Wild Life (cancelled Disney animated film; late 1990s-2000)


Wild Life
A title card drawn by Doug Walker.
A title card drawn by Doug Walker.
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Wild Life (not to be confused with the similarly named 2016 computer animated film The Wild Life) is a cancelled late 1999-2000 CGI-animated film directed by Howard Baker and Roger Gould and was to be animated by Disney's then-current special effects team The Secret Lab.

The movie would have been reminiscent of 1970s American pop culture and would have paid homage to popular figures at the time such as Andy Warhol, Anna Wintour and Diana Vreeland.[1]

Plot

The film's plot was loosely based on George Bernard Shaw's 1913 play Pygmalion[2], as it involves Red and Kitty-Glitter trying to find a new star for Club Wild Life as Kitty Glitter, once the star attraction for Club Wild Life, has dwindled in popularity in contrast to Magda, the editor of the popular fashion magazine "Magazizi" and a operator of a popular night club that rivals Red's club.

Red and Kitty-Glitter then find their new star in Ella, a talking elephant they found in the zoo. Ella is reluctant to be a new star for Club Wild Life, but after a an accident on the stage where she is electrocuted by wires, she instantly transforms into a singing diva and becomes rich and famous, much to Red and Kitty's delight. However, Ella soon gets tired of her new lifestyle and wishes to return to the zoo, which eventually causes complications for Red, Kitty and Ella.

Development

Wild Life began production in 1999, under a team of animators that included Hans Bacher, Floyd Norman Jim Hill, George Mac, Doug Walker (unrelated to the Nostalgia Critic), Craig Kellman, Buck Lewis and Darryl Kidder, who also served as head of story.

In the words of Jim Hill, the directors were hoping to create something that would really knock the socks off the competition. They wanted Wild Life to have a mature edge and wrote some adult-oriented jokes, however, the people working on the movie, especially the animators, often worried that Disney would not want to release the film. This constant fear was realized when Roy Disney, then vice chairman of the board, viewed the presentation reel in fall 1999 and stated that he was "appalled" at the mature humor (particularly one joke where two gay characters are about to enter the sewers and one remarked "have you ever been down a manhole before?") and ordered the film to be shut down.[3]

The Secret Lab had previously produced the 2000 CGI-animated/live action film Dinosaur with Disney, but after the film was shelved, the company was shut down.

Availability

Though concept artwork from the film has been made available through the 2008 book on cancelled Disney animated films titled Disney Lost and Found: Exploring the Hidden Artwork from Never-Produced Animation by Charles Soloman, no footage of the film has ever been released to the public and no pictures or video of the presentation reel have ever been leaked.

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References

  1. Disney Wiki's page on the film Retrieved October 3, 2017
  2. Wikifur's entry on the film Retrieved October 3, 2017
  3. Jim Hill's blog post on The Secret Lab, with a brief mention of Wild Life. Retrieved October 3, 2017

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

19 months ago
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So... This was a little like ZooTopia before ZooTopia?
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Dash Master 48

12 months ago
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Kinda. Reminds me of Illumination Entertainment's upcoming film Sing as well.
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Anonymous user #2

18 months ago
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I'm so glad that this was scrapped. If the plot, concept art, and development are anything to go by, this would've been just as bad, if not worse, than Chicken Little and The Wild.
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David

4 months ago
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"Concept art for the club patrons by Doug Walker"...

oh well i...

never mind.
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Happy Brian

2 months ago
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I have tagged this article for plagiarism concerns, that despite being well-written, appears to have been copied from a past revision of the Disney Wiki article but without the references present in that article.
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Ryanskii

2 months ago
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Happy Brain, you should know that some articles got imported from the LMA when the big move happened, and some of them weren't fixed. I think this may be one of them
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Happy Brian

2 months ago
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Yes, but it doesn't help that most of the information is plagiarized straight from the Disney Wiki (original article: http://disne...ki/Wild_Life) with the only original writing to differentiate it from the original article is adding a disclaimer that one of the animators of the film Doug Walker is unrelated to the famous comedic reviewer of the same name.

The point I'm trying to make is that this kind of practice should not be allowed here (i.e. plagiarizing another wiki's content (even if it's from LMA) and then not give the original source credit afterwards). I believe the http://lostm...nes_and_tips strictly advises against copying text from other wikis, regardless of what their creative common licenses state.
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Ryanskii

2 months ago
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Ok this is an exception, because this got plagiarized from another wiki.

But you might see a couple of articles that were added/ripped straight from the wiki in 2016. Check with admins before you think its plagiarized from the LMA because it might have been added during the big move
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Happy Brian

2 months ago
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I got your point. I'm kind of on some minor investigation if there are more plagiarized articles on this wiki and I'll provide evidence when I come across one. For this case I was like "I must have read this somewhere else."
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