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This is a list of unmade and unreleased animated shorts and features by The Walt Disney Company. Some of these films were, or still are, in development hell. Some films, such as Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Fun and Fancy Free, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Fantasia 2000, Destino, Lorenzo, and Tangled were unreleased at some point.

1930s

1934

Series Title Description
Mickey Mouse Hillbilly
Mickey the Hillbilly
Hillbilly Mickey
Pete the moonshiner mistakes Mickey for a revenue agent, and Minnie Mouse also appear as a hillbilly girl.
Mickey Mouse Station Agent
Mickey is working at Train Station were he encounters trouble some Kangaroo. During the develop of cartoon Kangaroo was dropped in favor of Ostrich, at one time Mickey was supposed to help Donald with the Ostrich before being removed from the plot all together 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 staring Donald Duck was renamed Donald's Ostrich, which was released in 1937.
Pluto The Good SamaritanPluto rescues a baby puppy that wrecks the house of Black mistress. A short with this plot was made for House of Mouse.

1935

Series Title Description
Mickey Mouse The Sea Monster
Mickey's Sea Monster
This film would have pitted Mickey, Donald and Goofy against a comic sea serpent.
Mickey Mouse Mickey's Vaudeville Show Mickey's a magician and has a hat Donald and Pluto his helper. Donald is frustrated and wants to expose Mickey's act. The magic act is soon followed 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 to thick for standard short as it became Mickey's Magic Hat during the development of the former short Donald was downgraded from being Mickey's helper to frustrated spectator role and Pluto 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.
Silly Symphony The Emperor's New ClothesA proposed Silly Symphony based on Hans Christian Andersen's story about two weavers who promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes that are invisible to those unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent.

1936

Series Title Description
Mickey Mouse Mickey's Bakery Mickey, Donald and Goofy baking an enormous cake for Mrs. Vandersnoot's reception.
Mickey Mouse Sunken Treasure Mickey, Donald and Goofy go deep sea hunting.
Mickey Mouse Davy Jones' Locker
Pearl Divers
Mickey goes undersea treasure hunting.
Mickey Mouse Mickey's Treasure Hunt Mickey, Donald and Goofy go treasure hunting on a shipwreck.
Mickey Mouse Mickey's Sunken Treasure Mickey, Donald and Goofy go treasure hunting and end up on a desert island.
Mickey Mouse Navy Mickey also known as Mickey in the Navy Mickey joins the Navy, there he encounters a bulldog admiral.
Mickey Mouse The Love Nest Mickey, Donald and Goofy are interior designers who set up Horace and Clarabelle a honeymoon cottage.
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. But 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.
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.
Mickey Mouse The Three Bears Mickey, Donald and Goofy are put in the role of the Three Bears this approach to the story was considered after the prosed Silly Symphony failed to materialize.
Silly Symphonies Timid Elmer
Elmer's Light o Love
Proposed sequel to the Elmer Elephant Silly Symphony. Elmer has to watch helplessly as Tillie Tiger ballet arts of Granville expires Goat. When trouble comes the Goat runs a way and Elmer has to save Tillie.
Silly Symphonies Snowbabies A proposed Silly Symphony and sequel to Water Babies and sequel/prequel to Merbabies the babies are now playing in the show instead of water.
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.
Silly Symphonies Struebel Peter
Slovenly Peter
A proposed Silly Symphony would have featured Peter, an unruly boy who delights in tormenting animals. The animals, in the end, would have been able to eventually take their revenge.
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 ether short or featurette. At one point Donald and Goofy were also considered for inclusion in the plot.
Mickey Mouse The Deer Hunt Mickey sets out hunt deers, was supposed to feature all the same plot elements as in the released cartoon The Pointer in 1939.

