Fee-fi-fo-fum, another Disney film’s to come!
Yes, Disney will be bringing another classic fairy tale to animated life with a new feature film: Gigantic. Announced at D23, this movie will be loosely adapted from the tale of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” but will take it in a new direction from the classic story.
While many of the elements of the original tale will remain – the beanstalk, the harp, the goose, and of course, giants, there will be some new Disney magic brought to it. For instance, the movie will be set in Spain during the “age of discovery,” so while Spanish explorers are out sailing the seas, Jack will be on a journey of discovery and exploration of his own – in the land of giants, far above the clouds.
Rather than the single giant (and his wife, as the tale sometimes includes), there will be several giants, both friendly and not. While Jack befriends the 60 feet tall, 11 year-old giant girl named Ima, there are “storm giants” causing trouble and wreaking chaos, whom Jack and Ima must stop.
“Their world will change forever, and it’s such a great, unique friendship,” states Director Nathan Greno. “It has deep, deep emotion. I think when you read an old ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ story, you don’t think it’s a big tearjerker, but we want that. We think the stories that last forever are the ones that hit your emotions.”
In addition to Greno taking the directoral role, Dorothy Mckim is onboard as Producer. They’ve also lined up Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez to provide the music, following their hit success with the soundtrack to Frozen.
This is not Disney’s first time taking on “Jack and the Beanstalk,” having previously used it for the 1947 Mickey and the Beanstalk. However, that was more of a direct adaptation that merely switched out Jack for Mickey Mouse, whereas this will be a new take on an old tale.
We’ll have more news on D23 as it comes. For now, we can start looking forward to seeing another fairy tale receive the Disney treatment.