The first attempt to produce an animated film adaptation of the classic novel of the same name written by Lewis Carroll. The film would be the first theatrical animated feature-length film of Disney. It was planned to be a combination of animation with live-action. Mary Pickford was attached to star as Alice. However, the project was scrapped in favor of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Eighteen years later, a film based on the book was released by Disney.
"Hillbilly" "Mickey the Hillbilly" "Hillbilly Mickey"
Pete the moonshiner mistakes Mickey for a revenue agent, and Minnie Mouse appears as a hillbilly girl.
Mickey works at a train station, where he encounters a troublesome kangaroo. During the development of the cartoon, the kangaroo was dropped in favor of an ostrich. At one time, Mickey was supposed to help Donald with the ostrich, before he was omitted from the plot altogether in favor of the duck. The original kangaroo elements ended up in "Mickey's Kangaroo," which was released in 1935, minus the train station. Probably at the same time as Mickey was dropped from the cartoon, the film (now starring Donald Duck) was renamed "Donald's Ostrich," which was released in 1937.
"The Good Samaritan"
Pluto rescues a baby puppy that wrecks the house of his black mistress. A short with this plot was made for Disney's House of Mouse.
Mickey is a magician with a hat. Donald and Pluto are his helpers. Donald is frustrated and wants to expose Mickey's act. The magic act is followed by a grand opera, featuring Mickey, Donald, Clara Cluck, and Pluto, and exposing the hat again. During the development, this was split into two cartoons, since the plot was considered too thick for a standard short, and it became "Mickey's Magic Hat". During the development of the former short, Donald was downgraded from Mickey's helper to a frustrated spectator role. It was released in 1937 as "Magician Mickey". Somewhere during the development after the split, "Mickey's Grand Opera" was produced first and kept most of the original elements, and it was released in 1936.
"The Sea Monster" "Mickey's Sea Monster"
Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are pitted against a comic sea serpent.
A proposed Silly Symphony based on Hans Christian Andersen's story about two weavers who promise an emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent.
Mickey sets out to hunt deer in a story that was supposed to feature all of the same plot elements as in the released cartoon The Pointer in 1939.
Mickey, Donald, and Goofy discover a ledge of 19-karat gold in the desert with the aid of an automatic gold-finder, which has been constructed by Goofy. However, the machine goes berserk when it gets too close to Donald's gold belt buckle, attacking the duck and ultimately exploding a stick of dynamite. The trio of prospectors are left in tattered disarray.
"The Emperor's New Clothes"
When the Silly Symphony failed to materialize, Mickey Mouse was brought into the story and the concept was developed as either a short or featurette. At one point, Donald and Goofy were also considered for inclusion in the plot.
"The Love Nest"
Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are interior designers who set up a honeymoon cottage for Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow.
Mickey, Donald, and Goofy bake an enormous cake for Mrs. Vandersnoot's reception.
"Mickey's Sunken Treasure"
Mickey, Donald, and Goofy go treasure hunting and end up on a desert island.
"Mickey's Treasure Hunt"
Mickey, Donald, and Goofy go treasure hunting on a shipwreck.
"Navy Mickey" also known as "Mickey in the Navy"
Mickey joins the Navy, where he encounters a bulldog admiral.
"North West Mounted" "Royal Mounted Police" "Mickey of the Mounted" "Mickey Gets His Man" "Mickey the Mountie"
Black Pete kidnaps Minnie Mouse and tries to force her to disclose the location of her secret gold mine. Intrepid mountie Mickey gives chase, but is hampered in his search by the antics of his gluttonous horse Tanglefoot.
Mickey, Donald, and Goofy go deep sea hunting.
"The Three Bears"
Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are cast in the roles of the Three Bears. This approach to the story was considered after the prosed Silly Symphony failed to materialize.
A proposed Silly Symphony, a sequel to "Water Babies," and a sequel/prequel to "Merbabies". The babies are now playing in the snow instead of water.
"Struebel Peter" "Slovenly Peter"
A proposed Silly Symphony featuring Peter, an unruly boy who delights in tormenting animals. The animals, in the end, take their revenge.
"The Three Bears" "Goldie Locks and Three Bears"
A proposed Silly Symphony of the well-known children's story. Model sheets prove that Goldilocks was planned to look like, and possibly be voiced by, Shirley Temple. Papa Bear was modeled after W.C. Fields.
"Timid Elmer" "Elmer's Light o Love"
A proposed sequel to the Elmer Elephant Silly Symphony. Elmer has to watch helplessly as Tillie Tiger's ballet arts of Granville inspires Goat. When trouble comes, Goat runs away and Elmer has to save Tillie.
A proposed animated film based on the Peter Rabbit books written by Beatrix Potter. However, she refused Walt Disney's offer to make the film.
Donald and his assistant Gus Goose are entrusted with the renovation of a villa. Donald encounters a throbbing cuckoo clock. Had this film been completed, it would have been the debut of Gus Goose.
