It's a little gloomy in the Magic Kingdom. Recently, it was announced that the animated film Gigantic would not see the light of day and will instead be replaced by something else. The film was announced two years ago at the famous D23 Expo in Anaheim, and the story would be Disney's second time tackling the Jack and the Beanstalk story. This would've been an animated musical with songs written by Kristen and Robert Lopez, who did music for Frozen.
Now, obviously this is not the first time #Disney shelved a project and disappointed fans. Here are four other films that Disney dropped in the past.
4. 'Tron 3'
After the decent success of Tron: Legacy in 2015, Disney announced that it was moving forward with a follow up. Joseph Kosinski, the director, along with stars Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde were set to return. However, all that came to a halt at the end of May 2015.
What happened? Well, a little movie called #Tomorrowland debuted to a lackluster performance. Many fans feel that this movie's performance was the reason Tron 3 was shelved, because Disney wanted to focus on properties that have nothing to do with Marvel or Lucasfilm, but their own original properties. Rumors have been swirling that Tron 3 may still be rebooted and star Suicide Squad's Jared Leto as a character named Ares.
It's unlike Pixar to just drop a project. Even before Disney purchased the company in 2006, their film schedule was set for the next 10 years, and in each Pixar film, they tease the next film via an Easter Egg. The reference to this project came as a door sticker in Andy's room in Toy Story 3. It was to be released in 2012.
What halted the project? The premise was too similar to another animated film: Rio. The story was about a rare male newt trying to develop a relationship with a female newt. Very similar to Rio, only switch out newts for macaws. In actuality, when Ed Catmull, president of animation, passed this project to Pete Docter, he winded up turning this story into Inside Out. So, some good came out of shelving this project. I guess Disney didn't want a repeat of that time they released a film called The Wild only a year after Dreamworks' Madagascar. That's fair.
2. 'American Dog'
Technically, this movie wasn't shelved completely — it was just rearrange. The film was to be written and directed by Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stich, How To Train Your Dragon), and the story was about a famous television actor dog that gets lost in the Nevada desert after a train accident, and is trying to find his way home, believing the whole time that he's still on TV. He is accompanied on his journey by a radioactive rabbit and a one-eyed cat.
In 2006, after Disney bought Pixar, John Lassetter came on as the new head of development for the animation department for both Disney and Pixar. Rumor has it that it he wasn't a fan of Sanders' Lilo and Stitch and wasn't too keen on the original idea of American Dog. Because of creative differences, Sanders left the project and Disney entirely. Byron Howard and Chris Williams would take on directing duties and reworked the film to what we know today: Bolt. Bolt was a canine actor, accompanied by a cat (both eyes intact) and a hamster, trying to make his way back to his show in Hollywood. Not entirely scrapped, but fans are still curious to see how Sanders' version would've played out.
1. Chip 'N' Dale Rescue Rangers: The Movie
We can all agree that the '90s was all that. Disney was at its prime, not only in film, but on television as well. During the '90s, UPN had an afternoon cartoon block called the Disney Afternoon. That block consisted of half hour toons based on original and well established Disney characters. In 1990, one of the popular toons from that block, Duck Tales, was blessed with an animated film. The movie went on to gross $18 million domestically, making back its budget, but to Disney, that didn't constitute enough to build a series of films.
According to The Disney Book, because of that lukewarm box office performance, Disney scrapped plans for other Duck Tales films, as well as other properties from the Disney Afternoon block such as: Darkwing Duck and Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers. Somehow, those directors that were set to helm Chip N Dale winded up directing A Goofy Movie. Perhaps Disney wanted to focus on comedy as opposed to adventure?
In 2014, it was announced that Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers would be getting a revival on the big screen, but in live action form. Except that never happened.
Though it's still in question whether or not Gigantic will see the light of day, most shelved projects from this studio end up being revamped a decade or two later. Don't be surprised if you see this film's concept somewhere down the line. After all, Little Mermaid, Tangled and Beauty and the Beast were once shelved, but look how those films turned out. Don't rule out on the House of Mouse just yet.
Which one of these shelved Disney movies would you be eager to watch?