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Axing the Beanstalk: Disney CANCELS Upcoming Animated Film ‘Gigantic’

During the 2015 D23 Expo, Disney made an exciting announcement: a reimagining of Jack and the Beanstalk was coming to the big screen. The story involved the titular character Jack befriending a female giant. Disney even shared original artwork when the film was introduced before a live audience.

Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur writer Meg LeFauve as well as Tangled‘s Nathan Greno were on board to direct the project, while husband-and-wife team Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez were tasked with writing songs for the animated feature. The Lopez are perhaps most known for composing the Oscar-winning soundtrack for Frozen.

Despite the powerhouse team attached to the project, Disney cancels animated film Gigantic, an announcement that shocked everyone, especially those who have been awaiting news about what would have been a promising animated film.

Disney Cancels Animated Film ‘Gigantic,’ Citing Creative Differences

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Early this week, Walt Disney Animation Group president, Ed Catmull, made this announcement:

“It’s impossible to know when we begin a project how the creative process will unfold, and sometimes, no matter how much we love an idea or how much heart goes into it, we find that it just isn’t working.

“With Gigantic, we’ve come to that point, and although it’s a difficult decision, we are ending active development for now. We are focusing our energies on another project that has been in the works, which we’ll be sharing more about soon, now set for Thanksgiving 2020.”

Catmull did not give details on what the next film will be.

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While the animated film Gigantic could have been a good follow-up to last year’s Moana, its cancellation should come as no surprise. Both Disney Studios and Pixar have a long history of cancelling films for the sake of more emotive storytelling. But not everything works out the way the studio expects it to. Case in point? The shelved film My Peoples, which tells the story of a group of folk art characters and three kids who bring a pair of star-crossed lovers together. Hal Holbrook, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton all signed up to voice the main characters. For reasons unknown, Disney shelved the project in favor of Chicken Little. The 2003 film ended up being one of the worst reviewed Disney movies of all time.  

Now that Disney cancels animated film Gigantic, what’s next for animation studio? They’ll be releasing Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet, due out November 21, 2018.