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Concept art for the unmade Disney film.

Musicana is a Disney film that would of been another installment in the Fantasia franchise. Other Fantasia projects include Fantasia (1940), Fantasia 2000 (1999), and another unmade Fantasia film titled Fantasia 2006. It would of been directed by Mel Shaw.

Plot

Events such as battles between a ice god and a sun goddess, frogs performing, talking monkeys. raining gods with powerful muscles, smart musical doves, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald songs, and a version of Hans Christian Andersen's version starring Mickey Mouse as the Emperor would occur.

Why It Was Cancelled

  1. Louis Armstrong passed away on July 5, 1971 before production could be completed.
  2. The plans for the film didn't work out creatively.
  3. Mel Shaw wanted to focus more on The Rescuers in the late 70s.
  4. The first film, Fantasia, had been a box-office flop. It lost more than the modern equivalent of $15 million and nearly drove the company into bankruptcy. It was also disastrous for Disney's reputation.

Results

  • This film, along with another cancelled installment of the franchise, Fantasia 2006, were cancelled permanently.
  • The Emperor's Nightingale is another Disney film that was cancelled at the same era Fantasia 2006 and Musicana were.
  • A short feature/artwork of Musicana appears on the DVD and Blu-Ray release of Fantasia 2000.
  • Only four segments got finished and released as individual shorts, those are titled The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Night On Bald Mountain/Ave Maria, The Firebird Suite, and Rhapsody In Blue.
  • The film was permanently cancelled.

References

  1. https://disney.fandom.com/wiki/Musicana
  2. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tD82ckYbB8c
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