The Disney That Never Was: Chanticleer Featuring Marc Davis

Good morning, or evening, or whenever you read this.  I sure am glad you decided to join me as I re-read The Disney That Never Was: The Stories and Art from Five Decades of Unproduced Animation by Charles Solomon. Eh, why stop at re-reading it? I do believe I will scan some of it too, copyright laws be damned.  It’s out of print, anyway.

It’s no secret that Disney pissed away tons of money and resources in the preproduction stages, but it might strike you as odd that he had the foresight to catalog and store all the art to be done on his watch. Say what you will  about the man, but he had some serious foresight.

For some crazy, kooky reason, the Disney studio fully developed an animated move based on the high-brow play that satirized pre-World War I France.

I don’t need to tell you this movie never happened, but looking at this gorgeous Marc Davis art, I kinda wish it did.

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About Josh Latta

Mr Josh Latta was born in 1853 to a family of tamed Pleistocenes. he was raised as a small child, entering into adulthood on the eve of his 7th birthday as was the tradition of the day. in 1867 he undertook a course in multi-reptile wrestling ending his career as 'croc-tussler' after an unfortunate shallow-river related accident cut short the life of a young crocodile. moving to rural Sheboigan in the fall of 1872, he made a good living raising fancy roosters and painting murals across the town depicting the various lascivious secrets of the townsfolk. driven out of town in the spring of 1873 he found his way to Utah where he was Flaneur in Residence at the Foundation of Gentlemen and Cultured Guinea Pigs (now the Foundation of Water Fowl and Cultured Guinea Pigs) until a scandal involving twin milkmaids and a churn of cream called for his resignation. Latta entered into the history books in 1899 for his lifesize construction of Monument Valley in matches.