Well, D23 Expo is known for dropping big news, and it doesn’t get any bigger than the news dropped today: that Disney Animation would be taking on the classic story of Jack and the Beanstalk in the form of Gigantic, a brand new musical from Tangled director Nathan Greno. It’s going to be huge.
That’s concept art from the film, above. In this version of the story, set in the Spanish Age of Discovery, Jack travels to the most new and unusual land, high above the clouds, a land populated with giants. That’s where he befriends Inma, a precocious 11-year-old giant (based on a young girl the filmmakers met on a research trip) and attempts to stop the villainous storm giants who are wreaking havoc on the giant community. It sounds incredible, and the preproduction artwork was so gorgeous that you could frame any image (like the one above), which hasn’t even been finalized or animated yet.
“When you read old Jack and the Beanstalk stories, you don’t think, What a tearjerker. But we want that,” Greno, who was joined onstage by his producer Dorothy McKim. “Those are the ones that you’re going to play for your kids and they’re going to play for their kids. So we’re going for that too. We want that deep, deep emotion. And if we do our jobs right, we hope that this will be the definitive version of Jack and the Beanstalk.”
And to help with that emotionality, the filmmakers have enlisted Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the songwriting duo behind Frozen and Winnie the Pooh, will be penning the songs. In fact, they even treated the D23 Expo visitors to a song right after Inma first discovers Jack. It was adorable and fun and perfectly captured the spirit of Gigantic. We couldn’t be more in for this if we tried.