Date: 5th October 2000

Disney Shelves Costly Cartoon Feature

Disney Vice Chairman Roy Disney put the kibosh on the studio's plans for the computer-animated Wild Life after concluding that the film had "an inappropriate adult sensibility" for a Disney film, the online magazine Inside reported today (Thursday).

The entertainment publication, citing an unnamed insider, said that Roy Disney was concerned about the film's "sexual innuendo" and "gay-friendly" tone. In reporting on the shelving of the movie, Inside commented: "The central mystery is how a picture that one Disney insider calls 'a massive train wreck' got as far along as it did -- and at a cost rumored to be about $20 million -- before the plug was pulled." As a result of the debacle, Inside said, Disney chairman Michael Eisner has asked to review every project in development.

Source: Studio Briefing