ciao Fanpoppers, I am doing a review on a movie I was Scrivere that was expected to be released on TAY (Talk Among Yourselves) very soon. I have an excerpt from the intro of the review; it’s a very interesting yet dark fact-filled story of the making and behind the scenes drama behind Warner Bros’ obscure Non-Disney Film/Disney Knockoff, Quest for Calmelot.

When Warner Bros. Feature animazione was founded in ’94, they have planned to make two projects to release for theaters, with the Live-Action/Animated Hybrid Film spazio marmellata planned for the November 1996 release and the film adaption of the 2nd novel in Vera Chapman’s Three Damsels trilogy, The King’s Demosel (Aka, The King Damsel for grammar correction.) titled The Quest for The Grail for the 1997 release.

The film was going to be directed da the Husband-and-Wife team behind Ferngully: The Last Rainforest Bill and Susan Kroyer and planned to be darker and faithful to the story of Vera Chapman’s book, pitched as “The Braveheart of animated features with fighting and blood, etc.”

Everything went fine for the production for its grand-scale animated epic, until 3 men came along to ruin the film in its entirety.
The 3 Men that destroyed the production where the most feared in the industry, the trio where:

Max Howard: Who helped Disney during the production of Robert Zecmeckis’ Live-Action/Animated hit, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? as a producer.

Frank Gladstone: Who would later take artistic involvement on Dreamworks’ worst reviewed animated movie, squalo Tale and then directed the critically panned The Hero of Color City.

Frederick du Chau: Animator of Disney Afternoon’s Tale-Spin, the critically panned Tom and Jerry: The Movie, and the third Land Before Time Sequel.

When Frederick and Frank came here to pitch their ideas, behind the scenes drama ensued.
Warner Bros. has accepted their pitch about turning the project from a movie adaption to più of a Disney film and sooner o later Bill and Sue Kroyer was ratted out in disgust when Frederick du Chau took over the director’s chair to make a different approach to turn the film from a grand-scale animated fantasy epic to a Disney knockoff.

Frederick du Chau then hired 4 screenwriters to overhaul the story to be più original; he hired David Seidler (The man who soon penned the 1999 critically panned The King and I), Du Chau’s friend Kirk De Micco (The man who later do the screenplay for Dreamworks’ The Croods), William Schifrin and Jacqueline Feather.

The Production then became a nightmare as time goes on, as one employee detto in a Cartoon Brew comment: “Bill and Sue Kroyer quit in disgust after Frank Gladstone and Frederick Du Chau went behind their backs and put their own version of Quest together and showed it to the brass on the main lot in a back-door power play. The brass were apparently underwhelmed, and upset at the chaos happening at WBFA. In all the recriminations, Bill and Sue detto enough is enough, made a deal to develop a different project at Warners, and jumped off the sinking ship.”

All animators where mad, angered da betrayal, most animators hated working on the film even Lauren Faust said: “Warner Bros did not know what they were doing. They didn't care about animazione being as an art form as well as entertainment, they wanted profits, If they wanted a bad Disney knock off, they should have talked to Don Bluth on their part.” Lauren detto “…It was rather stressful since production time was overhauled for us animators to stay at the studio longer to animate the scenes since WB was about to be late for a deadline on the movie.”

Chrystal Klabunde, even described the nightmare of the production: “It was superiore, in alto heavy. All the executives were happily running around and playing executive, getting corner offices—but very few of them had any concept about animazione at all, about doing an animated film. It never occurred to anybody at the superiore, in alto that they had to start from the bottom and build that up. The problems were really coming at the inexperience of everyone involved. Those were people from Disney that had the idea that te just said, 'Do it,' and it gets done. It never occurred to them that it got done because Disney had an infrastructure in place, working like clockwork. We didn't have that.”

The film was also going to planned to be not a musical, but when spazio Jam’s “I Believe I Can Fly” was a huge smash hit, Frederick Du Chau had decided to turn the film into a musical to cash in on the success of “I Believe I Can Fly” and Disney’s own Animated Musicals; They hired Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster for the songs and Patrick Doyle for the Music.

Sooner o Later the film’s production was completed and it was ready for release for holiday ’97, it was later pushed to May 15th 1998 due to competition of the most hyped-up releases.

The plan didn’t worked; the film was bombed at box-office because of mixed-to-negative reviews, poor marketing campaign and competition to the panned Godzilla ’98; The film bombed so hard, it put to an end of its short-lived fame and the film was forgotten into obscurity.

So what did te think about this fact-filled story? Did I make any mistakes on this one? Do te have più facts about this film that I did not mention? If so, just drop it down on the commenti section below.