Disney Shelves Jack and the Beanstalk Animated Film Gigantic

Carla Harmon
October 12, 2017

An original tale inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk, the film was originally set to release in November 2018, but a delay until 2020 signalled the difficulty Disney was having getting the project off the ground.

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". Who knows, maybe very big 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. Huge had Frozen's songwriters on board to pen original tunes for the movie, while Inside Out co-writer Meg LeFauve and Tangled director Nathan Greno were co-directing it.


Ever since the release of Tangled, it seems that Walt Disney Animation has found a new Renaissance what with the successful releases of films like Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Zootopia, and Moana.

Animation is a long process and part of what makes Disney and Pixar special is their focus on storytelling.


Apparently the studio got to the point where the creative process has hit a wall and they are "ending active development for now". Next up, Disney Animation has Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, which is slated to hit theaters on November 21, 2018, and Frozen 2 set for November 27, 2019. The film was originally set to be released in 2020 and would have featured Jack making friends with a female giant child. Disney and Pixar have had previous projects that went nowhere including King of the Elves and Newt. Details surrounding the new project are sparse for the time being; however, according to Catmull, it has been in development for some time and we can expect news "soon".

Though Gigantic is dormant for now, it doesn't necessarily meant that the film won't come back to life.


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