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Disney cancels 'Gigantic,' animated spin on 'Jack and the Beanstalk'

12 October 2017
Disney cancels 'Gigantic,' animated spin on 'Jack and the Beanstalk'

Without question, Disney has been the gold standard in animation since the release of its first full-length feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937.

"It is impossible to know, when we start a project, how the creative process will evolve and, a few times, regardless of the passion that inspires us, or our love of the topic, it simply does not work".

Aside from Gigantic, Disney is now in development on three animated feature films: Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 scheduled for a 2018 release, Frozen 2 for 2019, and an untitled feature for 2021.

Next up for Disney Animation is Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, which is set to hit theaters on November 21st, 2018. Who knows, maybe huge will go the same way; a decade later the project might come out with a brand new title and concept we can look forward to again. According to THR, Catmull delivered news of the film was being pulled from the development, and another would be taking its place on the release schedule.

Ed Catmull, acting president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, issued a statement addressing the decision to drop the project, explaining that the movie "just isn't working".

With Gigantic no longer in active development at Disney, the studio will move ahead on another project to fill the 2020 release date formerly held by animated film.

Instead of "Gigantic", the studio is focusing on another project which is now being tabled for Thanksgiving 2020. Although details on the feature are scarce, insiders have reported that it will be original.

Though Gigantic is dormant for now, it doesn't necessarily meant that the film won't come back to life. While no cast had been named, the film was being co-directed by Nathan Greno (Tangled) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out).

Oscar-winning songwriter duo Robert and Kristen Anderson-Lopez were also contributing to the animated feature following their work on Frozen.