List of unproduced Disney animated shorts and feature films
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"Mickey the Hillbilly"
|Pete the moonshiner mistakes Mickey for a revenue agent, and Minnie Mouse appears as a hillbilly girl.|
|Mickey Mouse||"Station Agent"||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.|
|Pluto||"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 Mouse||"Mickey's Vaudeville Show"||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.|
|Mickey Mouse||"The Sea Monster"
"Mickey's Sea Monster"
|Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are pitted against a comic sea serpent.|
|Silly Symphonies||"The Emperor's New Clothes"||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 Mouse||"Davy Jones' Locker"
|Mickey goes undersea treasure hunting.|
|Mickey Mouse||"The Deer Hunt"||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 Mouse||"Desert Prospectors"||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.|
|Mickey Mouse||"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.|
|Mickey Mouse||"The Love Nest"||Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are interior designers who set up a honeymoon cottage for Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow.|
|Mickey Mouse||"Mickey's Bakery"||Mickey, Donald, and Goofy bake an enormous cake for Mrs. Vandersnoot's reception.|
|Mickey Mouse||"Mickey's Sunken Treasure"||Mickey, Donald, and Goofy go treasure hunting and end up on a desert island.|
|Mickey Mouse||"Mickey's Treasure Hunt"||Mickey, Donald, and Goofy go treasure hunting on a shipwreck.|
|Mickey Mouse||"Navy Mickey" also known as "Mickey in the Navy"||Mickey joins the Navy, where he encounters a bulldog admiral.|
|Mickey Mouse||"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 Mouse||"Sunken Treasure"||Mickey, Donald, and Goofy go deep sea hunting.|
|Mickey Mouse||"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.|
|Silly Symphonies||"Snowbabies"||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.|
|Silly Symphonies||"Struebel Peter"
|A proposed Silly Symphony featuring Peter, an unruly boy who delights in tormenting animals. The animals, in the end, take their revenge.|
|Silly Symphonies||"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.|
|Silly Symphonies||"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.|
|Donald Duck||"Interior Decorators"||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 Duck||"Lumberjack Donald"||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 Duck||"Nightwatchman Donald"||Donald is a night watchman in a store, in which he has to deal with a playful monkey.|
|Mickey, Donald & Goofy||"Clock Tower"||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".|
|Mickey Mouse||"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||"The Janitors"||Mickey, Donald, and Goofy work in a store, cleaning it overnight.|
|Mickey Mouse or Mickey, Donald & Goofy||"Jungle Mickey"||(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||"The Legionaires"||Mickey, Donald, and Goofy join the French Foreign Legion.|
|Mickey Mouse||"Mickey's Follies"||(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||"Sargasso Sea"||Mickey Mouse visits Atlantis.|
|Silly Symphonies||"Japanese Symphony"||(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.
|Silly Symphonies||"Minnehaha"||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.|
|Feature film||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 Duck||"The Delivery Boy"||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 Duck||"Donald Munchausen"||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 Duck||"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 Duck||"Lost Prospectors"||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.|
|Donald Duck||"Mickey's Beach Picnic"||Mickey, Goofy, and Pluto have rough day at the beach.|
|Donald Duck||"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 Duck||"Yukon Donald"||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.|
|Mickey Mouse||"Mickey's Nephews"||A Christmas story, in which Mickey would have played Santa for the orphans.|
|Mickey Mouse||"Mickey's Toothache"||Mickey inhales laughing gas and enters a nightmare world where he is threatened by dental equipment.|
|Mickey Mouse||"Movie Makers"||Mickey is an amateur filmmaker in Hollywood, and Donald and Pluto set out to help him make films.|
|Mickey Mouse||"Pilgrim Mickey"||Mickey is a pilgrim setting out to hunt a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.|
|Mickey Mouse||"The Salvagers"||(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.