1937

Series Title Description
Mickey Mouse Jungle Mickey Version 1: Mickey solo newsreel photographer in darkest Africa.
Version 2: Mickey, Donald and Goofy are newsreel photographers in darkest Africa.
Mickey Mouse Mickey's Follies Not be confused with 1929 short of same name also known as – An amazingly large and ambitious projected short would have featured nearly all of the original Disney characters i.e. Mickey and the gang as well as some of the more popular "Silly Symphonies" characters in a grand musical revue.
Donald Duck Nightwatchman Donald Donald a night watchman in store has to deal with a playful monkey.

1938

Series Title Description
Mickey Mouse Mickey's Toothache Mickey inhales laughing gas and enters a nightmare world were he is threatened by dental equipment.
Donald Duck The Delivery BoyDonald has to delivers a Mechanical doll to Doll Museums along with other package to other destination, Pluto as at one point considered to included to help Donald with his job.
Mickey Mouse Pilgrim Mickey Mickey as a pilgrim sets out to hunt a turkey for a 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 had failed to materialize.
Donald Duck The Rubber Hunter Donald traveled to South America in order to obtain a particularly rare species raw rubber for new tires for his car.
Mickey Mouse Movie Makers Mickey is an amateur filmmaker in Hollywood and Donald and Pluto are set out to help him in making the films.
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, encountering 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 also 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.
Mickey Mouse Tanglefoot Mickey goes to the race track were he encounters horse with hay fever.
Mickey Mouse 20,000 Leagues Under the SeaMickey plays Captain Nemo in under sea 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.
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.
Donald Duck Donald's Shooting Gallery Donald attracts the nephew to his shooting range, by exposing a box of chocolates as a prize. This proposed Donald Duck short is in theory an alternative story routine to the finished 1947 cartoon Straight Shooters.
Mickey Mouse Mickey's Nephews A Christmas story where Mickey would have played Santa for Morty and Ferdie.
Mickey Mouse Spring Cleaning An attempt to bring back Bobo the Elephant, in which he and Mickey would go on and clean Minnie Mouse's house. Based loosely on a scene from the original comic strip storyline that introduced Bobo. Storyboard sketches for this short can be seen in Mickey Mouse: The Floyd Gottfredson Library - Volume 3: High Noon at Inferno Gulch.
Pluto Pluto's Robot Twin Mickey builds a Robot dog for Pluto to keep him company but the robot goes out of control. Pluto then has to fight the robot to regain control of the household.
Mickey Mouse Tanglefoot Mickey goes to the race track where he encounters a horse with hay fever.
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.
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 history 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. Partly blind, he mistakes the animals for people and baptizes them.

