After it came to light that Seth Rogen’s charming new adult-oriented cartoon Sausage Party was produced using underpaid, overworked ghost-artists, people starting going mental. I mean, we all know how difficult it is to find a job in this economy, and finding one with that fine art degree is even more difficult.
Sure, the scandal probably (maybe) destroyed adult animation’s chances of ever getting another run at the silver screen, but that was not really an isolated incident. Various animation studios are under wage-theft lawsuits as we speak.
Fortunately, hope has come for such unfortunate schlubs in the form of a new website: AnimationLawsit.com.
According to a press release: “If you were an employee who held an animation or visual effects job title at Blue Sky Studios, Inc., DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., Two Pic MC LLC (f/k/a Image Movers Digital LLC), Lucasfilm, Ltd., LLC, Pixar, Sony Pictures Animation Inc., Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc., or The Walt Disney Company during the time periods set forth in the Notice, an ongoing class action lawsuit may affect your rights, and you could get money from settlements with two of the multiple defendants in the lawsuit.”
Reportedly, workers involved in the lawsuit between 2001 and 2010 are eligible for settlement help, and there is even a nifty list to see if your job title guaranteed you money. According to reports, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California will also hold a Fairness Hearing on November 10, 2016, to approve some of the settlements instigated by Blue Sky and Sony.
And while we at Viral Pirate do not have the money nor manpower to help the starving artists of the world, we can at least all celebrate by listening to the international anthem of the art world. Sure, that title is not exactly uplifting, but if it is on The Simpsons, why, it must be true!