Donald gives the orphans a how-to lesson on how to cut down a tree. A different lumberjack Donald Duck cartoon was eventually titled Timer and released in 1941.
Donald is a night watchman in a store, in which he has to deal with a playful monkey.
Mickey, Donald & Goofy
Mickey, Donald, and Goofy open a shop to fix clocks. They are tricked by Pete into fixing Big Beth. All of these elements were dropped in favor of cleaning Big Beth. The Big Beth element was kept and released in 1937 as "Clock Cleaners".
"The Dog Show"
Dropped elements from a released cartoon titled "Society Dog Show", including the original title. Pete was originally considered for the role of the judge. The Good Housekeeping page suggested that Donald helps Mickey prepare Pluto for the show, but the studio record did not match the Good Housekeeping page.
Mickey, Donald & Goofy
Mickey, Donald, and Goofy work in a store, cleaning it overnight.
Mickey Mouse or Mickey, Donald & Goofy
(Version 1:) Mickey is a solo newsreel photographer in darkest Africa.
(Version 2:) Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are newsreel photographers in darkest Africa.
Mickey, Donald & Goofy
Mickey, Donald, and Goofy join the French Foreign Legion.
(Not be confused with the 1929 short of same name) a large and ambitious projected short featuring nearly all of the original Disney characters, including Mickey and the gang, as well as some of the more popular Silly Symphonies characters, in a grand musical revue. This eventually formed the basis of the Mickey Mouse Revue show at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Mickey Mouse visits Atlantis.
(Version 1:) Originally planned as a story, set in Japan, featuring a moth rescued from a bat.(Version 2:) A romantic story about two Japanese children, which was stalled in production.
A proposed sequel to "Little Hiawatha", featuring Hiawatha's female counterpart, a little Indian girl named Minnehaha. Little seems to be known about the actual plot.
Reynard the Fox The Romance of Reynard
Tales and poems from 11th-century Europe about a misbehaving fox and his tricks. This was considered as a feature film.
Donald has to deliver a mechanical doll to a doll museum, and another package to another destination. Pluto was considered at one point to be included to help Donald with his job.
Donald tells his nephews a tall tale a la Baron Munchausen, about his adventures as a National Geographic photographer in Africa. He claims to have discovered a lost world of prehistoric creatures, and to have beaten King Kong in feats of strength.
"Donald's Shooting Gallery"
Donald attracts his nephew to the shooting range, by offering a box of chocolates as a prize. This proposed Donald Duck short was, in theory, an alternative story to the finished 1947 cartoon "Straight Shooters".
Donald and Gus Goose are prospectors lost in Death Valley. Tortured by heat and thirst, they trek across the barren terrain in search of water. They encounter various mirages, including a group of Lorelei ducks lounging by a swimming pool. One of the girls sips a cool drink and beckons to them. While Donald investigates, Gus, with the aid of his lucky derby hat, discovers a strange capricious laughing spring and is able to quench his thirst. Donald tries to trap the elusive water, but is unable to get a drop.
"Mickey's Beach Picnic"
Mickey, Goofy, and Pluto have rough day at the beach.
"The Rubber Hunter"
Donald traveled to South America in order to obtain a particularly rare species of raw rubber for new tires for his car.
Donald discovers that a mischievous baby walrus has been stealing food from his cache. Chasing the little thief, he runs afoul of the walrus' giant father. When Donald tries to placate papa walrus with a fish, the baby walrus steals it.
A Christmas story, in which Mickey would have played Santa for the orphans.
Mickey inhales and enters a nightmare world where he is threatened by dental equipment.
Mickey is an amateur filmmaker in Hollywood, and Donald and Pluto set out to help him make films.
Mickey is a pilgrim setting out to hunt a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.
(Version 1:) Mickey and Donald go treasure hunting in the deep blue sea.(Version 2:) Mickey and Pluto go treasure hunting in the deep blue sea. This version of the film's plot came about when the Mickey and Donald story failed to materialize.
An attempt to bring back Bobo the Elephant from "Mickey's Elephant". Mickey is a servant, where he and Pluto clean Minnie Mouse's garden.
Mickey goes to the racetrack, where he encounters a horse with hay fever.
"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"
Mickey plays Captain Nemo in an undersea adventure.
Mickey discovers that a mischievous baby walrus has been stealing food from his cache. Chasing the little thief, he runs afoul of the walrus' giant father. When Mickey tries to placate papa walrus with a fish, the baby walrus steals it.
"Pluto's Robot Twin"
Mickey builds a robot dog to keep Pluto company, but the robot goes out of control. Pluto has to fight the robot to regain control of the household.
This proposed feature was about a fictitious island of great auks that exists off the northern coast of Europe. The story begins when a wayward Christian missionary monk accidentally lands on the island and sees the great auks as a sort of Greek pre-Christian pagan society. Partially blind, he mistakes the animals for people and baptizes them.
