We’re literally days away from this year’s D23 Expo. Although we expect to receive some awesome news and exciting updates about Disney’s future projects at the event, we at The DisInsider have obtained some interesting information about one project that may or may not be announced.
Now, to be totally transparent, we couldn’t enough confirmation on the following info to run it as an exclusive, but we thought it would still be fun to share which is why we’re opting to run it as a rumor. So it goes without saying that everything below should be taken with a grain of salt.
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Last month, Deadline announced that Disney was adapting the classic fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea” into a live-action movie called Penelope.
From what we’ve heard, however, the studio is actually developing the project as an animated film.
That’s not all. The film is also slated to be Disney Animation’s next theatrical venture after this year’s Strange World, and the studio has a tentative release date planned for next November.
Although it’s still believed to have the name Penelope, there is a chance that the name could end up being called Foster. It’s another title that has come up in association with the project. Once again, we don’t have enough to confirm what the final title will be – and once again, there’s also a chance some of this info is wrong – but hopefully, Disney will offer some official clarification at their animation panel next week.
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For those unfamiliar with the original fairy tale, it is another literary classic written by Hans Christian Andersen. Andersen was the mind behind The Little Mermaid and The Snow Queen, which were both adapted by Disney (the later being renamed Frozen). The story follows a young woman whose royal ancestry is established by a test of her sensitivity. The tale was first published with three others by Andersen in an inexpensive booklet on May 8, 1835.
Andersen had heard the story as a child, and it likely has its source in folk material, possibly originating from Sweden, as it is unknown in the Danish oral tradition. Neither “The Princess and the Pea” nor Andersen’s other tales of 1835 were well received by Danish critics, who disliked their casual, chatty style and their lack of morals. Over time, however, they became iconic fables.
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