Okay but if Disney wants to make this for real, I would watch every episode of it.
Also the series mentioned in the stinger that would be Bob Odenkirk playing Geppetto as "just a guy who makes regular puppets for a while".
Honestly? This is the kind of Disney prequel/origin story I really want to see. Show me who these people were before their lives intersected, however briefly, with storybook magic.
I know I've said things like this before, but Cruella would have been such a stronger movie if it had just been about her life before Dalmations. Not how she got to that point. Just... before. What she was doing.
The other way to play a Guy Who Shoots Bambi's Mom spin-off that I would love to see would be to give it the Roger Rabbit treatment. Some schlub of a toon signs up for a hunter gig. He thinks he's going to be Disney's answer to Elmer Fudd.
And when he finds out it's not a short but a feature, he assumes that he's rocketing straight to the big time, which makes him ignore what should have been warning flags: it's not a screwball comedy, his role is dramatic, he never faces the star, etc.
And in the end... his big scene is left on the cutting room floor, he doesn't even appear on screen, but everyone *knows* it was him. He's not even typecast! He's just ruined.
I guess this leaves open the question of what everybody is so mad about, given that he and Bambi's mother would have just been playing a part... but the nature of animation in ~1942 is such that this might have been the first dramatic gunshot death to be animated?
Possibly toons, being quasi-immortal and capable of great violence, believe it's best not to let 3D flesh and blood beings to dwell on the possibilities of realistic, non-slapstick violence that toons could commit or be used for.
Let's just add to the pathos: say the toon who signed on to play the hunter was Egghead, the original design for the Looney Tunes antagonist character that became Elmer Fudd. He stepped out of that role because he disagreed with the proposed focus on the violent hunter gimmick.
And when he saw his replacement become a star and start getting all of the work that Warner Bros. would have given to him, he told his (human) agent to find him a gig as a hunter, and there was this one role that no toon would touch.

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