Donald and Pluto go hunting for beavers, but the wily rodents foil them, even though Donald disguises himself as a tree and uses ingenious weapons, such as a rifle that fires a plumber's helper.
Bobo becomes Donald's pet.
"Donald's Outboard Motor"
Donald has trouble with a boat motor. The plot was considered too thin, as it was one of two cartoons to be merged into the released cartoon "Put-Put Troubles".
"Donald's Stratosphere Flight"
Donald has problems repairing and launching his hot air balloon.
Donald camps outside a spooky castle but, when a strong wind blows his tent up into the air, Donald lands inside.
"Museum Keeper" "Old Masters" "Donald and the Old Masters"
Donald is a museum keeper guarding a priceless collection of paintings. Some of the "paintings" in this unmade short feature Donald in various classic artworks.
(Version 1:) Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are tree surgeons. (Version 2:) Donald and Goofy are tree surgeons. Goofy asks for his doctor's tools as he bandages an unseen "patient" ... really a tree. Donald and Goof struggle to dope trees with laughing gas while various forest animals fight back. Eventually, Donald and Goofy inhale the laughing gas themselves, leading to a dizzy ballet around the woods and a bad fall for Donald into some poison ivy. Donald needs the next round of Goofy's bandages.
Mickey, Minnie, Horace, and Clarabelle participate in a balloon race against Black Pete.
"The Band Concert"
a remake of an earlier short of the same name.
a remake of "On Ice".
"Mickey's Man Friday"
a remake of an earlier short of the same name.
"Mickey's Revival Party"
An umbrella name for a project to revisit and remake several older Disney shorts.
Mickey becomes master of a magic lamp. The genie of the lamp continually shocks Mickey and his friends in the real world.
"Morgan's Ghost" "Pieces of Eight" "Three Buccaneers"
Mickey, Donald, and Goofy find a treasure map and try to follow it to the end, while at the same time trying to evade Pete. At one point, story was considered for upgrading to a feature film project. Elements of this unmade project were saved for a Donald Duck comic book story in which Donald finds pirate gold.
Mickey, Donald, and Goofy as artisans attempting to carve out their own version of Mount Rushmor].
"Pluto and the Springs"
Pluto has trouble with a worm at the springs. The plot was considered too thin, as it was one of two cartoons to be merged into the released cartoon "Put-Put Troubles".
"Pluto's Pal Bobo"
Pluto and Bobo are rivals for Mickey's attention, which is focused on a howdah that he built.
"The Flying Mouse"
a remake of an earlier short of the same name.
"Grasshopper and the Ants"
a remake of an earlier short of the same name.
a remake of an earlier short of the same name.
a remake of an earlier short of the same name.
Abdul Abulbul Amir
The story of two valiant heroes, a Russian, Ivan Skavinsky Skavar, and one of the Shah's mamelukes, Abdul Abulbul Amir, who, because of their pride, end up in a fight and kill each other.
The nonsense world of Lewis Carroll is brought to life in this short.
A second attempt to produce an animated film adaptation based on the novel of the same name written by Lewis Carroll. Due the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney revived their interest in the project. Cliff Edwards was attached to voice the Anthropomorphic "Drink Me" Bottle. A script and some storyboards were made by David Hall, as well as a Leica reel, but the project never materialized due to World War II. Twelve years later, a film based on the novel was released by Disney. Also, the live-action remake contains some elements of the scrapped film.
Donald is a traveling salesman who cons bartender Pete into buying a phony pearl, then becomes the victim of Pete's energetic revenge. The tables are turned when Pete accidentally knocks down a pillar supporting the second story of his saloon and must hold up a heavy safe to keep from being crushed.
"Men in Uniform"
Mickey is a milkman who is foiled by a small kitten.
Short or feature film
Hootsie the Owl Wise Little Owl
A proposed short or feature about a misfit owl who sleeps at night and is awake during the day because he hatched during the day. He is a constant embarrassment to his parents and he does not have any friends.
Penelope and the Twelve Months
A proposed short film featuring a young girl who travels through time with the aid of a magic grandfather clock.
Donald is a tree surgeon. The plot is very similar to the earlier "Tree Surgeon".
Donald & Goofy
Donald and Goofy work in construction for Pete.
Donald enters a contest for the best wax sculpture, but his nephews sabotage his statue with a blow torch.
Health for America
"Public Enemy No. 1"
Donald is a tree surgeon in a plot similar to the earlier "Tree Surgeon". An unproduced Health for America educational short about how flies spread disease. The plot of this film is very similar to "The Winged Scourge".
Mickey tries to help Minnie escape her stern Uncle Mortimer's house so he can get her to a quickie wedding chapel.
A rooster believes his crowing makes the sun rise.
A man named Alonso Quixano (or Quijano), a retired country gentleman nearing 50 years old, lives in an unnamed section of La Mancha with his niece and a housekeeper. He has become obsessed with books of chivalry, and believes their every word to be true, despite the fact that many of the events in them are clearly impossible. Quixano eventually appears to other people to have lost his mind from little sleep and food, and so much reading. He decides to become a knight-errant, and with his fat, food-loving, squire Sancho Panza, sets out on an hilarious misadventure.
