Avid Disney fans might be so hyped about the company’s recent announcement that Zootopia 2, Frozen 3, and Toy Story 5 are expected to head their way. But this exciting news might be just Disney’s tactic to hide the deeper issues that their management is going through. The money-making franchise is set to gear up for a massive round of layoffs with 7,000 workers as the company seeks to slash $5.5 billion in costs. Fans and detractors of the company's recent behavior took to the Internet to express their disappointment with the franchise.
Avatar: The Last Airbender voice actor Greg Baldwin, who voiced Iroh on the animated show, is one of those who are not pleased with Disney's future project announcements given that they have a bigger problem to solve, which is to prioritize their employees. "[The] bastards laid me off TWICE. It’s what they do. Those 7000 employees need jobs more than the world needs ‘Toy Story 5.’” wrote Baldwin.
Baldwin went on to become a notable voice actor, replacing Mako as the voice of Iroh in Avatar: The Last Airbender and continuing to lend his voice to the character in The Legend of Korra and related video games. Baldwin made his full Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 3 debut as Iroh in The Avatar and the Fire Lord though he is credited with additional voice work on the show dating back to Season 2's Tales of Ba Sing Se.
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The voice actor has also previously worked under Disney in Screen Credits Administration and Business and Legal Affairs, and he first-hand experienced the tragedy of getting laid off by the company, although he did not provide details surrounding his layoff. There are currently several spinoff projects in development at Avatar Studios, but Baldwin’s involvement has yet to be communicated.
Due to Disney's ad-supported tier and recent price increases, the company reportedly narrowed losses to $1.1 billion in Q1 against a loss of $1.5 billion in the fourth quarter, so announcing more projects on their most popular franchises might do the trick to save their company on the rocks.
More details on Toy Story, Frozen, and Zootopia sequels are yet to be announced.
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