1939

Series Title Description
Donald Duck Museum Keeper
Old Masters
Donald and the Old Masters
Donald as a museum keeper guarding a priceless collection of paintings. Some of the 'paintings' in this unmade short, featured Donald in various classic artworks.
Mickey Mouse Mountain Carvers Mickey, Donald and Goofy as artisans attempting to carve out their own version of Mount Rushmore.
Mickey Mouse Morgan's Ghost
Pieces of Eight
Three Buccaneers
Mickey, Donald and Goofy find a treasure map and try to follow it to the end, all the time trying to evade Pete. At one point this was considered to be upgraded to feature film project. Elements of this unamde project were saved for Donald Duck comic book story Donald Duck finds Pirate Gold.
n/a JabberwockyNonsense world of Lewis Carroll is brought to life, in this short.
n/a Abdul Abulbul AmirIt tells 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.
Pluto Pluto's Pal BoboPluto and Bobo are rivals to Mickey's attention as it surrounds howdah that Mickey built.
Donald Duck Donald's Elephant Bobo becomes Donald's pet.
Mickey Mouse Mickey's Revival PartyUmbrella name of project that aimed to revisit and remake several older Disney shorts.
Mickey Mouse Ice Antics A remake of On Ice.
Mickey Mouse Mickey's Man Friday A remake of the earlier short of same name.
Mickey Mouse The Band Concert A remake of the earlier short of same name.
Silly Symphonies Santa's Workshop A remake of the earlier short of same name.
Silly Symphonies Grasshopper and the Ants A remake of the earlier short of same name.
Silly Symphonies The Flying Mouse A remake of the earlier short of same name.
Silly Symphonies Lullaby Land A remake of the earlier short of same name.
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, like a rifle that fires a plumber's helper.
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 out 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.
Mickey Mouse Balloon Race Mickey, Minnie, Horace, and Clarabelle in a balloon race against Black Pete.
Donald Duck Donald's Stratosphere Flight Donald has problems repairing and launching his hot-air balloon.
Donald Duck Hunted Castle Donald tries camps out side a spooky castle, but his tent runs foil on him when strong wind blew is tent up in air Donald lands inside.
Mickey Mouse Miracle Master Mickey becomes master of magic lamp and the genie of the lamp continually shocks Mickey and his friends in real world.
Donald Duck Donald's Out Board Motor Donald has trouble with boat motor. The plot was considered to thin as it was one of two cartoon to be merged into the released cartoon Put-Put Troubles.
Pluto Pluto and the Springs Pluto has trouble with Springs. Pluto's foe is a worm. The plot was considered to thin as it was one of two cartoon to be merged into the released cartoon Put-Put Troubles.
Donald Duck Tree Surgeon Version 1:Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are the tree surgeons.
Version 2:Donald and Goofy are tree surgeons. Goofy as a surgeon, asking for his doctor's tools as he bandages an unseen "patient"... really a tree. We would then have focused on the Duck and Goof struggling to dope trees with laughing gas while various forest animals fought back. Eventually Don and Goofy inhale the laughing gas themselves, leading to a dizzy ballet around the woods and a bad fall for Don into some poison ivy. We iris in on Donald needing the next round of Goofy's bandages.

1940s

1940

Series Title Description
Mickey Mouse Men in UniformMickey would have played a milkman who finds his foil in a small kitten.
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.
n/a Penelope and the Twelve MonthsA proposed short film that would have featured a young girl who travels through time with the aid of a magic grandfather clock.
n/a Hootsie the Owl n/a Wise Little OwlThis proposed short or feature about a misfit owl who sleeps at night and is awake during the day as he hatched during the day. He is consistence embarrassment to his parents and he don't owns any friends.

1941

Series Title Description
Mickey Mouse Mickey's Elopement Mickey tries to help Minnie escape her stern Uncle Mortimer's house so he could get her to a quickie wedding chapel.
Donald Duck Calling Dr. Duck Donald is a tree surgeon; the plot is very similar to the earlier Tree Surgeon.
Donald Duck Ditch Diggers Goofy and Donald work construction for Pete.
Health for America Public Enemy No. 1 Donald is still a tree surgeon in a plot that is still similar to the earlier Tree Surgeon. An unproduced Health for America educational short on how flies spread disease. Plot of this film sounds very similar to The Winged Scourge.
Donald Duck Sculptor Donald Donald, again, is a still a tree surgeon in a familiar plot that is, again, still similar to the earlier short of the same name. Donald enters a contest for the best wax sculpture, but the nephews sabotage his statue with a blowtorch.
Feature Film Don Quixote It is about man named Alonso Quixano (or Quijano), a retired country gentleman nearing 50 years of age, 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 because of so much reading.
Feature film The Hound of Florence
Inspector Bones
Based on novel by Felix Salten about a detective who turned into a dog. The idea of a dog detective seems to have inspired Inspector Bones, which was a direct parody of the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films which were very popular in the forties. The film would have pitted Inspector Bones and Dr. Beagle against either Professor Mongrel (“The Mad Dog of London”) or Sir Cyril Sealyham. The story notes feature a lot of Tex Avery-style self-referential jokes, and many who see them now think the project an odd one for the Disney of the early forties. After almost 20 years of working on the film, it was released as the live action comedy The Shaggy Dog.
Feature Film Chanticleer Its about a rooster who believes his crowing makes the sun rise.

