Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Walt Disney Animation Studios' Gigantic gets the axe

Walt Disney Animation Studios' Gigantic gets the axe

An original tale inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk, the film was originally set to release in November 2018, but a delay until 2020 signalled the difficulty Disney was having getting the project off the ground.

According to Ed Catmull, president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, it was a tough call.

The feature, titled big, would have flipped the script on the classic fairy tale to tell the story of Jack befriending a female giant.

Tangled's Nathan Greno and Inside Out writer Meg LeFauve were set to co-direct big from the latter's script, about Jack (of beanstalk-climbing fame) befriending a female giant.

While it's not unknown for studios to shut down animated films already in production, even though they've been announced (see - or don't, because we can't - Pixar's unmade Newt), it's more unusual for movies that have been pimped at a couple of D23 events and been handed release dates to suddenly vanish from the schedules.

Set in Spain during the the Age of Exploration, the story was to center on "Jack as he discovers a world of giants hidden within clouds and befriends a 60-foot female giant". Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez had signed on to write the music for very big, and the husband-wife duo even sang one of the songs during D23. Yet that's the fate of Disney's enormous.

Apparently the studio got to the point where the creative process has hit a wall and they are "ending active development for now".

Catmull also mentions that Disney will be focusing on "another project that has been in the works, which we'll be sharing more about soon, now set for Thanksgiving 2020".

Big was first announced in at D23 Expo 2015 and was scheduled to be released in 2020. Disney's Feature Animation arm next has Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 arriving on 30 November next year.

No details yet on which film will take Gigantic's place in the lineup, though the report notes that it is another original feature.

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