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Director / CrewWe created Disney's most hated television show AMA

Oct 23rd 2017 by howisyourmother • 7 Questions • 158 Points

Edit: Okay! Thanks r/IAmA for all your questions, it's now time for us to trudge home. Thank you for having us and we loved answering your questions.

Answering your questions today are senior reporters Shona Ghosh and Sam Shead, who have been following Transport for London’s surprise decision last month not to renew Uber’s license to operate in London. Catch up on all of our Uber coverage at uk.businessinsider.com. You can follow Business Insider UK on reddit, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Proof: https://i.redd.it/iaylqcmp6ssz.jpg

Q:

How did you pitch the show to Disney? :~)

A:

When talking to full-time Uber drivers (in a variety of different countries) the general consensus is that to earn a livable wage you've got to be putting in a minimum of 60 hours per week, if not more.

At what point does Uber cease to be a "technological breakthrough" and start to be more of a workaround to circumvent paying livable wages to its employees?

While taxi fares are certainly well above market rates in many places around the world, Uber seems to have gone the other way...instead of being unfair to consumers they are unfair to workers...What do you think ridesharing and the taxi industry will look like 5-10 years from now? There's no doubt that Uber has caused a disruption but how do you see the wage discrepancy correcting itself over time?

Also: Dude...if you want your AMA to take off you've got to be ready to answer the first dozen questions immediately. As in, immediately, as soon as they come in. In real time. The momentum you get (or don't get) in the first hour is crucial.


Q:

We actually didn't pitch. We got on Craigslist and hired a freelance druid to cast a desire spell on the Disney brass. Best 65 bucks we ever spent.

A:

That is definitely a common narrative, though there are also Uber drivers who will tell you quite spontaneously they love the extra money and flex. It's more difficult to earn a livable wage if you drive for something like Uber Exec though.

In the UK, there are MPs who already think Uber is effectively flouting regulation and worker rights to make money. I don't see the wage discrepancy correcting itself over time; I suspect politicians will step in to force some level of worker rights. That would probably result in Uber raising its prices and looking more like a traditional minicab company. — Shona


Q:

How much stuff does Disney let you get away with? Sometimes it feels like this show was an Adult Swim show edited down for kids. Which isn't a bad thing!

A:

Uber drivers who will tell you quite spontaneously they love the extra money and flex

For sure...it's a great situation for those who drive for extra money on the side, in addition to their regular full-time job.

But I'd still argue that this fact further points to wages being low...in any other industry you wouldn't accept "Yeah, the pay is fine as long as you have another job and this one is extra."

In terms of government intervention...how do you see Uber evolving if they are forced to pay wages more on par with regular taxi cabs? (I fully recognize that if you had the right answer here you'd be working in a C-level position at Uber and not writing about them, haha, but for the sake of conversation...)


Q:

Disney has been very tolerant of us, but we definitely kept the S&P department busy. We only got individual episodes banned in four different countries, so that was good. They secretly love us I'm sure.

A:

Interestingly, they have (briefly) talked about how their model would need to change with government intervention, at least in the UK. It would look much more like existing private taxi operators, with set shifts (as opposed to the current model where drivers can log in and accept rides at any time) and salaries.

It would also cost them millions of pounds in additional costs though at no point did they say this would force them out of business.

So, I could see a more restricted, more expensive Uber in the not too distant future. It depends on whether new legislation gets passed here or not though. - Shona


Q:

I have also heard this.

A:

Hey Sam and Shona, do you think black cabs are free of the safety issues of which they accused Uber, or are they just less transparent?


Q:

ALERT! FAKE NEWS!!!

A:

Hey! Definitely not. Uber drivers have to go through all the same TfL background checks that black cab drivers go through, including a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Uber also gives passengers a more direct place to complain.

A lot of women say they feel safer using Uber because there's a digital record of who picked them up, where from, and at what time. That said, there's always a risk that a random Uber driver with a great rating could one day decide to behave inappropriately. — Sam


Q:

How did you guys manage to pitch this zany idea to an organization as strict in brand management as Disney?

A:

Hi Shona and Sam, what's the reaction been among commuters? Are their local ride-share competitors that benefit from this? Thanks!


