At D23 a couple of weeks ago, Disney displayed a lot information for their upcoming slate of animated movies. Here is our Disney animation preview.
The Good Dinosaur
The Good Dinosaur comes roaring to the big screen on November 25, 2015. The film features Arlo, an Apatosaurus and Spot his human friend. According to director Peter Sohn, “Arlo and Spot journey through a world that has been greatly inspired by the American Northwest. It is epic in scope, soul-enriching and simultaneously beautiful and treacherous. In this world, we meet up with a very special family of T-Rexes, who help Arlo find a way through his personal fears and ultimately teach Arlo what he’s truly made of.”
Zootopia comes to theaters March 4, 2016 and features international pop star Shakira as the voice of Gazelle who is the biggest pop star in Zootopia. Disney describes the film as “The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery.”
Ellen DeGeneres is back as everybody’s favorite blue tang, Dory. According to director Andrew Stanton, “In FINDING DORY, we can expect to address the one emotionally open-ended issue that remained from the first movie: Where is Dory’s family, and will this overly-optimistic fish with short-term memory loss ever be able to find them again? Her issue has also given us the opportunity to travel to very different locations, on land and sea, and meet a variety of new sea creatures that expand the world of Nemo, Marlin and Dory.” Finding Dory hits theaters June 17, 2016.
Disney describes Moana as a story that “introduces a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. She meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”). At the D23 expo Clements said that “Our research took us deep into the South Pacific. The wonderful people we met there, their rich history and traditions, and their fantastic music changed us forever.” John Musker added, “We can’t wait to bring those experiences to Moana. We are incredibly lucky to be able to work with three amazing artists who are the absolute best at what they do. The sounds they create will be something we’ve never heard before—but it’ll feel like it’s been part of this world forever.” Moana will hit theaters November 23, 2016.
Toy Story 4
Toy Story 4 is coming and it will be directed by original director John Lasseter! Lasseter states that “For TOY STORY 4, we are doing a type of story we have not done before: a love story. It’s a story about a relationship between Woody and Bo Peep. ” Toy Story 4 is slated for release on June 16, 2017.
Gigantic is Disney’s take on the Jack and the Beanstalk story. Disney describes the film as being “Set in Spain during the Age of Exploration, Disney’s GIGANTIC follows adventure-seeker Jack as he discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds. He hatches a grand plan with Inma, a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl, and agrees to help her find her way home. But he doesn’t account for her super-sized personality—and who knew giants were so down to earth?” Gigantic is set to release sometime in 2018.
Coco is another Disney-Pixar release that will be directed by Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich and produced by Darla K. Anderson.
“As artists and filmmakers, we couldn’t help but be drawn to the striking visuals of Dia de los Muertos,” said Unkrich and Anderson. “But it was the celebration’s core themes of family, remembrance and connection across generations that resonated within and truly inspired us. Dia de los Muertos is as singular as the Mexican culture, while at the same time completely universal in its message.
“In our story,” they continued, “the celebration of Dia de los Muertos serves as the perfect backdrop for our main character to ask where he comes from, what his place is within his family, and how families stay woven together across time through the simple act of remembrance.”