Here’s Every New Disney Movie Coming Out Through 2019

Behold, Disney‘s planned movie releases for the next four years! Look for sequels to beloved films such as Finding Nemo, Toy Story, and Cars; remakes of classics such as Beauty and the Beast; and new stories your kids are sure to love.

Disney just announced every movie it plans to release through 2019, and we couldn’t be more excited! Here are the highlights of what’s hitting theaters for the next four years.
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From the creators of Frozen comes the newest Disney princess film, Moana. Featuring the voice talents of “The Rock,” A.K.A. Dwayne Johnson, and newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, this is a story of one girl’s quest to save the Hawaiian land and people she loves. The visually stunning tale hits theaters this Thanksgiving (November 23, 2016), with a musical score courtesy of Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda. Mahalo, Disney! We can’t wait!

Star Wars spin-off Rogue One – with a cast including Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen (from Hannibal), Felicity Jones, and Ben Mendelsohn – will take place before the events of A New Hope and will follow a group of rebels who try to steal the plans for the Death Star. It hits theaters December 16, 2016.

Highly Anticipated Future Releases

It’ll be hard to wait until 2017 for the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson, but we’ll try! Release date: March 17th, 2017.
“We’re sick of Cars”…said no kid ever. Good thing a third installment of the movie is in the works! Release date: June 16, 2017.

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If you’re a Jack Sparrow fan (and who isn’t?!), gather yer brood for his return in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Release date: July 7, 2017.
The animated film Coco is inspired by Dia de lost Muertos and will be directed by the filmmaker who brought us the unforgettable Toy Story 3. Release date: Nov 22, 2017.
We’re hugely excited for Gigantic, which is based on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk tale. Release date: March 9, 2018.
For Toy Story fans, Disney is planning a fourth installment, which will follow the love story between Woody and Bo-Peep. Release date: June 15, 2018.
A sequel to The Incredibles is in the works, too, but don’t hold your breath for this one (unless that happens to be your superpower!). Release date: June 21, 2019.
Oh, plus there are about a million new Star Wars installments and super-hero movies along the way! And following in the footsteps of Beauty and the Beast and 2015′s Cinderella, Disney is planning four new live-action fairytales—while the titles haven’t been released yet, the company has locked down the release dates: Dec 22, 2017; Nov 2, 2018; March 28, 2019; and Nov 8, 2019.

Theme park secrets Disney doesn’t want you to know

Disney is a land full of mystery and, as fun as it is to bask in the magic, sometimes you just want to get the dirt.

And the employees are spilling the beans.

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I mean, “cast members,” because secret number one, according to TrendChaser, is that employees must always be in character.

They even have a secret language! The site says “going backstage” means a guest has wandered somewhere off limits…

And if a cast member tells you, “Have a Disney Day!” you’ve probably ticked them off. Apparently, they only say THAT to rude customers.

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Those same cast members allegedly have to meet physical requirements. Princesses have to be between five-four and five-eight and men must be clean shaven, according to the Mirror.

And of course, no crazy piercings or tattoos.

The Mirror reports Disney will never turn the music off. If that happens, it means there is a real emergency so listen up!

These are just some of the secrets the Mouse doesn’t want you to know.

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Disney cartoons as live-action films

For its first 30 years or so, the Disney brand was synonymous with cartoons, first shorts and later animated features. It wasn’t until the 1950s that Walt Disney ventured into live-action moviemaking.

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And now it would seem that Disney has come full circle. In fact, it’s gone a little nuts, readying live-action versions — adaptations? remakes? reboots? — of its own library of classic animated features at such a furious pace that they are threatening to become the linchpins of the studio’s theatrical agenda.

They aren’t all really live-action, of course, since many carry enough computer-generated imagery to dilute the category. They are still, to some degree, animated features.

This was especially true of “The Jungle Book,” which has a live-action boy at its center but is otherwise very much a cartoon in modern, more realistic CGI terms.

In addition to “The Jungle Book,” this year also brought us “Pete’s Dragon,” another live-action/CGI combination, based on Disney’s 1977 live-action/animation film of the same title.

Other live-action remakes of cartoons have included “101 Dalmatians” (and its sequel, “102 Dalmatians”); “Alice in Wonderland” (and its sequel “Alice Through the Looking Glass”); “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (inspired by the Mickey Mouse short in “Fantasia”); “Maleficent” (adapted from Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty”), and “Cinderella.”

