Wouldn't you know that just after I post an article about WDAS for clarity, they come out with more clarity...
Yesterday, the Mouse released a revised schedule of their upcoming animated features over the next few years. In my post last week I reminded everyone that even though "Tangled" would be out this holiday season, the next film after that would already be out this time next year (Oh, and from what I hear, "Rapunzel's Little Film" is coming together quite well. Nice tunes, stunning imagery and story. Remember that? Story.).
And then they (the Mouse) changed the schedule.
Darn you, Hat Building! Hehe... no, seriously, it makes sense to put it more into summer and space out the releases. So now, instead of a late March/early April kind of release, the Pooh picture will come out on July 15, 2011. A few months later and a date on which it can build a better, more thought out marketing campaign. And that leaves almost two years before the next announced animated feature, "Reboot Ralph" scheduled for March 22, 2013. I got a lot of people asking if this was the formerly titled: "Joe Jump," and it is/was.
It has been known internally as the "Rich Moore" project. If you've noticed, I referred to it as "what used to be known as Joe Jump." It's been known for a while that the film would get a new title since the story bares little resemblance to what Joe actually was. Moore's take on the project is something that Lasseter liked and thought that having an outsider (like Brad Bird) come in and take over this project would provide some fresh perspective. With the announcement that it's on the schedule, I think Ed and John are displaying the kind of confidence in this story that will push it along. Also, so you know, the film is CG for those that were curious. And I believe Nikke Finke stated that it was a musical, which I believe, it is not.
Now as I said, this is a good gap between productions. There are several stories being worked on and one could get slotted in to fill the space, but as of right now that doesn't appear to be the plan. One of the things that is being discussed is the inclusion of another couple of specials for television. Progress is moving on another "Prep & Landing" program and work continues on the Shorts Program. From what I hear, a couple projects have been pitched as hand-drawn, but those, if they were approved wouldn't see theaters until 2014 most likely.
But work continues on turning Walt Disney Animation Studios into a creative and productive culture. Despite some setbacks and marketing people trying to hold on to John's ear a little too much, there is progress. Slowly we will see it develop as the next year or so progresses. What happens in the Hat Building over that time should prove to be very interesting.
I just wonder what will become of the actual Roy E. Disney Building in a few years...