered that bump when you fell..

Conscientious Objector said...

"So when can we hear more about this new series

The instant Disney announces it."

Smart ass!

You sound like management.

Steve Hulett said...

How long will it be up?

The gallery show will be up through the holidays (I think).

We'll be putting up a display of John Sparey caricatures after that. These shows are from the in-house collections. The plan is to have other art up; a TAG gallery committee will be working on that.

Re my 'teasing' of projects I go into studios because of a union contract that allows it. I have a responsibility to represent members, not reveal unannounced projects. All that does is make my job harder.

Anonymous said...

Well then, next time asking when they think Disney will let us in on this secret, k?

Anonymous said...

The answer is actually hidden in some of the comments:)

Oh, and my favorite is "The Jerk"...but, some of the other films were fun rides as well.

Anonymous said...

Steve, you said the new series that Disney is making appeals to boys, right? And it's also about pirates.

I seem to remember you saying that somewhere in the blog.

Floyd Norman said...

Don't give it away! Don't give it away!

Polly Hutchens said...

Don't listen to Floyd..

Give it away, give it away.

Wait a minute. Whatareutalkin' about here? You already did give it away. I mean, you already said it was a pirate thing and would be great for makin' moola from the young male demo. Just in two seperate post though. ;P

Anonymous said...

Just love that one Steve Martin film...not a big Pirate guy, though. Huh? BTW, glad thanksgiving's around the corner...I may fly home this year.

Anonymous said...

Me, I'd support Democrats if they were Joe Lieberman Democrats. That is, if they left the party!

**Our difference: He disliked labor unions, based on his experience during the Disney strike.**

Good for him!

My 2 Cents said...

Labor unions are not the problem. They may not always be the solution but they are definitely not the problem.

They are only the problem if you think that the workers who actually create the products that create the sales and profits are cattle to be abused and slaughtered or commodities who's value varies with the marketplace, or tools to be used and discarded. The marketplace psychology completely disregards the means in favor of the (projected) ends, no matter what the consequences. That's how we got into the situation we are in today.

We organize because we are people, the same as the business runners who control our lives. We have a right to human dignity and a certain basic quality of life, which we would never get in a situation where the market is allowed to just run "free" without responsibility accountability or regard for consequences.

Anonymous said...

"Me, I'd support Democrats if they were Joe Lieberman Democrats. That is, if they left the party!"

The fact that you like Lieberman speaks volumes about how mixed up you are. Dems are thankfiul he left the party...too bad he couldn't commit to being the Republican he so dearly wants to be. Jews are now hoping he'll leave Judaism as well.

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