Where the lighting department is in its final 6-8 weeks of work for Tangled ...
and morale is lower than a dachshund's belly, since most of the artists and technicians were given their notices in July, and layoffs now loom.
As one Disney employee mentioned: "People who've been here five, ten and twenty years are getting let go. It's not a happy time."
Indeed not. But sadly, it's a recurrent theme. Disney Feature Animation's atmosphere, in fact, is a lot like it was in 2001, when hand-drawn animation was imploding and everybody working on Home on the Range knew they had four months before they got to go stand in the unemployment line: Grim.
The problem, of course, is that story development on new features has been scanty and now there is nothing to drop into the production pipeline to keep tech directors and animators going. So, tech directors and animators get laid off. Sitting in one long-time Disneyite's office, I allowed as how the studio seemed indifferent to hanging onto talented staff. I got a thin smile.