Back at the feature building on Riverside Drive, morale is better. Said a Diz Co. artist on the second floor:
"... They screened the King of the Elves story reels for us, and they look really good. John [Lasseter] has been down since last week reviewing projects, and I think we're going to be doing one film a year for the next three years. Wrec It Ralph, then King of the Elves, and then whatever's ready. There's a couple other projects in work. And Ron [Clements] and John [Musker] are going to be pitching to John ..."
There's also animated shorts being done, and the atmosphere just seems ... I donno ... lighter. It never hurts when the next feature being cued up grabs itself some positive buzz.
If the opening four and a half minutes of Wreck It Ralph is any indication, Disney has another big time hit on their hands. Scheduled for release November 2, 2012, Wreck It Ralph is an old school, 8-bit video game bad guy ... who is tired of being bad. One night, he sneaks out of his game console in the arcade and travels to different games hoping to find one where he can be a good guy. Featuring cameos from famous video game characters, homages to newer games and more, the footage shown at the D23 Expo was very crude animation cut with storyboards. Even in that rough state, it looked and sounded like something special. ...
So if WIR is a hit, that would make Walt Disney Animation Studios two-for-two in the well-performing features department, and pull the division out of the B-team doldrums, wouldn't you say?