Today I hopped over to Bento Box (mere blocks from the office) and chatted up the small but growing staff for Bob's Burgers. Directors are on board, and other staffers are beginning to come aboard. A production person mentioned:
"We've got to get focused on ramping up. It's not like we've got loads of time ..."
The TAG contract took effect April 1st, covering new series and Neighbors From Hell's second season. (We assume here it will get picked up for a second season, even though the first hasn't been launched yet. We're optimistic young things ...)
In the afternoon I covered three of four floors at the Disney hat building. Tangled now moves in higher gear, and the most interesting visuals I saw was the video Disney marketing has unspooling in the first floor lobby hall. They go farther than this:.
There's some nifty footage of the fairy tale's settings, with light streaming down through towering trees, verdant landscapes, a huge castle. What's on display has the flavor of some of the older hand-drawn features, viewed through a CG prism. The brief scenes with Rapunzel and Flynn are beguiling.
Whether the splashy art direction and establishing shots add up to a feature that earns a big opening weekend and five or six weeks of staying power, I donno. That will probably depend on whether the story fires on all cylinders.
We'll find that out in November.
Meanwhile upstairs, animators and cleanup artists continue work on Winnie the Pooh, none of them knowing if there will be a hand-drawn feature beyond it.