I don’t think this directly affected me, in my time at Disney, as I was always too junior (and heretical) to be desirable within the studio, never mind to another studio.  I’m sharing it because while it’s not as fun as, say, browsing character design blogs, it is important for anyone wanting to get into the animation industry to read about this. The whole of animation history is full of studios taking advantage of their employees and it is not in their interest to change, which is why employees must be vigilant not to be taken advantage of, and not to let it happen to others.  No matter what your studio may tell you about being a happy family, it’s a business, and will make cold-blooded business decisions when it suits them – in fact the whole ‘happy family’ rhetoric is a cold-blooded business decision, as it encourages employee loyalty and is much less expensive than competitive pay.*  It isn’t in anyone’s interest to revisit the bidding wars of the ’90s because everyone suffers in the long run, but that does not make it OK for studios benefiting from record profits not to pass that along to the people who made the films, never mind conspire with each other to keep their workforce from finding just compensation anywhere else.

And for people who take only a recreational interest in animation: it ain’t all peaches and cream: be an informed fan.

*To be fair, I have worked at studios that are, more or less, happy families, but the truth of it seems to be in an inverse relationship to size and to explicit statements of familial happiness.



Donato Giancola

Donato Giancola




Whoa, scientists have finally uncovered the identity of Jack the Ripper 

I don’t normally reblog things, but this is simply too interesting to not make a note of! Read more at the Independent or the Mirror

This is so misleading that it is frankly a lie.

First of all, “Scientists” haven’t solved anything except determined the results of a DNA test—matching a still-living descendent of the sister of a mental patient with a 126-year-old semen stain on the shawl of a single woman thought to be killed by the Ripper.

  • The idea that they could have a “100% match” is highly tenuous at best; siblingship is a tricky thing to discover through DNA to begin with, and vastly more so when you take into account that they’re testing the descendent of a sibling. There’s a reason that whenever possible, geneticists prefer to test a parent as well as a sibling, given how many DNA loci are recombined to form a sibling’s DNA. They also “matched” the shawl’s owner’s bloodstain to her “three-times great-granddaughter,” proving again a “100% match.” 
  • The DNA evidence has not been independently verified by any authorities.
  • The shawl itself, the one and only piece of physical evidence, has not been independently verified. It “is thought” to have been part of the case.
  • The lead detective on the case is not a detective. He is a self-proclaimed “armchair detective” and history nut. 
  • He is selling a book about this. It doesn’t take an “armchair detective” to realize that a book about looking for Jack the Ripper’s identity is not going to turn a profit without showing “conclusive proof” that they’ve found the killer. 
  • His only other proof is the fact that Kosminski was recorded as a suspect in the 1800s by the police, who were notedly anti-Semetic (Kosminski was a Polish Jew). 
  • This “study,” if it can even be called that when the information was clearly biased, was reported in the Daily Mail and the Mirror, not exactly shining bastions of journalism. Look for it to be discredited very soon. I’m betting Cracked’s “B.S. News Stories that Fooled Your Facebook Friends” gets there within a week.
  • The apparently brilliant scientist that has pioneered this new DNA matching technology, Dr. Jari Louhelainen, is hardly a standout in his field. He is not decorated, has received no awards or fellowships that I’ve been able to find, and is a professor at a college that has turned out only one notable alumnus in the scientific field, ever (and she is an astrophysicist). 
  • Even if the shawl and its two spots of purported DNA were not obviously of over-inflated importance (and if they could be verified), that is far from saying the mystery of Jack the Ripper is solved. All that would be in today’s courtroom is a single piece of circumstantial evidence for ONE of five serial murders.


  1. The newspaper that reported this is a tabloid.
  2. The “detective” is an amateur with a book to sell.
  3. The “scientist” is a lecturer at a new university in England that focuses on sports.
  4. The “evidence” is over-hyped and far from conclusive.
  5. The “evidence” only points to Kosminski for ONE murder out of five.

This is not research. This is sensationalism. The mystery of Jack the Ripper is far from solved.


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