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Brand New Details of Disney’s ‘GIANTS’!

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Brendon Connelly of Bleeding Cool has given us some awesome new details about Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2016 animated film, tentatively titled Giants. The new film, is well into development, with story details being fleshed out and concept artwork beginning to take shape.


Disney’s ONLY adaptation of the story till date.

Read the exclusive article here.

To sum up, here’s a list of major details:

  • Giants will be to Jack and the Beanstalk what Tangled was to Rapunzel and Frozen is to The Snow Queen.
  • It’s being directed by Nathan Greno, co-director of 2010’s smash hit Tangled.
  • Giants will be visually similar to Tangled and Frozen, but still somewhat superior thanks to advanced technologies.
  • The film revolves around a family of giants, named Feebus, Fifen, Fogel, Fobbert and their leader, Faustus (did you notice their names come from the old Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum rhyme?) These guys are basically the villains, but have a relatable point of view.mickey-and-the-beanstalk-giant
  • The hero of the film is named…wait for it…Jack.
  • Jack is romantically attracted to Angelina, daughter of a merchant who thinks Jack is too inferior.
  • A triangle is formed with Marco, who is rich and loves Angelina too. He maintains a friendship with Jack as well.
  • There’s a fourth human character named Inna, a “scrappy tomboy type”- and she’s essentially the warrior who lives to see justice. Too bad nobody takes her seriously since she’s a pre-teen.
  • The giants are classified as “Storm Giants.”
  • The Storm Giants have a pact with humans: the humans work for them, giving them food and livestock in exchange for security from danger.
  • Too bad the giants seem to be taking much more than they need without leaving enough for the humans.
  • Typical Disney plot point: Jack becomes friends with one of the giants, leading to lots of adventure!
  • There’s magic beans involved. It’s a huge secret what role they could actually play in the story.

Since Giants is WAY too early in the developmental stage, it’s hard to say much, but in all honesty, it looks like this is shaping to be another fun Disney (musical?) fairytale. In terms of the visual style, we can’t say much there either since there’s no concept art yet, but could this be the eagerly awaited 2D/CGI hybrid? Or will this just be CGI like Tangled and Frozen?

One thing’s for sure: there’s a new Disney fairytale on the horizon!

Disney’s Giants is currently slated for a tentative November 2016 release. Are you excited?

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  • Brianna

    Wow! This is really exciting! Though it sounds like a lot of this is up for change at any moment, it’s great to hear some news about something several years away. I can’t wait to see some concept art – Inna especially. 🙂 I’m excited too that this is a step away from the Disney Princess fairytales. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE, ADORE, and CHERISH the Disney Princesses, but it’s been a while since we’ve had a traditional fairytale minus the princess aspect. I can’t wait to see what’s in store!

  • JayEllCee12

    Wow, we got more plot details for a movie released 3 years away than we got for Frozen.

    • William Jardine

      Although to be fair, I’m sure if Disney had it their way, we wouldn’t hear much about Giants until a few months before it was out too! 😉

      • Disney, usually, always has it their way! Haha.

        But it seems so bizarre why Disney prefers to to reveal much of its animated films, while its other properties–Marvel, live-action, and even Pixar (well, it’s hit or miss with them)–seem to get a lot of early looks, trailers and glimpses. I still can’t figure it out. Maybe because the majority of an animated film is completed in the last 6 months?

        • William Jardine

          I guess they just don’t have the same faith in their own films being big box-office events, on par with, say, a Marvel, Pixar or, now, Star Wars film. Sad, given that animation is their legacy.

  • Alex

    The human giant relationship reminds me of a bug’s life and the class difference thing between jack and Angelina reminds me a bit of aladdin. But I’m sure they’ll find some cool new way to spin it. Even though I love the princess fairy tales, I am kind of glad that they’re going for something else this time. I just hope that it’s better than Jack the Giant Slayer.

  • killercharlie

    I remember watching that short as a kid. Loved it! This movie seems interesting. Look forward to more info on it. :)))

  • Now this sounds cool!

  • Nathan C.

    I love the creativity Disney puts in their titles…”Tangled, Frozen, Giants”

    • Haha, I know people like to make fun of Disney’s short titles nowadays, but to be fair, in the early Disney days we had: Dumbo, Bambi, Cinderella, etc. 😉

      • Raygirl

        I just hate how they dumb down the titles. Like Rapunzel sounds so much more authentic. The ice queen too.

        Jack and the Beanstalk would sound epic. But maybe the dumbing down is easier for kids to say to tell their parents and might owe up to the musicals success.


    • Nathan C.

      Morgan: But there is definitely a title difference between Dumbo and Bambi verses Tangled and Frozen. Nouns verses Verbs. It’s a lot like what happened with the titles of “Cars” and “Planes” (which people mocked to death): it makes Disney look like they are trying to rehash the same concept in a different setting. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind the title “Giants”, but…why?

      • Ha, maybe the shorter titles is so that it fits in a tweet in Twitter while they are promoting the film. 😛

  • Brandon Kelly

    Looks like fairy tales are back in style again! First Tangled, now Frozen and later Giants.

    • Disneytalecarse

      And soon Spirited/Moana

  • The Animation Commendation

    It seems to borrow some elements of “A Bug’s Life”, but it seems to be quite interesting, nonetheless. I’m kinda excited for it. I hope Faustus gets a sort of “Hellfire”-type villain song!

  • Debbie

    This sounds great to me. I’m really excited about this and I’m looking forward to finding out more about it over the next few years. After hearing about this, I think I now have an excuse to go to the next D23 Expo in 2015! ^^
    Also I want to share a picture I saw a while back of the director working on the movie with some concept art on the wall behind him.This is from back before anyone knew anything about this film. No one really knew much about the project (until now anyway) and what it was about at the time. I’m not even sure how the person who posted it got it. But anyway, here’s the link:

  • Blake Taylor

    This makes me so glad! I am happy that Disney is continuing to have classic fairy tales. Those mixed in with their original creative ideas (like Wreck-It Ralph) get me excited for the promising slate they have lined up.

  • I would LOVE to see Willie the Giant make a cameo!

  • Noodlekuki

    Sounds interesting so far 🙂 I’ll be sure to see it in a few years- the plot sounds reminiscent to How to Train Your Dragon somehow, though…

  • Breana

    I heard there was going to be a latino twist to it 🙂

  • Henry Kahn

    I’m excited for this because It shows that Disney even do fairy tales for boys and I think the only examples of those are Aladdin, Peter Pan, and Pinocchio

    • Raygirl

      Aladdin, Peter Pan, Lion King, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Tarzan, Treasure planet….all examples of Disney movies with Male main characters. I grew up during the Disney Renaissance in the 1990s. So I guess that’s why I know. I am also glad that it is a male main character! I was hoping for more variety.

  • Jacob Bush

    Is Giants still being worked on or has it been cancelled? I remember hearing somewhere that Moana had been brought forward to be released in 2016 and I wonder if this is why.

  • Iftekhar Ahmed

    Well, this movie went through a “Gigantic” change… 😉