10 Animated Films That Overcame Disasterous Productions

10 Animated Films That Overcame Disasterous Productions ...

Each one of the thousands of films that are released every year can be characterized as a miracle. The creation of a film involves juggling all kinds of creative individuals while maintaining budget constraints and studio feedback. This includes but not limited to the countless films that never make it past the concept stage.

In some ways, creating a cartoon is even more difficult than doing live-action, because it takes teams of animators months to complete a few minutes of character movement. Despite their initial difficulties, many films have evolved into classics.

'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' (1937)

Snow White is forced to flee for her life when her queen, her wicked stepmother, tries to murder her. Despite her generosity, the queen discovers Snow White's survival and uses magic to disguise herself as an old lady to kill her personally.

'Gulliver's Travels' (1939)

Paramount Pictures decided to make their own animated feature following the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In the 1920s and 1930s, their studio had been a competitor to Disney. The film they chose was a classic Johnathan Swift tale about an explorator who discovers a different-sized person.

Paramount wanted to cash in on Snow White's success and gave the Fleischers under two years to produce a finished product. They were also expected to emulate Disney's animation style, resulting in some characters that look like discount dwarfs and Silly Symphony characters. The film was well received, but its failure to make enough profit would put Fleischer Studios at jeopardy.

'Dumbo' (1941)

Due to the outbreak of World War II, Snow White's popularity remained a problem for Disney in the 1940s. Walt released a short film about a circus elephant born with big ears, which he eventually masters.

'The Fox and the Hound' (1981)

During Disney's dark period, this classic tale of two best friends who grow into bitter enemies began. The new management did not want the studio to take risks with their animated films. Their top animators from Snow White were also starting to retire, so new talent was hired.

The young animators wanted to take risks as they did in the old days, while the senior ones desired to fall short. Chief, Copper's mentor who died in the book but remains in the film, was an especially hot topic of contention. Wolfgang Reitherman, who had directed Disney's animated films since the 60s, resigned due to disagreements with the higher-ups.

'The Secret of NIMH' (1982)

Don Bluth and fifteen other animators departed from Disney's more conservative approaches in order to bring back the beauty that had motivated them to become animators. They would accomplish this by releasing an animated version of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.

'Beauty and the Beast' (1991)

Beauty and the Beast is the first animated film to be nominated for the Acadamy Award for Best Picture. Walt wanted to make his own, but was displeased by Jean Cocteau's 1946 classic. They decided to revisit the idea in their London studio.

Jeffrey Katzenberg, who was in charge of Disney animation, hated the original storyboard reels and demanded a redo. This left the animators with half the usual production time, forcing many of them to labor long, thankless hours. Lyricist Howard Ashman was also dying due to AIDS, so production was moved to New York so he could remain until the end.

'Toy Story' (1995)

The first feature film from Pixar was also the first animated film to use computer-generated images. However, many are unaware of the extraordinary story of how Woody and Buzz's friendship became a reality before the script was approved in 1993.

Woody became a ruthless jerk when Disney executives saw the new footage and put him on hold until Pixar could produce a new script. After three months, Katzenberg found a balance between lighthearted and mature, which appealed to a wide range of audiences.

'Toy Story 2' (1999)

Toy Story's success suggested that a sequel be made. Amazingly, Pixar was able to get lightning to strike twice and make a sequel that many claim is superior to the original. However, it got its start as a direct-to-video project while the main Pixar team was working on A Bug's Life.

After seeing the test footage, Disney decided to convert the project to a theatrical release, which strained Pixar's animators and creatives after two films were released simultaneously. Worse, their animation was almost ruined when an animator accidentally typed a delete code and their backups were damaged. Fortunately, technical director Galyn Susman had backups on her computer.

'The Emperor's New Groove' (2000)

The Emperor's New Groove was praised for its unique humor and unusual narrative structure from Disney. Back when the film was titled The Kingdom of the Sun, it had a prince and the pauper style story, the villain Yzma as a necromancer who wanted to darken the sun, and many songs written by Sting.

'Sausage Party' (2016)

Seth Rogan's raunchy comedy about if food could be discussed has a number of achievements. It was the first 3D animated film to receive an R rating, and at the time, the highest-grossing R-rated film. Despite its warm reception, the film's history is about as dark as its content.