In this episode we talked about a handful of films that were planned by the Disney company but were never made or completed. One of those films was the Rainbow Road to Oz. The film was to star some of the (then) current Mouseketeers including Darlene Gillespie as Dorothy, Annette Funicello as Ozma, Bobby Burgess as the Scarecrow, Doreen Tracey as the Patchwork Girl, Jimmie Dodd as the Cowardly Lion, and Tommy Kirk as the son of the Wicked Witch of the West. A preview of the film was shown on the 4th anniversary episode of the Disneyland show. The segment was structured in a way that made it look like the Mouseketeers had the idea and presented it to Walt. The segment was clearly made to garner hype for the film but, sadly, it was never made. One of the most popular theories as to why the film was never made was due to a lack of a good script plus many comparisons were being made to the existing version by MGM which had been playing on CBS for several years. Below you can see the original segment from the show’s airing on September 11, 1957.
The Blu-ray and DVD of the 2013 adaptation Oz The Great and Powerful contained a special feature called Walt Disney and the Road to Oz that talked about the film and Walt’s idea of creation a Wizard of Oz related movie even before Snow White. You can watch that video below.
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During the episode we also talked about a CG animation test that was made back in 1983 for the film Where the Wild Things Are. For many years, the Disney company owned the rights to the classic tale but never did anything with it passed the animation test. Back then animation for this film was very experimental and still in its early stages. The concept for this film involved CG sets but hand-drawn characters. The film (which was to be directed by John Lasseter) was never made because the film would have been too expensive to produce. You can watch the animation test below.
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