East of the Sun and West of the Moon (lost unfinished Don Bluth film; early-mid 1980s)
East of the Sun and West of the Moon was a planned film adaptation of the Norwegian fairy tale of the same name that was to be made by Don Bluth.
Don Bluth's version of East of the Sun and West of the Moon was going to be set in the futuristic world of 2020. It would have starred a young boy and a young girl. The girl would have found the boy (who is later discovered to be from another planet), which cause other people to discover the boy and put him to death in the land East of the Sun and West of the Moon. The girl then must go on a journey to rescue the young boy. The film would have explored many locations, such as the underwater city of Atlantis, and the East of the Sun and West of the Moon from the perspective of the North Wind.
The film began production sometime after the completion of The Secret of NIMH. Ultimately, the production was cancelled due to a loss of financial backing. A couple of stills that were leaked could indicate that the film was heavily into production at the time of its cancellation. It is currently unknown if there was any animation or voice work done for the film before the production was closed.
As of 2017, the only material to the film that can be seen is pieces of concept art and a couple of production stills.
- The Wikipedia page on "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" that has information on the Don Bluth version. Retrieved 07 Nov '18
- An article that talks about the plot from Don Bluth's retelling of East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Retrieved 07 Nov '18
- A 1982 article from the NYTimes about present and future movies that uses special effects that mentions the progress of then 2nd Don Bluth feature film East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Retrieved 07 Nov '18