It's no secret that I'm a sucker for concept art and unproduced animation. So, when I found out that Charles Solomon was publishing another book on lost animation, I was first in line. I really enjoyed his first book, The Disney That Never Was.
This book comes up a little short in expectations. His first effort covered 50 years of animation. This new book is broken into three sections: Stuff we've already seen before (the soup scene from Snow White) and the remaining two sections devoted to two unproduced films.
The first, "Wild Life", was to have been the first film entirely done in CG. The film was to have taken place in 1970s New York and loosely based on Pygmalion. As most films go through rewrites, this one appeared to have gotten worse instead of better.
The last section is devoted to "My Peoples" described as star-crossed lovers in 1940s Appalachia. I really liked the look of the characters and backgrounds and hope that this one eventually gets made.
As I finished reading the book in all of 20 mins, (there's hardly any text), my initial feeling was "is that it?"