The Hound of Florence Inspector Bones
Based on novel by Felix Salten (who was also the author of Bambi, a Life in the Woods) about a detective who turns into a dog. The dog detective in "Inspector Bones" was a direct parody of Basil Rathbone's role in the Sherlock Holmes films, which were very popular in the 1940s. Inspector Bones and Dr. Beagle are pitted against either Professor Mongrel ("The Mad Dog of London") or Sir Cyril Sealyham. The story features many Tex Avery-style self-referential jokes, and many who see them now think the project was an odd one for Disney of the early 1940s. After almost 20 years of working on the film, it was released as the live action comedy The Shaggy Dog.
While cleaning an armored tank, Donald accidentally explodes some grenades near his sergeant, Black Pete. To escape Pete's wrath, he takes off in the tank, crashing through the officer's mess and separating a general from his T-bone steak. Donald's problems are compounded when an experimental television monitor inside the tank is activated, and he confuses its telecast for scenes of the passing terrain. Straying across the French line, he spoils a surprise attack on Adolf Hitler's Panzer division.
A continuation of Donald's wartime exploits has him trying to intercept a Japanese troop carrier.
On a mission to deliver secret plans to the war office, private Donald Duck is waylaid by the notorious foreign spy Madame XX. She steals the plans and escapes in a motorboat, but Donald is right behind her, his foot tangled in a rope attached to the boat's stern. An admiral (looking suspiciously like the later Junior Woodchuck troop commander) makes a brief appearance.
"A Brazilian Symphony: Caxanga"
Donald, José Carioca (the parrot from Saludos Amigos), and Goofy attempt to play "caxanga", or the Brazilian matchbox game; Donald is constantly driven to the point of madness in his attempt to master this complex, nerve-wracking game.
One proposed Private Snafu short was planned by Disney, but was turned down by Frank Capra when Disney demanded commercial rights to the character and a high production cost. It consisted mostly of gags where the worst soldier in the army constantly fouls things up.
Ajax the Stool Pigeon Roland XIII
Features a bird performing as a military carrier pigeon, despite having a fear of heights.
A proposed wartime short comparing American democracy with the society of Nazi Germany]through the trials of an immigrant family, the Joneses.
An unmade propaganda short with a Nazi lecturer extolling the virtues of the German way. This might be an alternate version of "Education for Death".
The Square World
This proposed wartime short satires the conformist society of Nazi Germany. This was considered to be extended into a feature film project at one point.
A sequel to the original Bambi film, dealing with Bambi's adult life.
(Version 1:) A feature film based on the novel by Roald Dahl of the same name about Gremlins that wreck airplanes. (Version 2:) A short film based on the novel by of the same name about Gremlins that wreck airplanes. The short was proposed after plans for a feature film adaptation fell apart. Warner Bros. released the Bugs Bunny short Falling Hare the same year using the same premise.
(Version 1:) Donald's heart is captured by a female parrot after his frustration over the South American game caxanga. (Version 2:) Donald and Goofy are introduced by Joe to the game of caxanga. Frustrated over the game, Donald throws a tantrum. The next night, he cannot get the game out of his head.
"Share and Share Alike"
Donald and his three nephews fight over an apple. Pencil tests for this proposed short still exist.
Donald Duck is a telephone and power linesman who has some trouble with the same woodpecker that once destroyed his camera.
Don Quixote: Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character for Large Orchestra
This proposed short is another take on the Don Quixote tale. This time, the Disney animators set it around Richard Strauss' tone poem.
Fiesta of the Flowers
Depicts the botanical action of the flowers on South America.
On the Trail
Ferde Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite is brought to life, set in the light and color of southern desert.
Carnival Surprise Package Cuban Carnival
A proposed third South of the Border Disney feature film. The segments would have included: "Brazilian Rhapsody", an extended version of what would later become "Blame it on the Samba", released as part of Melody Time in 1948; "The Laughing Gauchito" featuring the character first seen in "The Three Caballeros," who learns he has the ability to shatter glass with his laugh. He becomes a star, but his fame ends when his voice deepens as he becomes a man; "San Blas Boy" is about a boy named Chico and his dog Kiki, who are lost in a storm. "Cape Dance" was a surreal colourful fantasy; "Rancho in the Sky", and four others featuring Donald, Jose, and their teacher and love object, Aurora the Parrot.
The Little People
Another combination picture. This may have been one of the earliest attempts to merge animation and live action on screen in a feature film. Little is known about the plot.
Sonja Henie Fantasy
A proposed Fantasia short would have been either animated or a live action/animation mix featuring the famed ice skater.
Planned for release sometime in the late 1940s, it was to be a "combination film" (live action mixed with animation). It was eventually dropped because the cost involved would have been too high. At the time, there had been a slate of combination pictures with the box office, each being less than its predecessor.