|Mickey Mouse||"Spring Cleaning"||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 Mouse||"Tanglefoot"||Mickey goes to the racetrack, where he encounters a horse with Allergic rhinitis.|
|Mickey Mouse||"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"||Mickey plays Captain Nemo in an undersea adventure.|
|Mickey Mouse||"Yukon Mickey"||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||"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.|
|Silly Symphony||"Snow White Returns"||A sequel to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).|
|Feature film||Penguin Island||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 Duck||"The Beaver Hunters"||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.|
|Donald Duck||"Donald's Elephant"||Bobo becomes Donald's pet.|
|Donald Duck||"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 Duck||"Donald's Stratosphere Flight"||Donald has problems repairing and launching his hot air balloon.|
|Donald Duck||"Haunted Castle"||Donald camps outside a spooky castle but, when a strong wind blows his tent up into the air, Donald lands inside.|
|Donald Duck||"Museum Keeper"
"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.|
|Donald Duck||"Tree Surgeon"||(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 Mouse||"Balloon Race"||Mickey, Minnie, Horace, and Clarabelle participate in a balloon race against Black Pete.|
|Mickey Mouse||"The Band Concert"||a remake of an earlier short of the same name.|
|Mickey Mouse||"Ice Antics"||a remake of "On Ice".|
|Mickey Mouse||"Mickey's Man Friday"||a remake of an earlier short of the same name.|
|Mickey Mouse||"Mickey's Revival Party"||An umbrella name for a project to revisit and remake several older Disney shorts.|
|Mickey Mouse||"Miracle Master"||Mickey becomes master of a magic lamp. The genie of the lamp continually shocks Mickey and his friends in the real world.|
|Mickey Mouse||"Morgan's Ghost"
"Pieces of Eight"
|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 Mouse||"Mountain Carvers"||Mickey, Donald, and Goofy as artisans attempting to carve out their own version of Mount Rushmore.|
|Pluto||"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||"Pluto's Pal Bobo"||Pluto and Bobo are rivals for Mickey's attention, which is focused on a howdah that he built.|
|Silly Symphonies||"The Flying Mouse"||a remake of an earlier short of the same name.|
|Silly Symphonies||"Grasshopper and the Ants"||a remake of an earlier short of the same name.|
|Silly Symphonies||"Lullaby Land"||a remake of an earlier short of the same name.|
|Silly Symphonies||"Santa's Workshop"||a remake of an earlier short of the same name.|
|(n/a)||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.|
|(n/a)||Jabberwocky||The nonsense world of Lewis Carroll is brought to life in this short.|
|Feature film||The Wizard of Oz||Originally Walt Disney's follow-up to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but the film rights were lost to Samuel Goldwyn, who originally intended to make it as a standard musical comedy, with Eddie Cantor as his star. However, Goldwyn ended up selling the rights to MGM in 1937.|
|Donald Duck||"Traveling Salesman Donald"||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.|
|Mickey Mouse||"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.|
|Short film||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 Duck||"Calling Dr. Duck"||Donald is a tree surgeon. The plot is very similar to the earlier "Tree Surgeon".|
|Donald & Goofy||"Ditch Diggers"||Donald and Goofy work in construction for Pete.|
|Donald Duck||"Sculptor Donald"||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 Mouse||"Mickey's Elopement"||Mickey tries to help Minnie escape her stern Uncle Mortimer's house so he can get her to a quickie wedding chapel.|
|Feature film||Chanticleer||A rooster believes his crowing makes the sun rise.|
|Feature film||Don Quixote||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.|
|Feature film||The Hound of Florence
|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.|
|Donald Duck||"Donald's Tank"||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.|
|Donald Duck||"Guerilla Duck"||A continuation of Donald's wartime exploits has him trying to intercept a Japanese troop carrier.|
|Donald Duck||"Madame XX"||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.|
|"Donald Duck"||"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.|
|Goofy||"How to Be a Cowboy"||A projected "how-to' short featuring Goofy as the chief cowboy on a dude ranch.|
|Wartime||"Army Psycho-Therapy"||An unproduced army training film dealing with stress, the adrenal glands, and the importance of discipline.|
|(n/a)||The Blue Orchid||Based on Venezuelan folklore about animals and spirits in the jungle who repel their vision of man.|
|(n/a)||Chichicastenango||A surreal visual tour of Chichicastenango.|
|(n/a)||A House Divided||A proposed wartime short about rationing, pitting the Big Bad Wolf as a black marketeer against the Three Little Pigs, who have to be taught not to waste resources.|
