‘Gigantic’ Canceled By Disney Animation

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It’s not often that you see a movie studio like Disney cancel a big budget animated film this far into production, but it happens. Gigantic, Walt Disney Animation’s take on the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale (in which Jack befriends a female giant), is no longer on the way.

The project was first announced in 2015 and has had a troubled road to the big screen, having been delayed twice on the release calendar. Inside Out writer Meg LeFauve was brought on board as co-director to help rework the movie, but apparently the story was not up to Disney’s quality standards. Why was Gigantic canceled?

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One side effect of announcing a schedule of movies years in advance is that, sometimes, you have to completely shift that schedule to accommodate reality. Today, Disney announced new and changed release dates for a number of its movies, including Star Wars: Episode 9, Indiana Jones 5, Frozen 2, Gigantic, The Lion King, and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.

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Disney - Gigantic director Meg LeFauve

Disney favorite Meg LeFauve is adding another high-profile project to the to-do list. The Captain Marvel and Inside Out screenwriter has been set to co-direct Gigantic, Disney Animation’s upcoming take on the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale. She joins previously announced director Nathan Greno (Tangled).  Read More »

Wreck-It Ralph 2

Walt Disney Animation made a big announcement on Facebook Live this morning: Wreck-It Ralph 2 will be coming to theaters in 2018. Get the details after the jump.
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Disney Animation's big announcement

Walt Disney Animation Studios has revealed it will be making a big mysterious announcement on Thursday, June 30th at 9am Pacific time. But what could Disney Animation’s big announcement be? Let’s take a look at some of the options.

UPDATE: The big announcement was one of our predictions, Wreck It Ralph 2 is coming in 2018.

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Gigantic

“When Disney does a fairy tale, it becomes the definitive version of that story,” said John Lasseter. “One that doesn’t have a definitive version is Jack and the Beanstalk.” So began Disney’s announcement of their next animated fairy tale movie, Gigantic, at D23.

Disney is already in production on the feature, which has assembled a top-notch team: Nathan Greno (Tangled) is directing, Dorothy McKim (Get a Horse!) is directing, and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Frozen) are providing music. More details on the Disney Gigantic movie after the jump.  Read More »

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Sure, the film’s trailer may consist of your typical comedy gags like awkward gay jokes and talking about farts, but get past that, and you’ll find a surprisingly honest movie that does an expert job of exploring the intricacies of building and maintaining modern male friendships. And it does so in some truly hilarious ways. This here is a comedy that knows how trivial its story is, so instead of wasting time (like so many romantic comedies before it) trying to establish to some sort of gimmicky central plotline, it takes the route of many successful dramas before it and puts the focus on what matters most: the characters. It’s still a rather predictable and lighthearted film, mind you, and the final ten minutes seem more intent on rushing through your typical rom-com tropes than actually working out a satisfying resolution, but even so, the film is one of the funniest you’ll see this year and easily warrants a purchase.
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Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Commentary by director John Hamburg and actors Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, deleted and extended scenes, outtakes, an 18-minute Making of featurette, and the Red Band Trailer.

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