My Peoples (partially found production material of cancelled Disney animated film; late 1990s-early 2000s)

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Concept art of Angel and Miss Spinster.

Status: Cancelled

Opening sequence animatic by Armand Serrano

My Peoples was a film developed in the late 1990s by Barry Cook, co-director of Mulan. Despite the fact that production was getting quite far along, it was scrapped in favor of Chicken Little in the early 2000s.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Set in Appalachia, Texas in the 1940s, My Peoples was to have told the story of two feuding families: the Harpers and the Mcgees, whose two children: Elgin and Rose fall in love. Elgin was to have dabbled in folk-art, creating dolls from various household objects.

A spell cast by Rose's father, Old Man McGee in an attempt to make Elgin forget his daughter was to have accidentally brought the dolls to life, at which point angel declared that she did not want to help Rose and Elgin get together and proceeded to leave town. Some of the dolls went after her in an attempt to get her to come back while others did what they could to help the couple, which included keeping Herbert Hollingshead, the man Rose's father tried to set her up with away.

CG test reels (see 1:44)

Decline and Cancellation[edit | edit source]

In January 2003, Thomas Schumacher resigned as Head of Animation and was replaced by former-Television Animation Head: David Stainton. Immediately, Stainton began to suggest several name changes for the film and found himself unimpressed with the film's storyreel, presented to him that following February so that eventually, he ordered the project retooled.

Later, In November of that year, David Staintion flew to the Studio's Florida Animation Branch where Barry Cook worked and announced that the film would be shut down, due to Chicken Little having more potential. He also announced that the Branch would be closing down the following year, prompting Cook to look for work elsewhere.

Concept Art[edit | edit source]