1942

Series Title Description
Wartime Army Psycho-Therapy An unproduced army training film dealing with stress, the adrenal glands, and the importance of discipline.
Donald Duck Guerilla Duck A continuation of Donald's wartime exploits has him trying to intercept a Japanese troop carrier.
feature Film The Ostrich who laid the golden egg This is a tale told by the Ostrich People of Prax when asked "Where did you come from?" but there seems to be nothing conclusive about the tale.
n/a A House Divided A proposed wartime short about rationing would have pitted 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 Near-Sighted Overbird The hero of the story is nearsighted and i continusly cause him a trouble on is that he mistake wineskin for his home.
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.
n/a The Lady with the Rad PomomTauchan bird encounters aracuan bird and they fight over the lady with the Rad Pomom.
Donald Duck Madame XXOn 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.
n/a Lima StoryTauchan bird encounters aracuan bird and they fight over a lady Rad Pomom. Adventurous Lima finds himself in the hots of South American Lake Titicaca, elements of this ended up in Saludos Amigos.
n/a The Blue OrchidBased on Venezuelan folklore about animals and spirits to Jungle to repel in vision to Man.
Goofy How to Be a CowboyA projected 'how-to' short featuring Goofy as chief cowboy on a dude ranch.
n/a ChichicastenangoA surreal visual tour of Chichicastenango.
n/a Lumberjack Goofy How to be a Lumberjack with Goofy, Goofy chops down a tree that fails on him so he get stuck on the band for the power saw.

Note: Disney studio produced an animated sequence for Samuel Goldwyn's film Up in Arms which ended up unused in the final version of the film.

1943

Series Title Description
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.
Feature film The Gremlins Version 1: Feature film based on novel by Roald Dahl of the same name about Gremlins that wreck airplanes.
Version 2: Short film based on 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 live. It was decided at some point that the 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.
n/a Ajax the Stool Pigeon
Roland XIII
Features a bird doing duty as a military carrier pigeon, despite having a fear of heights.
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.
Goofy Army Story Goofy in the army gets romantically involved with a pretty WAC.
Private Snafu Snafu One proposed Private Snafu short was planned by Disney, but turned down by Frank Capra when Disney demanded commercial rights to character and a high production cost; it was mostly gags where the worst soldier in the army constantly fouls up the situation.
n/a Melting Pot An unmade propaganda short has 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 would have satires the conformist society of Nazi Germany. This was considered to be extended into feature film project at one point.
Mickey Mouse Chicken Little Sky is falling on Donald, Goofy and Mickey. Supposed to be either a featurette or Short. It also starred Jiminy Cricket and Daisy.
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.
Feature Film Bambi's ChildrenSequel to the original Bambi film. This film would have dealt with Bambi's adult life.

1944

Series Title Description
Donald Duck La Loca Mariposa Donald as a butterfly collector visiting the country of Venezuela.
Pluto Pluto and the Anteater Pluto encounters an aardvark in South America in a very strange manner,
Mickey Mouse Intros and Outros Mickey present the CIAA Health for America series.
Note: These intros would have gone by the name of the actual CIAA films.

1945

Series Title Description
Feature Film Chanticleer and Reynard At some point, the stories of Chanticleer the rooster and Reynard the fox are considered to be featured in the same film after a plan failure in each of the earlier attempts failed to bring them separate to the screen.

