I was at Disney Feature (aka "Walt Disney Animation Studios") yesterday. Wreck-It Ralph is going full bore, with a couple of supes telling me that there will be more hires in the near future. Another artist has a pretty strong idea about the next picture going into production after Ralph, but he informs me nothing has been officially greenlit yet. And of course, I won't reveal it here. (Besides, I've been inaccurate in some recent posts. Acch!)
More than one person said that the company plan is to get one animated feature out of each division (WDAS/Pixar) every year. My hope, as always, is that Disney ends up with a continuity of employment that gets it away from the "hire, layoff, hire" syndrome that it's followed of late.
I saw some interesting stuff now in work inside the Hat Building. Though the studio isn't totally walking away from hand-drawn features, there doesn't appear to be any features on the map that will look like the old-style, hand-drawn specimens we enjoyed in our youth. Executives look at theatrical grosses and draw their conclusions. And their conclusions are, based on all evidence, that c.g. style features are where audiences' enthusiasms are now centered ...
Meanwhile, at DreamWorks Animation, a number of laid-off staffers have returned to the campus, now that the work-flow has ticked up. (This isn't yet reflected in the chart below, as work status slips for December are now being processed.)
If you're wondering, feature employment at signator studios totals about half of employed TAG members.