Hiawatha was a follower of The Great Peacemaker, a prophet and spiritual leader, who proposed the unification of the Iroquois people. This proposed feature was considered to be taken in a similar direction as Fantasia: artistic but contradictory. It would feature a single story line.
Mickey produces a stage musical number with Hector the Bee. Complete animated demo reel exist.
"The Talking Dog"
Pluto gets roped into becoming a ventriloquist's dummy in a circus sideshow. When Mickey figures out that his dog is missing, he starts looking for him and finds him in the hands of Pete. Mickey battles Pete to get Pluto back. Some animation that was done on this short was dropped. It was animated for a pencil test.
This proposed feature film had the same basic plot as the 1940 take on the Don Quixote story, but the animation would have had a similar style as seen in UPA animated shorts and features of the time.
Donald works at Scrooge's Money Bin, operating a money-sorting machine that runs by power. When Donald is away at lunch, the radio announces a plague of rats is loose in the city. Scrooge closes and shutters all of his windows and bolts the door. He sits down terrified to eat his cheese sandwich but, before he can begin, he is besieged by a determined rat who has smelled the cheese from afar. The rat threatens to destroy a $10,000-dollar bill, if Scrooge doesn't order the most expensive cheese in the world.
This proposed film would have used paper cut-out animation to tell the traditional tale, but with a much finer and more delicate Asian style than that earlier short. At one point, Mickey Mouse was considered to be included in the plot.
This proposed feature was to be an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm's tale "Hansel and Gretel", involving a brother and a sister threatened by a cannibalistic witch living deep in the forest in a house constructed of cake and gingerbread.
The story about a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster, all past their prime years in life and usefulness on their respective farms, who are soon to be discarded or mistreated by their masters. One by one they leave their homes and set out together. They decide to go to Bremen, known for its freedom, to live without owners and become musicians.
Hootsie the Owl Wise Little Owl
This proposed feature about a misfit owl who sleeps at night and is awake during the day because he hatched during the day. He is an embarrassment to his parents and hasn't any friends. This is basically the same plot as the "Hootsie the Owl" short proposed in 1940, but with the addition of a snake character, similar to Kaa in The Jungle Book.
An adaptation of Paul Gallico's novel which centered on the barbary macaques of Gibraltar with its honorary leader named Scruffy, and the apes would be threatened by the Nazi Party's attempt to capture them from the British Empire during World War II. When the time had come to green-light the project, the studio leaders decided to approve The Rescuers for production.
Based on the book by Jay Williams, it was conceived as a live action/animated film about two schoolboys with different attributes who are transported to a strange planet whose black leader persuades them to help destroy a wolf that has been ravaging the land.
The story was to tell about a mile-long spaceship in its search for life on other planets.
An early version of what eventually became Fantasia 2000. Some segments of the planned film were to be titled "Finlandia", involving a fight between the Ice God and Sun Goddess; an African segment about a curious monkey and a Rain God, including many hippos, lions and elephants; "The Emperor's Nightingale", based on the Andersen story, which would have starred Mickey Mouse as the keeper of the nightingale; a southern jazz story titled "By the Bayou", which included many frogs, including caricatures of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong; a segment set in the Andes with a beautiful girl/bird; and a version of "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves", featuring tropical birds. It was cut due to financial issues in favor of The Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron.
Based on the book series by Ben Lucien Burman, it follows the journey of several animal residents in Catfish Bend. Following several treatments, it was never greenlit for production, and Disney dropped its option on the books.
Storyboard artists Steve Hulett and Pete Young developed the project with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and José Carioca as the Musketeers, but it fell into development hell.
Where the Wild Things Are
This was to be a film adaption of the children's picture book written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Animators Glen Keane and John Lasseter (who later moved on to Pixar) completed a test film blending traditionally animated characters with computer-generated settings, but the project proceeded no further. However, a live-action film adaption, distributed by Warner Bros. and directed by Spike Jonze was released twenty-six years later.
Before the release of The Black Cauldron, producer Joe Hale and his production team were working on an adaptation of the T.H. White novel. While Roy E. Disney supported the project, Jeffrey Katzenberg disliked it. Eventually, Hale and most of the team were fired, and the project languished.
The Little Broomstick
A few months after Mary Stewart's novel of the same name was published in 1971, Walt Disney Productions acquired the film rights. Then some years passed before Woolie Reitherman decided to turn it into an animated feature following The Fox and the Hound. But the Disney management wanted to try their hands on something more ambitous, and eventually went for The Black Cauldron instead. Later in 2017, the book was adapted into the Japanese animated film Mary and the Witch's Flower by Studio Ponoc as their first film.
