Fraidy Cat (lost production material of cancelled Disney animated film; 2004-2005)
Fraidy Cat is a cancelled Disney film that was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements. Character and background designs were done by Andreas Deja, Harald Siepermann, and Hans Bacher. The movie was to be released in 2009 but was shelved in 2005. It was allegedly a satire of a Hitchcock noir film.
The film details the adventures of Oscar, a cat, and Corina, a cockatoo. They're two spoiled pets that live an easy life in their owner's London flat until a fellow neighborhood pet is kidnapped and Oscar is the prime suspect. The two set off on a mission to find out the real culprit in order to clear Oscar's name.
Cancellation and Availability
The initial story-reel was presented in May 2004, but David Stainton, then president of Walt Disney Feature Animation, wouldn't agree to greenlit development on the movie because he did not see it as marketable to a general audience and he felt that that kids wouldn't know who Alfred Hitchcock is.
To this day, it is unknown how far in production the movie got, but what has surfaced of the movie is concept art.
- The Disney Wiki's page about the film. Retrieved 18 Mar '16
- Jim Hills Media's article on Fraidy Cat's production. Retrieved 22 Feb '19