I’d been pretty excited about Gigantic since Disney announced it on their release slate. It would have been the next in the currently sterling line of Disney animated features, and had the age-old Disney trick of adapting a fairy tale — Jack and the Beanstalk. With Tangled director Nathan Greno and Inside Out co-writer Meg LeFauve on board to co-direct the movie would have Frozen‘s songwriters putting the music together. None of that is true now, however, as Disney has scrapped the moving citing an inability to pull it all together.
Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios president Ed Catmull told THR:
“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.”
No one has any clue what the other project is so hopefully that will be a fun surprise down the road, but this isn’t something that Disney does all that often publicly. Usually when a film is announced by them we’ll see it, especially a major animation by the studio. We’ll have to wait and see what we get instead.