The story found Mickey, Donald, and Goofy out of work, out of luck, and in need of a job. They enlist in the Navy and go to boot camp with Pete as their exasperated drill instructor. They meet their feminine counterparts—Minnie, Daisy and Clarabelle—who are all WAVES. After they put to sea, they encounter a submarine full of the Beagle Boys, who all speak a Russian-sounding gibberish. The entire film was storyboarded and recorded, and an animatic was created. Complete model sheets of all of the characters were printed, and layouts and some animation had begun before the project came to an abrupt halt.
The shelved proposed prequel to the 1988 Disney/Amblin film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The film, which previously went by the working title, Roger Rabbit Two: The Toon Platoon, was set in 1941 during the Second World War, and would have had Roger Rabbit and Baby Herman going on a journey through the perils of the war in search of Roger's birth parents in the Americas. It would have been a musical, direct-to-video release.
A feature film set around the odyssey of Odysseus.
Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are cast as the captains of the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, and Minnie stands in for Queen Isabella. The film's writers could not decide what to do about the Native Americans that Columbus would encounter in the New World.
Mickey's Arabian Nights
A featurette starring Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy, set around the entire One Thousand and One Nights anthology.
Sinbad the Sailor
This proposed feature film, itself based on the Arabian Nights tale of the same name, was scrapped after Aladdin was released.
Song of the Sea
It was described as "a story about whales".
The project was dropped when an agreement couldn't be reached with former Disney animator and animation director Richard Rich, who was developing The Swan Princess.
Silly Hillbillies on Mars
Based on the idea of feuding hillbillies from outer space, it was inspired by a Disney storyman who saw the title of a Disney short, "The Martins and The Coys", mistaking it for "The Martians and The Cows".
A fourth Roger Rabbit cartoon short based on Who Framed Roger Rabbit was planned for release in 1995, to coincide with the release of Toy Story, preceding that proposed feature film in the process. It was canceled after pre-production ended and before production could begin, and was replaced in the gap with a rerun of Rollercoaster Rabbit. This cartoon was supposed to be followed by three more Roger Rabbit shorts, also starring Baby Herman; Clean and Oppressed, Beach Blanket Bay and Bronco Bustin' Bunny.
Based on the book by Carol Hughes of a tale of a young girl who creates a fantasy world of goblins, fairies, sprites, and an evil Jack Frost. The film's production was canceled when Disney shut the film's animation production company Skellington Productions after the box-office failure of James and the Giant Peach.
Conceived as a direct-to-video project of four featurettes developed by Walt Disney Television Animation, it included Jack and the Beanstalk, Redux Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs, and a fourth cartoon that was never finalized. Jack and the Beanstalk was written by Peter Tolan and George Carlin was cast in an unspecified role, but it never went pass post-production. "Three Little Pigs" was written and directed by Frank Conniff and Darrell Rooney respectively, starred Harvey Fierstein as the wolf, and was completed but never released. Redux Riding Hood itself was nominated for Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 70th Academy Awards.
The story focused on the eponymous elephant who leaves India to try to make it in Hollywood, and ends up working in a used-car lot and falling in love. Veteran story artists Joe Grant and Burny Mattinson developed the first act through storyboards, but following a twenty-minute pitch meeting, the executives were reluctant to approve the pitch.
Loosely based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, the movie was to tell the story of an elephant who becomes a sensation on the New York club circuit. In the fall of 2000, Roy E. Disney watched a work-in-progress screening and was appalled by the film's adult humor that he immediately ordered production to be shut down.
Disney planned a proposed direct-to-video sequel to Dumbo. The plot was to follow Dumbo and his circus friends who navigate through a large city after being left behind by their traveling circus and trying to find their way home. It was also supposed to explain what happened to Dumbo's father. The trailer was included on the Dumbo: 60th Anniversary Edition DVD. In 2002, the project was placed on hold after Joe Grant found the computer-animated test footage for the film to be lackluster. In 2005, the project was placed back into production, but was cancelled by John Lasseter a year later after being named Creative Creative Officer. Also, a third Dumbo film was planned.
Disney planned a proposed direct-to-video sequel to Hercules. Hercules is now living in Athens with Megara and their daughter, Hebe. However, when an old friend named Helen is captured by the evil Paris of Troy, Hercules joins the united Greek army as they head out to war. However, this war will create revelations, and Hercules finds an old friend who eventually goes missing.
Based on the children's book by Georgess McHargue, the story follows a lonely girl seeking refuge from her parents who befriends a lonely gargoyle at the roof of her Manhattan brownstone. The gargoyle then transports her to Central Park where other gargoyles have convened with other children from troubled families.
The Frog Prince
A satirical adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, The Frog Prince. It was developed by Eric Goldberg and his wife, Sue, and it was pitched to then-Feature Animation president Thomas Schumacher who rejected it feeling a satirical animated feature would not be popular with audiences.
The project follows the story of a leopard in ancient Egypt who becomes a freedom fighter.