And Disney has announced plans to produce over a dozen more at such a rapid rate that this column may be out of date by the time you read it.

Coming up are “Beauty and the Beast” (to be released March 17, 2017), “Mulan” (November 2018), and “Mary Poppins Returns” (Christmas Day, 2018).

They will be followed by these live-action (or live-action/CGI) remakes with to-be-announced dates: “Dumbo,” “The Lion King,” “The Sword in the Stone,” “Pinocchio,” “Prince Charming” (from “Cinderella”), “Cruella” (an origin story of Cruella de Vil from “101 Dalmatians”), “Rose Red” (the sister of Snow White) and “Night on Bald Mountain” (a sequence from “Fantasia”).

Yet another “Peter Pan” remake is also on the list, along with “Tink,” an origin story of Peter Pan’s fairy friend Tinkerbell, who has also been the subject of several straight-to-video cartoons.

And a live-action version of “Aladdin” will have to wait for an animated prequel, “Genies,” which will come out first.

Disney is even planning live-action versions of “Winnie the Pooh” and the chipmunk characters Chip ’n’ Dale (from many a Donald Duck cartoon short). Not sure how that’s going to work out, though it’s a safe bet that CGI aplenty will be involved.

And, as you might expect, sequels are in development for “The Jungle Book” and “Maleficent.”

One wonders how Walt would feel about all this. After all, he was an innovator, not a copycat.

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And you may recall that his attempt to create the first feature-length cartoon was scoffed at as “Disney’s folly.” That is, until “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” became a critical and box-office smash in 1937.

Many animated classics followed (including those listed above), and Disney didn’t enter live-action theatrical filmmaking until 1950, with the release of “Treasure Island.”

Many more followed and the Disney brand shifted from being strictly for cartoons to meaning clean family films, and it stayed that way throughout the 1970s.

The studio’s first film that wasn’t G-rated didn’t arrive until 1979, the sci-fi thriller “The Black Hole” — and getting a PG rating instead of a G made the studio nervous. But PG-rated movies quickly became part of the studio’s platform, along with its usual G-rated fare.

As movies became more “adult,” however, the studio felt it needed to keep up — without sullying the family friendly Disney name. So the studio came up with the Touchstone label in 1984 as a releasing arm for “Splash,” its first foray into mature material. And Touchstone also kept the studio’s first R-rated movie, “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” in 1986, from having to carry the Disney name.

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One can argue that some of the PG-13 films that now roll out under the Disney banner push the envelope further than parents might like (the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, anyone?), but in general the Disney name over a picture still means it will likely be more family friendly than anything else out there. (Check out the current, PG-rated “Queen of Katwe.”)

So perhaps all of these remakes of animated classics can be taken as a logical 21st-century extension of that.

And if the market becomes oversaturated with cartoons done over as live-action films, maybe Disney will reverse course and do the opposite.

You know, it could do animated versions of “The Absent-Minded Professor” and “Darby O’Gill and the Little People.”

Who says there are no more original ideas in Hollywood?

Disney’s Shanghai theme park opens with hopes pinned on Mickey and Minnie

Boasting the Magic Kingdom’s tallest fairytale castle and longest musical parade, Walt Disney’s Shanghai park is already its biggest overseas outpost. But even as gates open to the public this week, it is still building to keep customers keen.

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Disney’s largest overseas investment at US$5.5 billion, the park is a bet on China’s middle class and its booming domestic tourism. The US firm hopes it will offset an otherwise lacklustre international theme park business, better known for cash-burning sites such as Euro Disney.

Calling Shanghai Disney the firm’s greatest business opportunity since Walt Disney bought land in the central Florida in the 1960s, the company has been at pains to woo the home crowd in a country where competition from a plethora of local theme parks promises to be fierce.

Main Street has been replaced by Mickey Avenue to reduce the feel of Americana while attractions include a Chinese-style Wandering Moon tea house, a Chinese Zodiac-themed garden and a Tarzan musical featuring Chinese acrobats.

The park’s seven square kilometre plot of land means there is plenty of space to expand, the Disney chief executive Bob Iger said ahead of the official opening tomorrow.

“There is actually construction going on this week. When we open we will continue the construction to expand what’s on the opening day menu,” he said.

“We have plenty of space to do that and we believe we’ve got willing partners … We think we will probably do that sooner rather than later.”

