Steve Hulett, business representative at IATSE Local 839, told The Hollywood Reporter that he has received complaints from animators who reported that Disney handed out bonuses to those currently working in the division -- whether or not they had worked on Frozen. A Disney Animation employee told THR that the bonuses arrived on Thursday, amounting to 10 weeks pay.
The complaints arrive at a time when visual effects and animation artists are fighting for better working conditions. Frozen is now the top-grossing animated film of all time, having surpassed $1.1 billion worldwide.
Hulett acknowledged that bonuses are discretionary, but added, "my issue is philosophical" and that it's "morally bankrupt" to not give the bonus to those who worked on the entire picture. ...
To be clear, Diz Co. can do what it wants with this. It's under no obligation to divide part of the cash flow up with employees or ex-employees. But it seems to me that to share some of the good fortune with the people who worked long hours on a tight schedule helping to make the movie a record-breaker is the most enlightened course to take.