|(n/a)||The Lady with the Rad Pomom||A Tauchan Bird encounters an Aracuan Bird, and they fight over the lady with the Rad Pomom.|
|(n/a)||Lima Story||Adventurous Lima finds himself in the South American Lake Titicaca. Elements of this story ended up in "Saludos Amigos".|
|(n/a)||Lumberjack Goofy||Goofy chops down a tree that fails on him, and he gets stuck on the band of the power saw.|
|(n/a)||The Near-Sighted Overbird||The hero of the story is nearsighted, which continuously causes him trouble. He mistakes a wineskin for his home.|
|Feature film||The Ostrich Who Laid the Golden Egg||In a tale told by the Ostrich People of Prax when asked "Where did you come from?", there seems to be nothing conclusive about the tale.|
|Goofy||"Army Story"||In the Army, Goofy becomes romantically involved with a pretty WAC.|
|Goofy||"How to Be a Commando"||A proposed Goofy World War II short wherein Goofy dreams of going up against Adolf Hitler and goes through commando training camps to achieve his goal.|
|Mickey Mouse||"Chicken Little"||The sky is falling on Donald, Goofy and Mickey. This story was supposed to be either a featurette or short. It also starred Jiminy Cricket and Daisy.|
|Pluto||"The Good Samaritan"||Pluto rescues a cute little puppy from the snow, who subsequently begins to tear the house apart, and Pluto has to rescue him again.|
|Private Snafu||"Snafu"||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.|
|(n/a)||Ajax the Stool Pigeon
|Features a bird performing as a military carrier pigeon, despite having a fear of heights.|
|(n/a)||Democracy||A proposed wartime short comparing American democracy with the society of Nazi Germany through the trials of an immigrant family, the Joneses.|
|(n/a)||Melting Pot||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".|
|(n/a)||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.|
|Feature film||Bambi's Children||A sequel to the original Bambi film, dealing with Bambi's adult life.|
|Feature film||The Gremlins||(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 Roald Dahl of the same name about Gremlins that wreck airplanes. The short was proposed after plans for a feature film adaptation fell apart.
|Feature film||The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen||The film was meant to be a co-production with Samuel Goldwyn, who also wanted to make a film about Andersen's life. It was decided at some point that part of the film would be shot in live action, with animated segments depicting some of Andersen's tales. These included The Emperor's New Clothes, The Emperor's Nightingale, Through the Picture Frame, The Little Fir-Tree, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, and The Little Mermaid.|
|Donald Duck||"La Loca Mariposa"||Donald is a butterfly collector visiting the country of Venezuela.|
|Mickey Mouse||"Intros and Outros"||Mickey presents the CIAA Health for America series.
Note: These intros would have gone by the name of the actual CIAA films.
|Pluto||"Pluto and the Anteater"||Pluto encounters an aardvark in South America in a very strange manner.|
|Feature film||Chanticleer and Reynard||The stories of Chanticleer the rooster and Reynard the fox are featured in the same film after plans fail in each of the earlier attempts to bring them separately to the screen.|
|Donald Duck||"Caxanga"||(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.
|Donald Duck||"Share and Share Alike"||Donald and his three nephews fight over an apple. Pencil tests for this proposed short still exist.|
|Donald Duck||"Trouble Shooters"||Donald Duck is a telephone and power linesman who has some trouble with the same woodpecker that once destroyed his camera.|
|(n/a)||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.|
|(n/a)||Fiesta of the Flowers||Depicts the botanical action of the flowers on South America.|
|(n/a)||On the Trail||Ferde Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite is brought to life, set in the light and color of southern desert.|
|A proposed third South of the Border[disambiguation needed] 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.|
|Feature film||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.|
|Feature film||Sonja Heine Fantasy||A proposed Fantasia short would have been either animated or a live action/animation mix featuring the famed ice skater.|
|Donald Duck||"Cowpoke Donald"||Donald sets out to capture the roughest, toughest steer in the whole state of Texas.|
|Goofy||"How to Train a Dog"||Goofy tries to teach Pluto some new tricks.|
|Goofy||"Old Geronimo"||Goofy sets out to capture the roughest, toughest steer in the whole state of Texas.|
|Mickey Mouse||"Mickey and Claudius the Bee"||Mickey is shrunk to the size of a bee and is given a tour of the hive by Claudius.|
|(n/a)||Faces of Trees
Trees with Faces
|A one-shot animated short that was supposed to be about the life of Native Americans, featuring animated bits about the raven's mischief.|
Note: Fun and Fancy Free, released in 1947, was originally planned to be two separate feature films.
