With most of Hollywood shutdown following the actors and writers going on strike for better pay and conditions, studios like Disney have been preparing for this in advance, such as stacking up scripts and filming as much as possible.

While the major studio’s animated film studios have generally been able to escape from the disruption of the writer’s strike, since animation writers are members of the Animation Guild, which is separate from the WGA, though, the writers on the hit shows by 20th Animation have been strike since they are members of the WGA.

According to The Wrap, Pixar went out of its way to bank as many vocal recordings in advance of the Screen Actors Guild strike as possible so that production could continue on the films currently in development, such as next year’s films, “Elio” and “Inside Out 2”.

Disney has many different animated films in production, including “Wish”, which is due to be released in November.  While most of the film is completed, as shown during the Disney+ Original documentary series, “Into The Unknown”, the teams are working almost right up to the release date of films, tweaking and changing the film.    Another film due to be released in 2024 is the sequel to the 2019 hit, “The Lion King”, which is classed as a live-action film, but in reality, it’s an animated film with a photo-realistic art style.

Voice-over recordings for animated films are usually done in advance, to allow footage of the actors performing the roles to be used in the animation process.  However, as the script changes throughout development, there are additional pickups of more vocal recordings, which depending on how long this strike continues, might impact upcoming animated releases from Disney and Pixar. The actor’s strike will also continue to impact other animated shows created by Disney’s studios, such as “The Simpsons”.

With the lacklustre box office results for Disney’s latest animated films such as “Strange World”, “Elemental” and “Lightyear”, Disney is going to need to make sure its next wave of film releases are as good as they can be.  So those last minute changes ahead of the film are usually a must.  Hopefully, the writer’s and actors’ unions can make a deal with the studios soon to return to work, while also achieving their aims of improving working conditions and better pay.

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Roger Palmer

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