1946

Series Title Description
Donald Duck Share and Share Alike Donald and his three nephews fight over an apple. Pencil tests for this proposed short still exist.
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.
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 around the Disney animators set it around Richard Strauss is tone poem.
Feature Film Carnival
Surprise Package
Cuban Carnival
A proposed third South of the Border Disney feature film. The segment would have been as follow - Brazilian Rhapsody an extended version of what would later become Blame it on the Samba and this segment was released as part of Melody Time in 1948. - "The Laughing Gauchito" is that the character we first saw in The Three Caballeros, learned he has an ability to shatter voice with his laugh. He becomes a star, but his fame ends when his voice deepens, due to the effect of that he is now 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 and finally Rancho in the Sky, and four others featuring Donald, Jose and their teacher and love object, Aurora the Parrot.
Donald Duck Caxanga Version 1: Donald's heart is captured by Female Parrot after frustration of this South American Game Caxanga.
Version 2: Donald and Goofy are introduced by Joe to the game of caxanga at frustration of the game Donald trows tantrum, night after he cannot get the game out of his head.
n/a On the Trail Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite is brought to life it is set in light and color of southern desert.
Donald Duck Trouble Shooters Donald Duck a telephone and power lines man has some troubles with the same woodpecker that once destroyed his camera.
n/a Fiesta of the Flowers Botanical action of the flowers on South America.
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 together in a feature film. Little known about plot.

1947

Series Title Description
Donald Duck Cowpoke Donald Donald sets out to capture the ruffest, tuffest steer in the whole state of Texas.
Goofy Old Geronimo Goofy sets out to capture the ruffest, tuffest steer in the whole state of Texas.
Goofy How to Train a Dog Goofy tries to teach Pluto some new tricks.
Mickey Mouse Mickey and Claudius the Bee Mickey is shrunk down to the size of a bee and be given a tour of the hive by Claudius.
n/aFaces of Trees
Trees with Faces
An one-shot animated short that was supposed to be about the life of Native Americans, and featured animated bits about the Raven's mischief.

NOTE: Fun and Fancy Free, released in 1947, was originally planned to be two separate feature films.

1948

Series Title Description
Pluto Scrambled Eggs Pluto encounters the Ugly Duckling, dropped from production, for unknown reasons.
PlutoPluto's White Elephant Pluto encounters Bobo, this was the last try to bring Bobo back on the screen. Little is known about the plot.

1949

Series Title Description
Feature filmHiawatha Hiawatha was a follower of The Great Peacemaker, a prophet and spiritual leader, who proposed the unification of the Iroquois peoples. This proposed feature was considered to be taken in similar direction as Fantasia i.e. artistic but contradictary it would feature single story line.
Feature filmCurrier and Ives Being planned for release sometime in the late 1940s, this 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 for each being less than its predecessor.

NOTE: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, released in 1949, was originally planned to be two separate feature films.

1950s

1951

Series Title Description
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 hands of Pete, so Mickey battles Pete to get him back. Some animation was done on this short was dropped. It was animated for pencil test.
Feature film Don Quixote This proposed feature film have 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.
Mickey Mouse Plight of the Bumblebee Mickey buts up a stage musical number with Claudius the Bee. Complete animated demo reel exist.

1955

Series Title Description
Donald Duck Money-sorting Machine
Donald-Scrooge Opus
Donald works at Scrooge's Money Bin, operating a money-sorting machine that runs by power. When Donald is away for 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 ten-thousand dollar bill, if Scrooge doesn't order the most expensive cheese in the world.

1959

Series Title Description
n/a Barefoot Boy This proposed short film was to be an adaptation of the John Greenleaf Whittier poem set in Norman Rockwell's "Never Land."
n/a Prairie Rhythm
Pretty Red Wing
A planned satire of the classic Western film stereotypes, it is about an Indian girl and a white trapper.

1960s

1960

Series Title Description
Feature film The Emperor's Nightingale This proposed film would have used paper cut-out animation in telling the traditional tale, but with a much finer and delicate Asian style than that earlier short. Mickey Mouse was considered at one point to be included in the plot.

1967

Series Title Description
Feature film Hansel and Gretel This proposed feature was to be an adaptation of 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.

1969

Series Title Description
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 as 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.
Feature film The Bremen Town MusiciansIn the story a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster, all past their prime years in life and usefulness on their respective farms, were 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 there.