|Pluto||"Pluto's White Elephant"||Pluto encounters Bobo in the last attempt to bring Bobo back onto the screen. Little is known about the plot.|
|Pluto||"Scrambled Eggs"||Pluto encounters the Ugly Duckling. This story was dropped from production for unknown reasons.|
|Feature film||Currier and Ives||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.|
|Feature film||Hiawatha||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.|
Note: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, released in 1949, was originally planned to be two separate feature films.
|Mickey Mouse||"Plight of the Bumble Bee"||Mickey produces a stage musical number with Claudius the Bee. Complete animated demo reel exist.|
|Mickey Mouse||"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.|
|Feature film||Don Quixote||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 Duck||"Money-sorting Machine"
|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.|
Pretty Red Wing
|A planned satire of the classic Western film stereotypes about an Indian girl and a white trapper.|
|Short film||Barefoot Boy||This proposed short film was to be an adaptation of the John Greenleaf Whittier poem set in Norman Rockwell's "Never Land."|
|Feature film||The Emperor's Nightingale||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.|
|Feature film||Goldilocks and the Three Bears||This proposed feature was to be an adaptation of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears", involving a little girl who breaks into the bears' house.|
|Feature film||Little Red Riding Hood||This proposed feature was to be an adaptation of the Charles Perrault's tale "Little Red Riding Hood", involving a little girl who tries to travel to her grandmother, but she is pursued by a wolf.|
|Feature film||Hansel and Gretel||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.|
|Feature film||The Bremen Town Musicians||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.|
|Feature film||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.|
- Scruffy - An adaptation of Paul Gallico's novel which centered around 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.
- The Hero from Otherwhere - 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.
- Spacecraft One - The story was to tell about a mile-long spaceship in its search for life on other planets.
- Musicana - 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.
- Catfish Bend - 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.
- Where the Wild Things Are - 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.
- Army Ants - Disney considered producing an animated feature film that centered around a pacifist ant living in a militaristic colony. However, the idea never fully materialized. This idea, however, was reincarnated into DreamWorks' Antz and Pixar's A Bug's Life.
- Untitled Winnie the Pooh film - When one of her novels came to the attention of a Disney executive, Linda Woolverton was hired to work on several animated projects including one involving Winnie the Pooh, though it was later shelved once The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh aired.
- Swabbies - 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.
- Who Discovered Roger Rabbit - 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.
- DuckTales (film series) - Originally, Disney had planned an entirely further line of theatrical DuckTales feature films to follow on DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, but the plans were quickly shelved in the process, just right after the box office failure of that proposed first film in the would-be series.
- Goofy of the Apes
- Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers: The Movie - The proposed feature film spin-off of the television series, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers. It was scrapped in the midst of the box office failure of DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp. In 2014, the project was revived as a live action feature.
- Homer's Odyssey - A feature film set around the odyssey of Homer.
- Mickey Columbus - 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 feature film 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".
- Swan Lake - Later retooled into The Swan Princess by former Disney animator and animation director Richard Rich, who had been working on and proposed a pitch to Disney about the film.
- 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".
- Hare in My Soup - 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.
- Toots and the Upside Down House - A tale of a young girl who creates a fantasy world of goblins, fairies, sprites, and an evil Jack Frost.
