Some of the things going on at the feature facilities in Burbank and Glendale ...
At Walt Disney Animation Studios, there will be pitch and story reel sessions for Mr. Lasseter in the next few weeks as comes off the Cars 2 bandwagon. And at Disney Toons Studios (which now has its new parking lot completed), I'm informed the creative chief will be looking at the new installment of the Tinkerbell saga. (Meantime, the second installment of the Planes features has started into work.)
And down Flower Street at DreamWorks Animation, staffers are being reassigned, furloughed, vacationed and (in some cases) laid off as sequences of The Croods are held back for story work. As an administrator said today:
"... The pictures this year haven't slotted into the schedule as well as they did last ..."
But Puss in Boots is in the last month of animation (with a lot of animators still on board), and The Guardians is in work.
On another front, DreamWorks Animation has instituted financial savings accounts for employees' kids (no tax-advantaged health savings accounts as yet, but there are ongoing discussions with the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plan about it.)
(DWA is the only studio setting up financial savings accounts for its unionized workers. Hats off.)