1970s

1975

  • Louis the Bear - In a loose concept of The Rescuers, jazz singer Louis Prima was to voice a character named Louis the Bear. The story was about a bear who escapes from a zoo with the help of two mice, and it was to feature six songs sung by Prima with Sam Butera and the Witnesses written by Floyd Huddleston. Several recorded demos of the from the film included "Rescuers Aid Society", "Misery", "I Never Had It So Good", "Sittin' In My Favorite Position Doin' Nothin'", and "All I Ever Do Is Think Of You". Unfortunately in 1975, following headaches and episodes of memory loss, Prima discovered he had a stem brain tumor, and the project was scrapped.

1980s

1980

  • 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 that includes many hippos, lions and elephants; "The Emperor's Nightingale", based on the Andersen story and which would have starred Mickey Mouse as the keeper of the nightingale; a southern jazz story called "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 and in favor of The Black Cauldron and Mickey's Christmas Carol.

1988

  • Army Ants - Disney had considered producing an animated feature film that centered around a pacifist ant living in a militaristic colony; however, the idea was never fully materialized.

1989

  • Swabbies - The entire film was storyboarded, recorded and an animatic was created. Complete model sheets of all the characters were printed up and layout as well as some animation had begun before it came to an abrupt halt.The story found our heroes, Mickey, Donald and Goofy out of work, out of luck and in need of a job. They end up enlisting in the Navy and going to boot camp with Pete as their exasperated drill instructor and then meet their feminine counterparts, Minnie, Daisy and Clarabelle who are all WAVs. Once they put to sea, they encounter a submarine full of the Beagle Boys, who all spoke a Russian sounding gibberish.

1990s

1990

  • 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 and 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 mother and birth father, in the midst of the Americas. It also would have been a musical, also would have been a direct-to-video release.
  • DuckTales (film series) - Originally, Disney had planned an entirely further line of theatrical DuckTales feature films to literally follow on 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.

1991

1992

  • Homer's Odyssey - Set around the odyssey of Homer. A feature film.
  • Sinbad the Sailor - This proposed feature film, itself based on the Arabian Nights tale of the same name, was scrapped after Aladdin was released.
  • Mickey Columbus - Mickey, Donald & Goofy cast as the captains of the Nina, the Pinta & the Santa Maria and Minnie standing in for Queen Isabella), the film's writers just couldn't decide what to do about the Native Americans that Columbus would encounter in the New World.
  • Mickey's Arabian Nights - Mickey-Donald-Goofy featurette set around the entire One Thousand and One Nights anthology.

1993

  • 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 said film.
  • Song of the Sea
  • Terbialos
  • King of the Kalahari (a.k.a. King of the Beasts and King of the Jungle) - An early version of what eventually became The Lion King.

1994

  • Silly Hillbillies on Mars
  • 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 preceding gap with a rerun of Rollercoaster Rabbit.

1995

  • The Rescuers III - A third Rescuers film was planned, to released straight-to-video rather than theatrically, but due to the sudden death of Eva Gabor, the voice of Miss Bianca, were eventually altogether scrapped the prepared plans for the film, and all future Rescuers installments in the would-be franchise, and even into a proposed television series adaptation.

1996

  • 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.
  • Fantasia Continued- Another early version of what eventually became Fantasia 2000.

1997

  • 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, will play Radames. The title character Aida has been offered to Audra McDonald, who's currently doing Master Class and won a Tony for Carousel.
  • Where is Roger Rabbit? - Sequel to the original Roger Rabbit movie. Rather as a direct-to-video film or a theatrical feature film sequel.