Q:

We went for the funny every time and despite the show being a potential contrast to what was the typical Disney fare... we got the laughs. In the end, I heard we were classified as a "brand extender".

A:

Commuters were initially shocked by the "Uber has been banned in London" headlines but they've now realised that the taxi app might not disappear after all.

Uber has appealed Transport for London's (TfL) ruling and there's a good chance that it will be given an operating licence if it makes a few changes that satisfy the transport regulator.

Right now I don't think any competitors are benefiting. If anything, Uber is probably getting used more in London due to all the publicity. Of course, that could all change if Uber fails to turnover TfL's decision. — Sam


Q:

Hey! Atleast you didn’t make fanboy and chumchum!

  1. Do you hate fanboy and chumchum?

  2. Favorite show?

  3. What’s the last meal you ate?

A:

What is the most interesting thing you found in your research?


Q:

Thanks for the kind words.

  1. To be honest, we don't watch kids cartoons. blush

  2. Curb Your Enthusiasm, Game of Thrones, Maury Povich

  3. I just drank a can of Modelo and ate a salted caramel cupcake

A:

One of the most interesting things I've found is there are a number of other taxi app companies that are waiting for TfL to issue them with an operating licence.

Via — a startup that has raised $200 million from Mercedes-Daimler and other investors — is up and running in the US but it's been waiting almost half a year for its London licence.

If TfL doesn't issue companies like Via and rival Taxify with operating licences then these companies will turn their back on the city and set up in other European destinations. — Sam


Q:
  1. So I've been noticing that the show has a lot of dark content in it, which is surprising considering the channel it airs on (Disney XD). Were there any times where you were restricted by Disney's TV content rules or did they give you free reign over the show?

  2. What has been your favorite episode of the show that you worked on? Personally, "Yellow Snow" was hilarious because of the awful CGI and "Australia" was a really good two part episode. I can't wait to see what you do this season.

  3. How's your mom?

A:

Are there any other really interesting stories you are working on?


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  1. We get lots of notes from Disney about junk they're not comfortable with, usually we end coming with something funnier (but mostly just weirder).

  2. From season one, 90's Adventure Bear is hard to top. It's a mashup of Tailspin and Birdman. Watch out for "L'il Chugger the Face Train" coming up in season two. It's pretty stellar.

  3. She's fine.

A:

I won't go into great detail (...just in case our future stories don't work out) but the areas Sam, I, and our colleagues are looking into right now are issues around sexual harassment in the tech industry, the gig economy and treatment of workers in the UK, unethical behaviour/lies by some major startup names. Uber's fate in London and the UK generally obviously remains an interesting topic. — Shona


Q:

is that the one withthe hot milf latinascene with salmas hayack and emma stome and emma watson

A:

Is it true that uber isn't in london because of migrant violence on women taking uber or is it because of that lacking of quality which isn't comparable to official london cab drivers that have taken the knowledge?


Q:

Yes.

A:

I think neither are correct. It's true that TfL is concerned about Uber's record on safety, but there's lots of questions about assault statistics reported about Uber. How many allegations against Uber drivers result in charges? How many perpetrators are misidentified as Uber drivers? But Uber should give better reassurances about keeping passengers safe.

I don't think the Knowledge was a factor in TfL's decision. — Shona


Q:

Hi all! Can I ask, what is it like running a show? Thanks :~)

A:

It's easy. It's shocking we get paid to do it. All day we just take naps and eat candy and yell at underlings.


Q:

Who was your least favorite Disney executive and why?

A:

This is a trap. Is this a question from Disney? We won't be fooled again. Plus John, you seem like a real creep.


Q:

Who hurt you? Just kidding. Is it strict working for Disney? Do they monitor every little thing you do on social media and in public?

A:

Our meds help stop the hurting. Disney has been pretty tolerant, but let's hope they don't shut down this dang AMA! SHHHHHH!


Q:

Hi guys!!! I guess around a couple years ago now, I was the agency designer tasked with creating Pickle and Peanut promo content for Disney XD's social channels when you guys first launched the show that summer. My team and I got to watch a bunch of the episodes before they aired and while we definitely knew the show was gonna tip some people's rockers, we thought it was so freakin funny and loved it and believed in it from the very beginning.

