My regular readers may be wondering why I’ve done so little commentating on the battle with Eisner lately. Fortunately, the stockholder’s meeting has made the national news in such a big way I’ve been blessed with some time off the subject. Pick an article, any article, and you’ll hear about how 43% of the stockholder’s did not vote for Eisner’s re-election. Roy Disney got a standing ovation, and the fight isn’t over. I’m holding to my prediction that he will be out within a year of Roy’s resignation, and there’s still plenty of time.
I’m equally relieved to see the outsourcing situation making the national news, and pleased to no end to see it brought up as a major issue during this election year. Update on that: America is still losing out, corporate America is still in denial.
I’m very proud to see Animation Nationpersonally thanked in a letter from Roy Disney, jr. I have watched Mr. Disney on television since I was a child, holding onto animation’s glory days. Without him, Fantasia 2000 would not have happened. Without him, Wild Life would have.
The Nation has shown itself repeatedly to be THE forum where animators can come together and be a symbol of solidarity. A glance at the Nation might make anyone think that the community is not solid. But debate is an essential part of the Nation, and I know of no other place that so many animators young and old, American or not, from all aspects of the craft, and fans as well, have had the chance to get to learn so much about one another. We practice a lonely craft, and we need each other.
It’s not the New Year without Chris Robinson displaying his usual amount of class, contributing to everyone’s hangover from last year with a little kvetching and moaning. Animation World Magazine inexplicably continues to publish articles by the Animation Pimp. He was soundly booed off of Animation Nation sometime around September 11th; I think I had no small part in that, but its difficult to recall that far back. His articles never fail to be based entirely on opinion, and I freely admit to disagreeing with most of them, especially this one: Canadian animation is superior to American animation. Apparently he’s been missing his own festivals.
My favorite quote from the most recent article is this one, reeking of irony: “Why is everyone crying about Roy Disney? I could give a flying squirrel about this guy and all his problems. All these animators embrace it like it’s their own. It ain’t, fools. All of a sudden ol’ confused nephew Roy is the modern bastion of art. Jeepers.” This from a six page article on Chris Robinson’s personal year in review, outlining everything from his book publisher rejections to the color of his urine. We can thank our lucky stars that our problems ain’t the problems of the Animation Pimp. Jeepers indeed.