A union representative is alleging that laid off Frozen animators were frozen out of a bonus Disney awarded as thanks for the billion-plus grossing film.
â€śDisney paid bonuses to everyone who worked onÂ FrozenÂ except for those who were laid off after the film was completed,â€ť said Steve Hulett, business representative ofÂ IATSEÂ Animation Guild Local 839, according to Deadline.
â€śIâ€™ve heard they got 10 weeks of their weekly pay as a bonus. Everyone at the facility got the bonus, even if they didnâ€™t work on it. Some of my people worked on the whole picture to the very end and then they were laid off, and theyâ€™re not getting the bonus. It just doesnâ€™t seem right.â€ť
Hulett said he raised his concerns with Disney, but was told the bonusÂ â€śwas because ofÂ FrozenÂ but not aboutÂ Frozen.â€ť
â€śI understand that theyâ€™re not obligated to pay separated employees,â€ť Hulett said. â€śBut philosophically, I think itâ€™s unfair. But what can you do? They make the rules.â€ť
According to Deadline a studio source confirmed that â€śeligible, current Walt Disney Animation Studios employees were given a studio bonus.â€ť