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A Tale Of Two Companies

I don’t know if this one is funny or sad.

The Walt Disney Company will soon be announcing some major chances in their animation department. Seems the first day wide numbers for Atlantis has them ready to shut down the department entirely, the same way they did after The Fox and Hound. First off, the axe is expected to fall heaviest in the animation storyboard and development departments, as 500 workers will be out of a job in the coming weeks, those being pinkslipped will be personally chosen by Mr. Eisner himself. The remaining 1,400 or so will have the choice of being bought out of their contracts or accepting a 45% pay cut across the board, while the remaining work will be farmed out to places like Pixar to lower their overhead. Disney is also going to cancel 3 of the 7 animation projects they currently have on the board. Which ones haven’t been decided yet.

Meanwhile, my source over at Dreamworks tells me that they are planning not one but TWO Shrek sequels and a direct to DVD story of Isaiah full length animated feature.

Now, I wonder how in the hell that happened…

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News from June 15, 2001

Spike Lee Gets Jiggy With The Rent

A source close to the producers has informed FilmJerk.com that none other than Spike Lee will be announced as early as next week as the director of the upcoming feature adaptation of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize winning musical Rent. Of the original Broadway cast members, only Taye Diggs will be announced as reprising his role next week. Others may also join, but for now only Taye is aboard.

As a huge fan of the show, I wish Spike the best of luck with his version. I just wonder if he will have that one line changed from “Light My Candle” which goes “I hear Spike Lee is shooting down the street”…

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