Mr Iger, who scouted the Shanghai site in 1999, said China had incredible potential given its size. Disney estimates there are 330 million people within a three-hour radius of Shanghai, the country’s financial centre, who would be able to afford to come to the park.

Shanghai Disney could also help lure more consumers to its films. Zootopia, Captain America: Civil War, The Jungle Book and Star Wars: the Force Awakens are among the 10 most-watched movies in China of 2016, reaping more than $690 million in ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo. Characters from those films will feature at the Shanghai resort.

Disney, though, is facing intense competition from billionaire developers building homegrown parks and from domestic cartoon characters. It also faces a deeply ambivalent attitude to its products in China.

On one hand, Mr Iger received a presidential welcome from Xi Jinping in May, and Disney has been granted “special” trademark protection. But China’s main military newspaper has also warned that Zootopia, a story about a rabbit police officer in an animal city, was a tool for spreading US propaganda and ideals.

Disney is also not set to reap all the rewards. The resort is a joint venture with state-owned Shendi Group, which has a 57 per cent stake – a concession agreed during lengthy negotiations.

Shendi is a consortium controlled by four large government-owned companies: Shanghai Media Group; hotelier Jin Jiang International, controlled by the city of Shanghai; the supermarket-to-department store operator Bailian Group; and the property developer Lujiazui Development Group.

Disney Is Bringing Olaf and Other ‘Frozen’ Characters to Its Park

Part of a big push to bring in more visitors.

Since launching in November 2013, Disney’s Frozen movie remains hot. After shattering box office records with over $1.2 billion on its way to the all-time pinnacle of animated movies, Disney has been able to market everything from video games to t-shirts to an upcoming line of Playmation toys aimed at young girls.

Now, beginning on June 21, fans will be able to step into the kingdom of Arendelle at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot, part of the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

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This is part of a bigger push to integrate Disney’s biggest brands and franchises, such as Star Wars and Marvel, into the company’s theme parks, cruise ships, and resorts.

Disney is also integrating a cast of new big screen characters into its Orlando theme park. Ahead of the record-breaking $136 million launch of Pixar’s Finding Dory, Destiny the whale shark (voiced by Kaitlin Olson), Bailey the beluga whale (voiced by Ty Burrell), and Hank the “septopus” (voiced by Ed O’Neill) joined Epcot’s Turtle Talk with Crush attraction.

Disney’s first Latin princess (Princess Elena of Avalor) who debuts in the new Disney Channel animated TV series, Elena of Avalor this June, also will reside at the Magic Kingdom this August. (She’ll debut at Disney California Adventure this fall.)

All of these tie-ins are an effort to boost attendance at the parks. Revenue for Disney’s entertainment unit generated $2.1 billion in the second quarter, a 22% rise, thanks to hits such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Zootopia. And those numbers don’t include recent blockbusters The Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War, and Finding Dory.

Banking on bringing in more visitors

Disney’s parks and resorts unit generated $3.9 billion in the second quarter, a 4% gain. The parks saw a 10% rise in income ($624 million) thanks to higher ticket prices, including the new peak hours pricing, and customers spending more on food, beverages, and merchandise.

But Disney CEO Bob Iger told analysts during a second-quarter conference call that park attendance was modestly down as a result of the new pricing strategy that implements surge pricing for tickets. For the first time in five years, earnings per share missed analysts’ forecasts.

S&P Capital analyst Tuna Amobi expects Frozen Ever After to have a meaningful impact on Epcot attendance in particular, and to Disney World overall.

“Just as Star Wars attractions have infused new life into Disney’s Hollywood Studios park since last fall, Frozen should help Epcot attract more kids this summer,” Amobi says. “Epcot traditionally skews older than other Disney parks, and this franchise caters to young girls.”

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Frozen Ever After has new tech

Frozen Ever After is a new boat ride that’s part of an expanded Norway Pavilion area, which was once home to the Maelstrom boat ride that ran from 1988 through 2014. Frozen Ever After serves as an unofficial sequel to the feature film (which has its own theatrical sequel in the works for a reported 2018 release).

Composers Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez created new lyrics to the classic Frozen film songs, which you likely have memorized if there are little girls in your house. And the entire cast of the film, including Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), and Josh Gad (Olaf), have returned to provide dialogue and songs for this new ride. (Bell and Menzel are also confirmed for the movie sequel.)

According to Wyatt Winter, project manager and producer with Walt Disney Imagineering, the ride’s story takes place after the first film. “It’s really a happily ever after story,” Winter says. “Every year Elsa has frozen over the kingdom as part of the ‘Summer Snow Day’ celebration.”

