Cancelled Movies. Wiki

During the late 1980s, Disney planned on making an animated film titled Dufus. Then-Disney CEO Michael Eisner proposed that Disney Feature Animation should develop an animated adaptation of The Catcher in the Rye, since Eisner was a fan of the original book. However, knowing that J. D. Salinger would refuse to sell the film rights, Eisner then suggested to do an animated film that dealt with similar topics from the book, but with German shepherds as the characters.


“Catcher in the Rye with German shepherds,” Don Hahn said, laughing. “I’m not making that up.”... “Michael Eisner loved Catcher in the Rye and he said, "We ought to do Catcher in the Rye." And we told him the truth, which that JD Salinger's never going to do Catcher in the Rye for anybody. And he said, ‘Well, let's just do that kind of story, that kind of growing up, coming of age story.’ So it was that.”[1][2]


The plot would have been similar to the novel The Catcher in the Rye, but with German shepherds, a type of German dog breed.

Why It Was Cancelled[]

  1. JD Salinger refused to sell the rights to the novel to any filmmaker.


  • The film was permanently cancelled.


  • The film was briefly mentioned in the Disney+ film Howard; where in 1986, lyricist Howard Ashman was sent a letter from then-Disney studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg in regards to collaborating with the studio on one of their films. Dufus was listed.