Just 4 months later the potential project of having Scrooge star in a cartoon was definitely cancelled with this letter from Peterson. At that point in time the stationery had changed again, as Lady and the Tramp was to be Disney's next feature length cartoon. It premiered on June 22nd, 1955.
Peterson wrote a new letter to Barks on February 14th, 1955. Barks had visited the Disney Studio shortly before and seen the storyboards for a cartoon with Scrooge and Donald. It is obvious, from Peterson's letter, that Barks' synopsis had not been followed: We are still working on the Scrooge McDuck and Donald idea we had on the board at the time you were here. We hope to shape this story up for a first effort. We may still be interested in using your story idea at a later date...
THE MOUSE STORY
Peterson also told Barks that the
Studio wanted to keep his script for another month or so,
unless Barks wanted to use it for a comic book. But Barks
never used his synopsis as basis for a comic book. He
later said: I just didn't have quite enough action. I
would need to have jazzed it up and introduced some
clouds of rats, or something. In other words, it would
have been a story that starred Uncle Scrooge, and the
kids and Donald wouldn't have had enough to do with it. I
would have had to have used them in there.
Peterson did keep the script until May 6th, 1955. Then he returned it with a letter explaining that the Studio was heavily involved in television production, and that the chance of producing a Scrooge cartoon was remote. One of the reasons was indeed that Disney had decided to further explore their engagements with the upcoming media Television, but other main factors contributed; the Studio found it difficult to come up with ideas for cartoon shorts starring a grumpy sourpuss of an old miser, and another very real problem was to find a credible voice for such a character.
SCROOGE ON THE SCREEN
Much later the Studio did manage to
come up with two Scrooge cartoons, but they were both of
a special type tailor-made for the character. In 1967 he
starred in a double-length cartoon Scrooge McDuck and
Money, which was an educational walk-through about
currency and its history, economics, and investing. Of
course, Scrooge was the obvious choice for such a
participation. In 1983 Scrooge was again the obvious
choice in the half-hour cartoon Mickey's Christmas
Carol, which is based loosely on Charles Dickens' A
Christmas Carol featuring an old miser by the name
of - Scrooge.
One idea from the script survived and the resulting drawing was published as the front cover for U$10.