What makes the four-minute ride unusual is that it employs advanced projector technology behind characters such as Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, Sven, and Marshmallow to have more lifelike animation as the log boats travel through Arendelle.

“We have taken the audio animatronics and pushed it to the next level, so you’ll see the characters coming to life in this Frozen Ever After,” Winter says.

The new opening comes in the wake of the tragic death of a two-year-old boy by an alligator outside of Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel, which overlooks the Magic Kingdom. Disney has since changed its signs to warn of alligators.

Olaf, Mickey, Minnie star in new meet-and-greet experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —Walt Disney World will begin offering two new character meet-and-greet experiences this week at Hollywood Studios.

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In the Echo Lake district, guests can meet Olaf from the animated file “Frozen.” The lovable snowman is living his dream “in summer” and chilling on the beach.

On Commissary Lane, guests can see “Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams,” where the duo are living the dream as A-list stars. Guests can walk the red carpet and step into a scene with Minnie. Then, guests can join Mickey in a scene from “Fantasia.”

Both meet-and-greet experiences will debut on May 8.

Did Disney’s marketing of “Zootopia” do justice to the film?

When a film makes over $70 million in an opening weekend, it is hard to argue that the marketing team behind a movie did a subpar job. In all fairness to Walt Disney Animation, the trailers and tactics used for this movie worked on a level, by creating a fun and seemingly harmless atmosphere around the film. This likely increased the level of interest in kids, or families with children, but the fact of the matter was, there had not been a movie targeted to children since “Kung Fu Panda 3” in January.

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However, the critical success of the film snuck up on many Disney fans, myself included. Among friends and other people I had talked to, most thought the movie was going to be “Dreamworks quality” or a return to the early 2000s for Disney. Some thought the ceiling for the movie, based solely on its marketing, was going to be more in line with “Bolt,” a film that is fun, but ultimately does not come up in conversations about great Disney movies.

After this week though, it is hard to argue that case anymore. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 99%, a Metacritic score of 78%, and a $73.7 million opening weekend box office, the film is an unbelieveable success for Disney Animation. With “Moana” still on the horizon, it is hard to argue against the idea that Disney Animation is in Renaissance 2.0 mode, with “Wreck-It-Ralph,” “Tangled,” “Frozen,” and “Big Hero 6” representing a run in Disney history that stacks up against any decade in Disney history (and we’re only 6 years in).

Still, the subject matter of “Zootopia” and the genre choices were the most shocking about the film. With many thinking that the movie would be a simple “talking animals movie,” it instead mixed elements of mystery, crime comedy, and solid commentary on the current state of police activity. The film found a way to walk the tightrope between portraying police officers in a negative light, while maintaining that some bad apples do not create a broken system. Its mystery elements harkened back to “The Great Mouse Detective” and “The Rescuers,” but held onto comedy aspects one would expect to find in a film like “Ocean’s 11” or “The Big Lebowski.”

This is no doubt a very different film than we expected, and we have to place some of the blame on Disney. It’s possible they didn’t realize that their film would resonate so strongly with young adults or with the politically charged climate in America right now. Yet, the film that was sold to us lowered expectations to the point that many thought the film would be Disney Animation’s first misstep in its run. What we got were cute scenes of sloths, that ultimately had little to do with the film as a whole.

The problem that the marketing presents though, is that it tells audiences that unless Disney embraces the schtick of “The Minions” or low stakes animation stories, that audiences won’t show up. I think audiences are more grown up than that. If we knew it was a mystery/noir film with comedy, audiences still would have shown up. We would have loved to see a Disney that would lampoon itself, make pop culture jokes, and engage with the zeitgeist. These are the elements that will let this film endure, and some members of the audience were already saying this is their favorite Disney movie in years.

These aspects of the film will be what we remember, and the marketing campaign will fade away with time. Still, it would be nice for Disney to treat its audience with some respect, as opposed to going for the lowest common denominator to bring in audiences. Even though Disney has always been for kids, they don’t have to treat their entire audience like one.

Zootopia” is currently in theaters. It stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Tommy Chong, Shakira, and Alan Tudyk.

