At D23 Expo, Disney announced “Gigantic,” a new animated take on the British fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk.” The film will be directed by “Tangled’s” Nathan Greno with music from Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who penned the songs in “Frozen.”
“You have to look at the original story, and then you have to mix in a lot of twists and turns,” Greno told the crowd. “You have to make it a unique film.” Greno said the film is set in Spain. “Spain had this Age of Discovery — this age of exploration. If you look at a ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ story, that’s kind of what happens there, too. What if we set the film during the Age of Discovery, and have Jack go up the beanstalk and make the greatest discovery of all time?”
“It’s not what you’ve seen before,” Greno said. “It’s a world of giants. We have different cultures. Different kinds of giants.”
Greno shared that one of the main giants — the co-lead of the film along with Jack — is based on a young girl that the creative team met on a research trip to Spain. The antagonist giants in the film are “storm giants.” Lopez and Anderson-Lopez also spoke about about their contributions to the film, including a song where an 11-year-old giant plays with the (relatively) tiny Jack like a doll with a refrain of, “I Love You, Little Man.”
“We’re going to have that deep, deep emotion in this film,” Greno said. “We feel like, if we do our jobs right, we hope this will become the definitive version of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.'”
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