The Emperor and the Nightingale
Emperor Wu has a nightingale whose beautiful songs bring him much joy. One day, the emperor receives a mechanical bird that can sing and dance, and he devotes his attention to the toy bird. Neglected and ignored, the nightingale flies away. Some time passes and the mechanical bird breaks down. The emperor, never realizing the treasure he had in his nightingale, pines for the melodious songs of the nightingale. One day, the nightingale returns to the palace and the emperor promises to never neglect it again.
The Fool's Errand
The story is said to center on a court jester who goes on a mythical journey to return peace to his kingdom.
The cancelled direct-to-video sequel to the original film. In the sequel, Jim Hawkins and Kate, his love interest and classmate at the Royal Interstellar Academy, must team with Long John Silver to stop the villainous Ironbeard from freeing the inmates of Botany Bay Prison Asteroid. Willem Dafoe was set to voice Ironbeard. The sequel was canceled when Treasure Planet disappointed at the box office.
Produced at Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida, this proposed feature film was to be about two young lovers named Elgin Harper and Rose McGee. They are both from two rival families in Appalachia during the late 1940s. A group of mountain spirits inhabiting folk art dolls do what they can to bring the two of them together. Mixing traditional and computer-generated animation, it had already gone through a number of title changes, including A Few Good Ghosts, Angel and Her No Good Sister, Elgin's People, and Once in a Blue Moon, and was being directed by Barry Cook, the co-director of Mulan. Set to a bluegrass score, its voice cast included Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, Hal Holbrook, and Charles Durning. Due to creative reasons, production was ultimately shut down in late 2003, along with the Florida studio.
An adaptation of the Scottish fairy tale that Roger Allers had developed, but it was rejected after it was pitched to Michael Eisner, who was in a corporate struggle with Roy E. Disney, once he recognized the project as Disney's "baby". In May 2003, Sony Pictures Animation announced the project was being directed by Allers and Brenda Chapman, but one year later, he was later moved to co-direct SPA's first film Open Season.
The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book 3
Multiple story ideas were suggested such as Baloo and Shere Khan being captured and sold off to a Russian circus, and Mowgli, Shanti, Ranjan and Bagheera deciding to save them both. Over the course of the film, Shere Khan regrets his hatred against humanity because of his capture, and eventually reforms, but the project never materialized.
The Prince and the Pig
The project was described as a fairy tale centering on the grand adventure of a boy and his pig as they set off against all odds to try to steal the moon.
The Three Pigs
An adaptation based on David Wiesner's book The Three Pigs. In May 2002, it was reported that the book was optioned to Walt Disney Feature Animation, and its development was announced in December 2003 as a 2D/3D animated hybrid film.
The story begins where the famous Brothers Grimm fairy tale Rumplestiltskin leaves off. In Uncle Stiltskin, the fabled aspiring babynapper Rumplestiltskin again tries to fulfill his dream of being a father but, this time, he discovers the true meaning of family.
Based on the Which Witch? by Eva Ibbotson, the project tells of a fantasy adventure in which a magical wizard realizes that before he retires, he must find a wife. He holds a contest in which all the world's witches compete by performing their most outrageous spells. In October 2014, it was announced that the project is in development again at the Jim Henson Company with Billy Crystal serving as a writer, producer and star.
Based on the Clive Woodall novel of the same name, it is set in an imaginary kingdom of Birddom and follows the plight of a plucky robin tasked with saving the world from evil magpies. In 2004, Disney entered negotiations with Woodall to acquire the film rights in hopes of producing an animated adaptation.
Recess: The First Day of School
This would have been a direct-to-video film to be released in August 2004, the fourth direct-to-video film, and the fifth film in the Recess franchise. The plot revolved on T.J. and his gang (except Gus, who wouldn't have moved to town yet) adjusting to fourth grade, making it a prequel to the events of the series. It was scrapped shortly after Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade and Recess: All Growed Down were released at the end of 2003.
Based on the children's book by Paul Gallico, the story focused on a young boy who transforms into a cat.
Winnie the Pooh
Disney Learning Adventures
Originally, Disney was to release more Learning Adventures installments, such as Winnie the Pooh: Good Day Good Night and Winnie the Pooh: Time to Rhyme. However, plans to release both titles on DVD were ultimately scrapped for unknown reasons, and the original trailer for them can be found on several Disney DVDs and on YouTube.
This proposed feature film was to have chronicled the life of a frightened cat who had already lost three of his nine lives trapped in a Hitchcock-esque plot, and came under development by Ron Clements and John Musker. However, David Stainton, then-president of Walt Disney Feature Animation, refused to green-light the project.
Based on the novel of the same name, the project was developed under Joe Grant where Eisner and Stainton wanted the project to be set in contemporary New York, in which Grant contested. The project was later moved to 20th Century Fox and was released on June 17, 2011. It starred Jim Carrey and Carla Gugino in the lead roles and received mixed reviews from critics but was a box office success.
Winnie the Pooh
Untitled Winnie the Pooh film
Screenwriter Robert Reece wrote a treatment for a Winnie the Pooh feature film. It was to center on a dilemma for one of Pooh's friends, but it was never pitched.
