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While Disney (and Pixar) are known for making wonderful animated movies for children of all ages, sometimes they work on movies that don’t get made, even if they spend years trying to develop new ideas. Here are 12 Disney movies that were never finished.
1. The Rainbow Road To Oz. Walt Disney tried to buy the film rights for The Wizard of Oz since the 1930s, but with no luck. MGM acquired the rights, while Disney managed to buy the rights for 10 of the 11 books in L. Frank Baum’s Oz children’s book series. The Rainbow Road to Oz was originally going to be a live-action version of the story, but the film went unproduced and unmade.
2. Where The Wild Things Are. While Spike Jonze made a live-action adaptation of Where The Wild Things Are in 2009, Disney was trying to make an animated version since the early 2000s. While an feature film was never made, Disney produced a 30-second test reel.
3. Monsters, Inc. 2: Lost in Scaradise. If Disney wanted to make a sequel to a Pixar movie, they could do so without the help or ok from Pixar. The Disney-ran studio was called Circle 7 and a sequel to Monsters, Inc. was quickly in the works. Titled Monsters, Inc. 2: Lost in Scaradise, it would followed Mike and Sulley returning to the human world, but finding that Boo moved away. The film would’ve followed them trying to find her. The film was never made because Circle 7 closed after Disney officially acquired Pixar in 2006.
4. Louis the Bear. Disney was going to release an animated movie featuring the voice talent of Louis Prima, who voiced King Louie in The Jungle Book. It would’ve been called Louis The Bear centered on a bear escaping from a zoo with the help of two mice. Unfortunately, Walt Disney died and Prima was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Disney re-purposed the story for The Rescuers.
5. Chanticleer. It was based on “Cyrano de Bergerac,” but with barnyard chickens and roosters. Disney scrapped the idea when Don Bluth released Rock-A-Doodle in 1991.
6. Newt. In 2008, Disney and Pixar developed a story about the last two blue-footed newts (a male and a female) coming together to save the species. Disney scrapped the project when 20th Century Fox was scheduled to release Rio at the same time.
7. A Few Good Ghosts. It was re-titled My Peoples and centered on a team of folk art characters coming alive. Disney nixed the project after Chicken Little was a box office bomb in 2003.
8. The Gremlins. It was based on Roald Dahl’s book of the same name, but Disney scrapped the project after it stalled in development when two screenplays were produced.
9. Yellow Submarine. Robert Zemeckis would’ve remade The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine for Disney, but Mars Need Moms, a movie he produced, bombed terribly in 2011. Disney dropped the project as a result.
10. A Tin Toy Christmas. After Pixar gained some recognition in the late 80s, the studio almost produced a Christmas TV special called A Tin Toy Christmas. The project ran out of money and the film went unproduced.
11. George and A.J. It would’ve been a spinoff of Pixar’s Up, but it was unfinished. The film followed two Shady Oaks Retirement Village employees after Up’s Carl Fredricksen went missing.
12. The Prince and the Pig. The movie would’ve been about a boy and his pet pig on a journey to steal the moon. It would’ve been released in 2003, but Disney scrapped the project due to a lack of interest from the general movie-going public.