Disney fans are about to be disappointed, because according to GameSpot, Walt Disney Animation Studios' future animated film that was in production, Gigantic, a new spin on the classic "Jack and the Beanstalk" tale, has been canceled indefinitely.
President of PIXAR Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios Ed Catmull left a statement with The Hollywood Reporter, saying:
"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."
Gigantic was first announced in 2015
This is very distressing news, but at least the filmmakers on this project are realizing the problems the film has now, rather than just releasing a mediocre film to us, which Disney is not about. Although, we still cannot say that we are not saddened by this news, especially for the fans who went to the D23 Expo back in 2015, where during the upcoming animated films panel, Gigantic had about thirty minutes to shine with would-be Frozen (2013) composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez discussing their work on the film, complete with an in development animated storyboard sequence in sync with one of their songs. Then directors Nathan Greno (Tangled (2010) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out (2015), The Good Dinosaur (2015)) also spoke excitedly about the film.
As someone who attended the expo this year and back in 2015, this writer found it interesting when nothing was shown or announced regarding this film at the D23 2017 Expo. While it was due for a 2018 release, it was then pushed to a 2020 release. That's still enough time to show us something new or perhaps a first little teaser, especially since we were already exposed to the material two years prior. With this announcement however, it's all making sense now.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018), previewed at the D23 2017 Expo this year, will still be releasing on schedule next year on November 21, 2018. If you want a really fun animated "Jack and the Beanstalk" treat, go and watch the classic Mickey and the Beanstalk segment from Fun and Fancy Free (1947), celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.