- Aida - Verdi's opera Aida tells the story of the fatal love affair between the Egyptian war hero Radames and the captured slave girl Aida. Jarrod Emick, who won a Tony for Damn Yankees, would play Radames. The title character Aida was offered to Audra McDonald, who was doing Master Class and won a Tony for Carousel.
- Where is Roger Rabbit? - A sequel to the original Roger Rabbit film, planned as either direct-to-video or a theatrical feature film sequel.
- Totally Twisted Fairy Tales - 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.
- Wild Life - 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.
- Atlantis II: Shards of Chaos - The original proposed direct-to-video sequel to Atlantis: The Lost Empire, it ultimately became Atlantis: Milo's Return, just two years after the film was scrapped, along with plans for a television series spin-off of Atlantis.
- Don Quixote - Another attempt to adapt the novel that was under development by Paul and Gaëtan Brizzi who aimed for a more adult take, but the project was never approved.
- Dumbo II - Disney planned a proposed direct-to-video sequel to Dumbo. It was aborted before it began production, and the development of the film was revived. However, the trailer is included on the Dumbo: 60th Anniversary Edition DVD.
- Hercules II - 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.
- Stoneflight - 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.
- Antonius - 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 Search for Mickey Mouse - In honor of Mickey Mouse's 75th anniversary, the project was about Mickey who gets kidnapped by unknown forces, forcing Minnie Mouse to enlist Basil of Baker Street to investigate his disappearance, and later encounters one character from Disney's animated film canon such as Alice, Peter Pan, Robin Hood, and Aladdin. However, the project suffered script problems with the multiple cameos being thought to be too gimmicky. The project was later replaced by Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers.
- Treasure Planet II - The cancelled direct-to-video sequel to the original film. Treasure Planet: The Animated Series was supposed to follow the sequel.
- My Peoples - 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.
- Tam Lin - 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 Open Season.
- 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.
- Uncle Stiltskin - 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.
- Which Witch? - Based on the children's novel of the same name 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.
- One for Sorrow, Two for Joy - 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.
- Untitled Winnie the Pooh film - Screenwriter Robert Reece wrote a treatment for a Winnie the Pooh feature film. It was to center around a dilemma for one of Pooh's friends, but it was never pitched.
- Fraidy Cat - 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.
- Disney Learning Adventures (series) - Originally, Disney was to release more Learning Adventures installments by starting with Winnie the Pooh: Good Day Good Night and Winnie the Pooh: Time to Rhyme. However, the two DVDs were later cancelled for reasons unknown, and the original trailer for them can be shown on YouTube.
- Fantasia 2006 - Also known as Fantasia III, this would have been the third film installment in the Fantasia series, even 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.
- Mulan III - 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.
- Meet the Robinsons: First Date - The canceled direct-to-DVD sequel to Meet the Robinsons.
- The Seven Dwarfs - 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.
- Pinocchio II - The proposed direct-to-video sequel to the original 1940 film.
- Disney Princess Enchanted Tales (film series) - Initially, after the release of the film Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams, there was to be an entire series of Enchanted Tales film installments.
- Jack and the Beanstalk - An adaptation of the British fairy tale. In August 2013, it is back in the works at Disney under the name Giants with a new plot, loosely based on the fairy tale.
- Newt - The first canceled proposed project from Disney/Pixar. It 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. When Disney heard of another animated film with a similar concept being released soon, they canceled the film.
- King of the Elves - Based on the short story by Phillip 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, though it returned development in 2011.
- Mort - This proposed traditionally animated film would have been based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel of the same name. It would have been directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, the directors of the 2009 film The Princess and the Frog. Unfortunately, Disney could not afford the rights to the film, so it was scrapped.
- Phineas and Ferb (feature film) - The film would have been released 26 July 2013, but it was delayed to 2014. By August 2013, it was removed from the release schedule, but series co-creator Swampy Marsh confirmed via Twitter that the movie was just put on hold.
- Untitled Mickey Mouse film - Disney story veteran Burny Mattinson revealed in one interview that he was developing a "Mickey, Donald, Goofy feature film idea," but he has yet to pitch the idea.
- Yellow Submarine (remake) - (See the cancelled remake of Yellow Submarine).
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