We know why she smiles. (It’s money).
Huge news for fans of sexy anime dads: Pixar officially makes Upside down 2. After a tete-a-tete in Matthew Belloni Puck newsletter, the sequel to the critically acclaimed 2015 Oscar winner was announced Sept. 9 at D23 Expo, the biennial convention for all things Disney. According to Belloni’s sources, Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader won’t be returning to voice Disgust and Fear, respectively, because they were just offered 2 percent the salary of Amy Poehler, who returns as main character Joy. Apparently, Poehler was offered $5 million “plus additional fees and bonuses,” while the rest of the main cast only received $100,000, with no bonuses. While D23’s presentation obviously doesn’t go into specifics about salary negotiations, they did confirm that the film will focus on Riley’s new emotions as she’s now a teenager, according to Deadline.
“Inexpensive voice talent is becoming more commonplace at Disney,” Belloni writes. “I heard people at Pixar complaining about the tightening of purse strings and talent fees for the recent Emmy winner Chip N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers were ridiculously low. Puck reports that the Rescue Rangers the voice cast, which included John Mulaney and Andy Samberg, participated in support of director Akiva Schaffer. Disney has reportedly upped its offers to Hader and Kaling, but the actors are still missing. Looks like they’re going to replace Fear and Disgust with a new cartoon emotion: drama.
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