Drew Taylor at The Playlist has identified an upcoming Disney animation as a variant on the Rumplestiltskin story, and tells us that it’s currently being called The Name Game.
According to Taylor, this is going to be the next film from Ron Clements and John Musker, directors of The Princess and the Frog and The Little Mermaid.
However… I think that some wires are crossed, at best.
I’m told that Ron and John are working on a film, but it’s not this one. Theirs is something “fresh and original, not a fairytale movie,” apparently has a setting somewhere in the south pacific and a Tiki carving as a character. Will it tie into the Enchanted Tiki Room theme park attraction? Uuuhhh… probably not. So ignore the picture I’ve used, okay?
Now, I’ve heard talk of The Name Game before. I’ve heard talk that it’s based on Rumplestiltskin but also on Turandot. There was a story going around that Lea Michele was going to voice the lead but I’ve never been able to verify this. In fact, I haven’t been able to verify that the film is actually moving through the Disney pipeline at all. Once upon a time, yes, but now…?
Another thing Taylor’s report doesn’t seem to get right is that Ron and John’s film, whatever it is, is being developed in a new style of CG that’s somewhat like but certainly not identical to the techniques used on Paperman.
The exact look of their film is very much still in development at the moment, in parallel to the film’s character designs and storyboards, and there’s a little while before it will have to be locked in place for production to go full steam ahead. This will give them time to develop the tech and make sure everything feels good.
Next up from Disney is Frozen, and then Big Hero 6 will follow late next year. I’d expect Ron and John’s film to come along in late 2015, but it’s still early days and it’s not unlike John Lasseter to do some rerouting when he finds it necessary.