Disney Axes Its ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ Movie

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Disney is abandoning Gigantic, its upcoming feature adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk, according to Deadline.com. The project, which was slated for a Thanksgiving 2020 release date was directed by Meg LeFauve who wrote Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, and Nathan Greno (Tangled, Meet the Robinsons). This modern version of the classic fairy tale found Jack encountering a female giant and was set to feature songs by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Frozen). According to some sources, the production was shelved because of creative problems.

“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,” said Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios president Ed Catmull. “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.”

Disney Animation is said to be pursuing another project for that release date. Disney’s next big animated feature is Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2 (Nov. 21, 2018) and Frozen 2 (Nov. 27, 2019). The studio will also release the Frozen featurette Olaf’s Frozen Adventure with the much-anticipated Pixar feature Coco on November 22nd.

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  • AnimationFan#1

    THAT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Meg Ryan

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NO NO NO NO NO! I WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS ONE BIT! I waited my lifetime to see a JACK AND THE BEANSTALK MOVIE FROM DISNEY AND DARN IT I WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN!

    I hereby will make a petition tomorrow morning and I WILL GET MANY FANS TO SIGN IT! WE WILL GET JACK AND THE BEANSTALK BACK IN PRODUCTION! WE WILL GET A STORY MADE! WE WILL HAVE A MUSICAL! WE WILL HAVE A FAIRY TALE!

  • Bosda, The Raccoon Philosopher

    It looked delightful.
    But, Disney ignores Kim Possible & Rescue Rangers fan petitions (big fanbases), so how can this have a hope?

  • Charles Veiman

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • C.J. Brown

    Feels like if it’s not MARVEL or LUCAS FILM (Star Wars) related? Then Team Disney Burbank doesn’t care! I had high hopes for more original animations (at least we have CoCo from Pixar this year) and Gigantic looked clever ….

  • Paul McMahon

    No big loss really. Not very original.

  • Andrew Orluk

    Eh, I could have gone either way on this for this film. I’m a little worried that the sequels they’re making are just stacking a pig on top of another pig like when they made all those other sequels years ago instead of figuring out ways they can make the sequels better than their predecessors and that’s somewhat concerning from my point of view.

    Actually come to think of it, I haven’t seen Disney take a risk in awhile and I feel that’s a bit concerning too.

  • Mr. Sig

    While there’s already an adaptation featuring Mickey, Donald, and Goofy, which you can see in Fun and Fancy Free, this is indeed a bit of a bummer.

    However, the shelving of Gigantic is nothing compared to the cancellation of Wander Over Yonder after two seasons. Craig McCracken and his crew had a whole third season planned out and had high hopes for it, but it got denied one week before the second season premiered (if that’s not an act of cartoon injustice, I don’t know what is).

    Ever since Craig announced the cancellation after the airing of My Fair Hatey, WOY fans have been doing everything they can to convince Disney to give the show another chance. And don’t think The End of the Galaxy is the series finale, because it comes with a teaser of what would be expected in S3, which is enough to make just about anyone want to help out with the SaveWOY campaign.

    Recently, an image from the S1 finale of Future-Worm had surfaced. We soon learned that the name of the ship Wander and Sylvia are riding is The Star Nomad. A decent number of people noticed and are more eager than ever before to know more, yet we still got no word of approval for S3, which is why the campaign continues.

  • William Rose

    Please note that the project’s active development has ended FOR NOW, meaning not forever, and hopefully will be (until the redrafting of that story) set in some years after 2020.