Disney's Oscar winner is going to be another studio's full-length animated movie.
Fox Animation Studios has acquired The Story of Ferdinand — the classic 1936 children’s book ... [T]he deal with Fox represents the first feature-film adaptation, [but] Disney released it as an animated short in 1938, winning an Oscar in that category. ... [T]he Burbank studio oddly failed to get a contract with Mssrs. Leaf and Lawson that went beyond its onetime use as a short film ...
Blue Sky might do interesting things with this property. (It will be fun to see how they expand it.) Why Walt's shop never acquired longtime feature rights, and DreamWorks Animation never picked it up, is a mystery known only to the big movie mogul in the sky.
As a five-year-old, I used to pore over the Disney picture book of Ferdinand endlessly.