In 2005, screenwriter Robert Reece pitched a fourth Aladdin feature to DisneyToon executives, although it never came to fruition.
This original version of the 2010 movie of the same name by Disney Circle 7 Animation was originally going to focus on the other toys shipping a malfunctioning Buzz to Taiwan, where he was built, believing that he will be fixed there. After he's gone, they find out the company has issued a massive recall. Fearing Buzz's destruction, a group of Andy's toys (Woody, Rex, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Hamm, Jessie, and Bullseye) venture out to rescue Buzz. At the same time, Buzz meets other toys from around the world that has been recalled, including several Transformers toys.
In 2005, Circle 7 Animation screenwriters Bob Hilgenberg and Rob Muir wrote a film treatment for a sequel of Monsters, Inc.. The film would have focused on Mike and Sulley visiting the human world to give Boo a birthday present, only to find that she had moved. After getting trapped in the human world, Mike and Sulley split up after disagreeing on what to do. However, it was cancelled following the defunction of Circle 7, but eight years later, a prequel was released by Pixar. In 2013.
In 2005, Disney was going to make a sequel to Finding Nemo without Pixar's involvement by the now-defunct Circle 7 Animation. After Disney bought Pixar in 2006, Circle 7 was shut down and its version of Finding Nemo 2 was scrapped. However, this was eventually released as Finding Dory by Pixar in 2016.
Also known as Fantasia III, this would have been the third film installment in the Fantasia series. Minnie, Pluto and Goofy were going to join in one of these unknown segments, until the plans were eventually dropped altogether, and proposed segments from that abandoned film were instead produced and released as individual stand-alone Disney animated shorts.
In 2002, a third Mulan film was announced to be in production. Like the first sequel, this proposed second sequel to Mulan would have ultimately gone direct-to-DVD, but the production was eventually canceled.
Following the acquisition of Pixar in March 2006, DisneyToon Studios president Sharon Morrill stepped down, and the animation studio units under the Walt Disney Company underwent corporate restructuring as the Pixar leadership assumed more control. Thus, most sequels, plus a prequel series, out of DisneyToon Studios were canceled.
The Aristocats II
The canceled direct-to-video sequel to the original 1970 film. The story was to have concerned Marie, Duchess's daughter, who becomes smitten by another kitten aboard a luxury cruise ship. However, she and her family must soon take on a jewel thief on the open seas.
Chicken Little: The Ugly Duckling Story
The proposed direct-to-DVD sequel to Chicken Little. The story would involve Chicken Little finding himself in the midst of a love triangle. On one side, is his childhood sweetheart, Abby “Ugly Duckling” Mallard. On the other side, is the very attractive newcomer, Raffaela, the French sheep. Abby’s at a tremendous disadvantage here, so she goes to great lengths to give herself a makeover. A portion of the makeover sequence is represented on my website, which shows Abby’s grand entrance at school with her new-found look.
At one point, Disney was developing a Lord of the Rings-like franchise series of direct-to-DVD films which would chronicle the adventures of the Seven Dwarfs before they met Snow White. The proposed project didn't go through, and the planned series was ultimately canceled. However, the concept was revived into a television series titled The 7D airing on Disney XD.
The proposed direct-to-video sequel to the original 1940 film. It would involve Pinocchio now a real boy and is going on a journey to learn more about life as it is.
This proposed project from Pixar would have concerned the exploits of two blue-footed newts, one male and one female, trying to find each other and bonding. They eventually found each other and prevented the extinction of their newt race. It was planned to be released in 2011, but it was delayed to 2012. In March 2014, in an interview, Pixar president Edwin Catmull stated that Newt was an idea that was not working in pre-production. When the project was passed to Pete Docter, the director of Up, he pitched an idea that Pixar thought was better, and that concept became Inside Out.
Based on the The King of the Elves by Philip K. Dick, it was originally directed by Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker, and scheduled for a Christmas 2012 release. However, the project was shelved in December 2009, Ultimately, Williams left the project in 2012 to work on Big Hero 6.
In a 2011 interview promoting the third entry in the series of Christmas specials, Naughty vs. Nice, creators Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton stated that there were plans for a fourth entry in the series, but that they could not reveal any more about the project. The project ultimately never made it to broadcast, and the two were instead assigned to a different Christmas short, Olaf's Frozen Adventure, in 2016; by this point, the two spoke of the series in the past tense.
Based on the English folk tale "Jack and the Beanstalk", the story was set in Spain, in which Jack befriends a female giant. The project would have been set for release on November 25, 2020, but it was cancelled in October 2017 during development due to creative difficulties.
In July 2017 at the D23 Expo, John Lasseter announced that the third film in the Planes series would explore aviation in outer space, and that it was being developed by DisneyToon Studios. The film had a release date of April 12, 2019. On March 1, 2018, it was suddenly removed from the release schedule. On June 28, 2018, it was announced that Disneytoon Studios would be shut down, as a result ending development on the movie.