Which episode had the most difficulty getting through sensors, which was the most fun to make, and who is your favorite character in the series?

So glad I ran into your AMA and thank you for giving me a reason to get paid for making a looping gif of live-action slop hitting a lunch tray over and over again among other things.

A:

Hey there! Thanks for helping us make the madness! We had many eps that were hard to get out the door, but Cookie Racket takes the trophy. We had to do some big changes 2 days from airing which is bananas. Most fun to make was this year's MoCap Christmas Special... stay tuned. Best character is undoubtedly McSweats. Nice hearing from ya!


Q:

Hi Noah and Joel!

I love the use of stock images in the show. Why the use of it though?

A:

Whoa whoa whoa. Joel and I took the photos of P&P. There's nothing "stock" about them. Peanut is a peanut and Pickle is a cucumber lubed up with olive oil. DM us for outtake pics.

Everything else, yeah those are stock photos because we're super-duper lazy.


Q:

Appreciate the 90's episode for us 90's kids, Noah and Joel! Any episode pitches you've had that you thought Disney would question airing?

A:

Yeah we have stacks of episodes we couldn't do, but we're happily surprised that Disney has let us make such a little and bizarre show.


Q:

Does the show's popularity in Japan surprise you guys?

A:

Yes. Most of the world was not ready... but Japan... JAPAN GETS IT! We heart Japan!!!


Q:

Which Disney legend were you most inspired by when developing Pickle and Peanut?


Q:

Why is your show one of the greatest things ever made? Also will there be a DVD/Blu-Ray release anytime soon?

A:

We can't take all the credit. We are simply vessels for a higher power that communicates to us through a mystic crystal. Also... there won't be a DVD, but you can always get the digital download through Amazon. The crystal is upset about this, but has come to terms with it.


Q:

Pickle bears a strong resemblance to Super Pickle. Coincidence?

A:

The secret's OUT!!!


Q:

Have you guys seen the Mr. Enter video?

A:

This guy's good. https://youtu.be/H86fhhXB9wY


Q:

All right, screw it. I've never seen this show before, but I checked out a clip and I really dig the real life aesthetic that's interspersed between. I'll give it a watch.

A:

Oh and we're more of a Nutella type of guys, but we're not picky.


Q:

What do you think about a crossover episode with another Disney show?

A:

Only if they bring back Jessie! J/K we'll crossover with anyone at anytime.


Q:

hi!

did the perverts at Disney love the whole penis/vagina thing about a pickle being phallic shape and a peanut vaginal shape ?

A:

What a wonderful view of the world!


Q:

What are your thoughts on some of the other Disney Channel cartoons?

A:

I should try and watch them.


Q:

do you eat ass?

A:

Let me switch subjects... How's your mom?


Q:

So how does it feel knowing there's a alternate reality with Cucumber and Cashew?

A:

Exhilarating yet crushing.


Q:

How is your mother?

A:

My mother is only with us in spirit.


Q:

I would like to see the show but i am currently on a really slow computer without sound. What is the best way you can describe the show in text, so I could see it in front of me?

A:

Here's an episode in binary:

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Q:

Which one of you is pickle and which one is peanut?!?

A:

Finch Beaks, is there a way I can block you?


Q:

Are Pickle & Peanuts friends off the set as well?

Is there any truth to the rumor that Peanut walked off the set in a huff screaming "Talk to my agent!"??

A:

You think these guys can score an agent?


Q:

[deleted]

A:

This is a common question that I'm bad at answering. Luckily there's wikihow which is how I like to find solutions...

https://www.wikihow.com/Become-an-Animator

Are you interested in becoming a beach bum instead? This is a pretty good read too...

https://www.wikihow.com/Live-Like-a-Beach-Bum


Q:

Dear Noah, why do you look like a shark on methamphetamine?

Regards

A:

Is this Amid Amidi?


Q:

Naw man video games

A:

Aw that's too bad. We love Amazon Prime Now and PS4.