One of the new, longer "Tangled" trailers, out today*.
This week my studio walk throughs have been heavy on Disney facilities. ...
And I had occasion to spend the hour previous to this one at the hat building, where a story artist on the third floor had some upbeat news.
"A year ago there wasn't much going on around here, and I had one foot out the door.
"But then around January development started kicking up, and now they have some really good stuff in work, twice what they had last year, and it's stuff I'd really like to see, that can compete with other animated features and live action. So it's good to be working up here again."
To which I say: Terrific. And overdue, but better late than not at all.
Another story artist thanked me for my kind words about Tangled, and I told her the kind words were heartfelt: I meant what I wrote. I think the movie (based on what I've seen) looks good, clicks right along, and will do well at the box office. I also mentioned that my complaints about the Mouse House (feature division) have centered on the lousy morale I continually encounter because -- surprise, surprise -- people get downhearted when they're let go due to lack of product in the production pipeline.
She said she knew about those things. (Apparently word gets around inside the building.)
I also dropped by Disney TVA at the Frank Wells Building, where Fish Hooks and Phineas and Ferb are deep in work. Work on P & F's feature-length offering is wrapping up, and the third season is getting underway with the crew hopeful of a fourth. "Maybe we'll go as long as "Sponge Bob Square Pants" one crew member speculated.
It's something to be wished. Long-term work is not always easy to find.
* And probably already posted hither and yon, but what the hell ....