Part of the morning was spent ambling through Walt Disney Animation Studios. Had occasion to talk to several supes who pointed out that the studio has a bunch of different projects in development, and a bunch more are being pitched to Lasseter in the not-distant future. (Various commenters have also mentioned this ...)
One supervisor asked me, since I ricochet about to different workplaces, about the animation community's perceptions of WDAS at the present time.
I said that few gripe about Disney product (at least not to me) but many complain about the hire-layoff-rehire routine. I said I believed some of the negative reaction comes from studio management saying one thing and doing another. Better, I said, if they just give the crew the straight skinny. They'll get points for honesty.
But the good news now appears to be that projects are in various stages of work, more are being pitched, and (with luck) this will mean that there will be a steady flow of production in the future so that assembled crews won't get handed pink slips when their productions wrap.
And there is also glad tidings for WDAS in the marketplace of cartoons.
... [T]here were five new releases to chart, one of them, Tangled, dominated selling 3.46 million units while generating $51.92 million in sales. It is already the biggest selling DVD of 2011. ...
Tangled was just as dominant on the Blu-ray chart, selling close to 1.7 million units ...
You never know, the long-haired girl might turn a profit yet. And of course, there were some other animation titles doing a bit of business:
Megamind climbed into third place with 175,000 units sold for the week and now has running tallies of 2.69 million units and $37.56 million ... Yogi Bear fell from first to fourth with 170,000 units / $2.54 million for the week and 834,000 units / $12.50 million ... Bambi plac[ed] third in Blu-ray with 60,000 units sold ....
You'll be pleased to note that animation is one of the last places where our fine entertainment conglomerates are selling a goodly number of little silver disks. This is a fine thing, yes?