Development Hell / Troubled Production: Greenlit by Disney executives in the late '90s as basically a vehicle to show off Elton John's music catalog, the movie had a notoriously troubled in-house development; specifically, the animators had absolutely no idea how to make the film work. It crawled along until 2006, when Disney's leadership changed and Pixar's John Lasseter (who was placed in charge of Disney's animation studio) was given a briefing on the films that the studio had in development. When they got to Gnomeo, Lasseter bluntly asked "Wait, why exactly are we making this?" No one in the room could give him an answer, so the film was cancelled. In 2007 the film rights were transferred to Starz Animation, who made the movie that we have today.