It’s Just Not Christmas Without Mickey Mouse

There aren’t too many different things that get me into the holiday spirit, but there is one mouse that does the trick every time. I’m talking about the one, the only, Mickey Mouse. After thoroughly enjoying IDW’s Mickey & Donald’s Christmas Parade, I began to think about the other holiday Mickey Mouse related things that tend to be part of my Christmas tradition. I absolutely adore, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, and Mickey’s Christmas Carol, both from Disney.

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Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas features three shorts, each one special in their own way: Donald Duck Stuck on Christmas, A Very Goofy Christmas, and Mickey and Minnie’s, The Gift of the Magi. Growing up, this VHS (now DVD) was a staple in our house and included just the right amount of variety to get us in the Christmas spirit. While all three are cute and entertaining, they also include some nice morals such as, treating your elders with respect, being thankful for what you have, and sacrificing for those you love.

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Mickey’s Christmas Carol is exactly what it sounds like, and it is my favorite version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Besides, the content of the wonderfully meaningful tale, you get to see a bunch of your favorite classic Disney characters play the roles in the book. Some of the characters include Scrooge McDuck who plays, you guessed it…Scrooge, Mickey as Bob Cratchit, Donald as Scrooge’s nephew Fred, Daisy Duck as Scrooge’s first love Isabelle, Minnie Mouse as a silent Mrs. Cratchit, Goofy as the Ghost of Jacob Marley, Jiminy Cricket as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Willie the Giant (from Fun and Fancy Free) as the Ghost of Christmas Present, and Pete as the Ghost of Christmas Future.

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With all that said, I hope you’ll tune in to some of these great Disney films this season. There are a wide variety of other Christmas and Holiday themed Disney shorts out there, and most of them are pretty great. Pluto’s Christmas Tree happens to be a particularly funny one. Check that out here, and share some of your favorite Christmas traditions in the comments below.

Also be sure to grab your copy of Mickey & Donald’s Christmas Parade at your local comic book store today.

Olaf and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen launch annual Felixstowe Christmas Day Dip

Around 400 fundraisers every year start their seasonal celebrations at the beach opposite Mannings Amusements in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice.

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Catherine Sheppard, events and challenges fundraiser at the Ipswich hospice, said: “The Christmas Day Dip is in its 12th year and it’s still such a popular event. It’s a tradition now for families and friends to come down to the beach on Christmas morning and join together to take a dip or watch from the pier as their loved ones run into the cold sea.

“There’s always such a great atmosphere at the event, not only with the hundreds of people taking part, but with the thousands who turn out to watch. A lot of people do it in memory of their loved ones who were cared for by the hospice, and all the sponsorship money raised from the event goes towards improving life for local people living with a progressive illness.”

This year participants are being encouraged to emulate the launch’s Frozen theme by dressing up as characters from the movie.

Mrs Sheppard added: “We get a lot of people dressing up to take part. We see all sorts, from people dressed as turkeys and Christmas trees, to others in their penguin onesies or even a mankini!

“This year we were joined by Olaf and Elsa to launch the event – and we attracted quite a bit of attention as Olaf lay on the sand, draped in tinsel. We expect to see quite a few Frozen characters on Christmas morning ready to run into the sea.”

Anyone from aged 13 and over can take part for just £5, or £10 with a t-shirt.

To register, visit www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk/events – or sign up on the day at 8.30am It costs £5.

St Elizabeth Hospice provides vital care and support to more than 2,000 patients and their families every year.

It costs millions of pounds a year to run the hospice and they rely on fundraising events, donations and the income generated from its shops to meet the majority of these costs.

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Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Winnie the Pooh’ Movie

Disney is developing a live-action movie version of its animated “Winnie the Pooh” property, hiring “Listen Up Philip” writer-director Alex Ross Perry to write the adaptation.

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The focus will be on an adult version of the book’s Christopher Robin. Perry was hired after pitching a take on the story to the studio.

The Winnie the Pooh bear character was created by A.A. Milne for a collection of stories in the books “Winnie-the-Pooh” (1926) and “The House at Pooh Corner” (1928). Disney licensed the rights to the character in 1961, leading to TV shows and four feature films: “The Tigger Movie,” “Piglet’s Big Movie,” “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie” and “Winnie the Pooh.”

Variety reported last year that Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment acquired rights to the book “Finding Winnie.” Written by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall, that book tells the story of the bear that inspired the Pooh character.

Disney has seen a string of office successes in rebooting its animated library with live-action versions including “Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent” and “Cinderella.” It has similar plans for an upcoming “Jungle Book” and a live-action retelling of “Beauty and the Beast.”

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