1999

2000s

2001

  • Dumbo II - At one point, Disney planned a proposed direct-to-video sequel to Dumbo, which after its announcement, and its early pre-production status, with concept art already prepared for the film, for some mysterious reasons, was aborted before it began production, and the development of the film was never revived.
  • Hercules II - Disney planned a proposed direct-to-video sequel to Hercules. Basically, 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, including Hercules finding an old friend who eventually went missing.
  • Atlantis II: Shards of Chaos - The original proposed direct-to-video sequel to Atlantis: The Lost Empire, it ultimately eventually became Atlantis: Milo's Return, just two years after the film was scrapped along with plans for a television series spin-off of Atlantis.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (Sequel) - At one point, Disney had planned to do a sequel to Tim Burton's Nightmare, but instead of using traditional stop-motion animation, the sequel would have use computer animation instead. Burton, however, convinced Disney to drop the idea, as he was very protective of the Nightmare franchise, and did not want a continuation of Jack Skellington's chronicles outside Halloween World.
  • Don Quixote - Yet another attendment of making this as a feature film that ran into the same obstacle as earlier.

2002

  • 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.
  • Treasure Planet II - The cancelled direct-to-video sequel to original film. Treasure Planet: The Animated Series was supposed to follow the said sequel.

2003

  • Antonius - The project follows the story of a leopard in ancient Egypt who becomes a freedom fighter.
  • The Prince and the Pig - The project is 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 - Feature film based on the original Three Little Pigs fairy Tale.
  • 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.

2004

  • Recess: The First Day of School - This would've 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. Many fans believe that it focuses on T.J. and his gang (Sans 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.

2005

  • A Few Good Ghosts - This proposed feature film was to have concerned a family of ghosts living in a haunted house. which mixed traditional and computer-generated animation, had already gone through a number of title changes including My Peoples, Angel and Her No Good Sister, Elgin's People and Once in a Blue Moon -- and was being directed by Barry Cook, one of the directors of 1998's Mulan. Set to a bluegrass score, it revolved around a group of ghosts inhabiting folk-art dolls. Its voice cast included Hal Holbrook, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin.
  • 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, but that too was quickly axed and ultimately never revived as well.
  • Wild Life - A feature in development at the defunct Florida studio told of anthropomorphic animals trying to get by in seedy New York City. Was to be alarmingly more "adult" than what Disney is known for. Scrapped due to the mismanagement of the studio. However, the cancelled film eventually became the C.O.R.E. film The Wild.

2006

  • Fantasia III - Also known as Fantasia 2006, this would have been the third film installment in the Fantasia franchise, until the plans were eventually altogether dropped, and proposed segments from that abandoned film was instead produced and released as individual stand-alone Disney animated shorts.
  • Mulan III - At one point, a third film in the Mulan film series was planned; like the first sequel this proposed second sequel to Mulan would have ultimately gone direct-to-DVD. The production was eventually canceled, and was never finished after that.

2007

  • The Aristocats II - The canceled proposed direct-to-video sequel to the original 1970 film.
  • 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. It would have further chronicled Cornelius Robinson's new-found life, as a teenager, growing up, going on his first date.
  • Disney's Dwarfs - At one point, Disney was developing a sort-of Lord of the Rings-like franchise series of direct-to-DVD films, that which would chronicled the adventures of the Seven Dwarfs before they met Snow White. The proposed project didn't go through, and the planned resulting series was ultimately canceled.
  • Pinocchio II - The proposed direct-to-video sequel of the 1940 film.

2008

  • 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, with the proposed second film planned to feature an Cinderella story and a Mulan story. But however, due to the later concept tweaking of, and resulting poor DVD sales from the first film, the proposed entire series of films was scrapped.

2010s

2010

  • 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 then bonding themselves, and eventually made to prevent the extinction of their newt race, as well as trying to avoid the need to hate and stop caring about each other in the process. It was planned to be released in 2012.

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. The film would have been released in 2014.
  • Yellow Submarine (Remake) - See Yellow Submarine (2012 film), for details.
  • Phineas and Ferb (feature film) - Film would have been released July 26, 2013, was delayed to 2014, and then on August 16, 2013 was reported cancelled.

2012


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