Scrapped Disney Animations (2010s)

Sometimes, despite an initial creative vision or promising team, Disney movies get shelved indefinitely or scrapped altogether. Despite the studio’s consistent releases, especially since the 90s, you might be surprised to learn Disney has quite a few projects left behind.

Here’s a look back at all of the projects that have either been put on permanent hiatus or cancelled during the 2010s. In the future, it’s always possible one of these will end up in theaters!

Note: the dates listed next to each title are the dates of project cancellations. 

  • Newt (2010) – This original Pixar story followed the adventures of two blue-footed newts. Disney eventually scrapped the project after growing concerned about competition from Blue Sky Studios’ Rio.
  • Mort (2011) – Based on the novel of the same name by Terry Pratchett. Unlike many other films on this list, the cancellation came because Disney couldn’t afford the rights, not because of creative conflicts or production delays.
  • Yellow Submarine  (2011) – This film would have been a Disney remake of the 1968 Beatles project. After the box office bomb of Mars Needs Moms, Disney bailed on the project, and its developer attempted to find a new studio before giving up on the film altogether.
  • King of the Elves (2012) – Based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick. The film began development in the mid-2000s, before being paused in 2009. Production picked up again in 2011 with a new director, but once again stopped in 2012.
  • Gigantic (2017) – A story based on Jack and the Beanstalk, set in Spain. The project had an initial release slated for 2020, but has been cancelled as of 2017.

This list does not include sequels or remakes of previous Disney films. For an even more comprehensive list, including animated short films, check out the Wikipedia page here.

Stay tuned for further editions with earlier decades!


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