Fantasia 2006 (partially lost cancelled Disney animated film; 2002-2004)
Fantasia 2006 was a planned third movie in the Fantasia series of films. The film started development in 2002 and had a release date of 2006. However, it was cancelled in 2004.
Fantasia 2006 started production in 2002. It was to be the first movie in the Fantasia series to feature music from all around the world, not just classical European pieces. It was also to be the first movie in the series to include singing, which was going to be shown in several of the shorts. There was an unspecified number of shorts made, but it can be reasoned that it was probably six. A planned segment rumored to be included would have been set inside of Australia. It was also heavily rumored that there was going to be a British sequence sent in tone to music by The Beatles. The film was canned in 2004 after a series of under-performing films caused Disney to shut down their hand-drawn animation studios in Florida in the same year. Only 23 minutes of animation was produced, which were the four shorts that were released to the public.
List of Completed Shorts
Destino started out as a collaboration in 1945 between friends Walt Disney and Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí. The short details a love story between Atlas and a human girl, who venture surrealistic, constantly-changing landscapes in an attempt to unite. Storyboards and 17 seconds of test animation were produced, both by Disney employee John Hench, and Dora Luz, a Mexican singer who had previously worked on The Three Caballeros, recorded the short's title song. Trouble arose in 1946 as financial troubles caused by the fallout of World War II put the project on a 58-year hiatus. In 2003, while working on Fantasia 2000, and then Fantasia 2006 Walt's son, Roy E. Disney decided to resurrect the project, constructing new animation based on the original storyboards, Gala Dalí's journals, and guidance from Hench. The 17-second test footage, featuring two tortoises bearing large, bizarre faces on their backs, is reused in the final product. For a while, the short has been released on home media once, as part of a limited release in 2010 of the original Fantasia.
On January 10th, 2020, Destino was made available to stream on Disney's new streaming service Disney+, thus making it the only planned short of Fantasia 2006 to currently be available to stream on the service so far.
Lorenzo was created by Joe Grant, one of Disney's "9 Old Men", back in 1949. The main plot of Lorenzo was about the titular cat's tail becoming sentient and malevolent due to a hex placed on Lorenzo by a tailless cat he had mocked. There were storyboards that were produced for the short, but it was abandoned until 2004 when the people who worked on Fantasia 2006 thought it would be a good idea to resurrect the project. Lorenzo would later on get an Annie Award in 2005 for best animated short and an Oscar nomination. The short was released on the Blu-Ray of Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection.
One by One
One by One, the only one of the released shorts to have been conceived after Walt Disney's passing, started out as a song written for another Disney animated film, The Lion King. The song was cut from the main film but still made its way into the Broadway version of The Lion King. As the Broadway version became a big success, the piece of music was developed into a short for Fantasia 2006. The short starts out in South Africa, where some children are inspired to fly kites from a magical feather. The children go around the town they live in, collecting items to build and fly their kites. They all fly in unison, creating symbolism for peace. The short was packaged in the 2006 and 2012 DVD versions of The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride.
The Little Matchgirl
The Little Matchgirl is based on a story of the same name by Hans Christian Anderson. It follows the story of a little homeless girl selling matches on the cold streets during the wintertime. The short is set to the Nocturn movement from Russian composer Alexander Borodin’s “String Quartet No. 2 in D Major. Just like the poem, the short is very melancholy in tone. It has been released on the 2007 and 2013 home media releases of The Little Mermaid as well as on the Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection as a bonus feature.
- The Wikipedia page for Destino. Retrieved 20 Apr '18
- An article on Fantasia 2006. Retrieved 13 Apr '18
- Disney Plus' tweet confirming that Destino will be coming to Disney+ on January 10th. Retrieved 25 Feb '20