Vice chair said to play big role in axing project

It’s been a wild ride, but Disney’s “Wildlife” is dead.

Pic had been set as a lavish 3-D feature animation of the “Toy Story” and “A Bug’s Life” sort but was skedded for production without CGI partner Pixar. Instead, “Wildlife” would have been produced solely by the Disney Feature Animation gang in Burbank along with inhouse cohorts from Disney’s the Secret Lab (formerly Dream Quest Images).

But “Wildlife” has been put into turnaround, with Disney vice chairman Roy Disney said to have played a pivotal role in opposing the project. Though a spokeswoman declined comment, sideliners suggest the Disney scion raised objections after seeing the final budget for box office disappointment “Dinosaur.”

There was no immediate confirmation on an insider’s suggestion that several dozen layoffs of project hires or full staffers accompanied the film’s recent shelving.

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