What’s coming up for Disney in 2015 and 2016

This week sees the release of Big Hero 6, the latest animation film from Disney, and with the excitement of this release we thought we’d take a look forward as to what else we can expect from them in 2015 and 2016

Big Hero 6

In cinemas now

Big Hero 6 has already grossed in excess of $456 million at the global box office and has enjoyed success of its own at the U.S. box office. Oh yes, there is also the little matter of it being nominated at the Oscars for Best Animated Feature.

This is the first Disney production to feature Marvel characters since Disney acquired the company. Directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh), the film is set in San Fransokyo and based on a Marvel superhero team. The hero is 14 year old Hiro Hamada a young robotics prodigy who has lost his brother. Luckily he’s got Bay Max, originally an inflatable nursing robot meant to heal and care for Hiro. But after some tweaking, Hiro turns Bay Max into a ‘mech-ed out action hero’. Hiro, Bay Max and the gang, speedy GoGo Tomago, Wasabi Non-Ginger (who posses incredible knife skills), Honey Lemon (the chemist), and Fred (a fan boy with extensive comic knowledge) team up to foil a criminal plot.

BIG HERO 6

McFarland, USA

The film is set for release on February 20 2015 in the US

Inspired by the 1987 true story, the film follows coach Jim White (played by Kevin Costner) whose job-hopping leads him to a predominately Latino high school where he struggles to find common ground. That is until he notices his students’ exceptional running ability and forms a fledging team of unlikely runners who bond to build not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.

Cinderella

The film is set for release on March 27 2015

A live action version of the traditional fairy tale which is directed by Kenneth Brannah. Lily James will play Ella, and Cate Blanchett takes on the role of the stepmother, with Richard Manning as Prince Charming and Helena Bonham Carter plays the fairy godmother.

Cinderella

Tomorrowland

The film is set for release on May 22 2015

A former boy genius, played by George Clooney and a gifted teen (Britt Robertson) set out on a dangerous mission to unearth the secrets of Tomorrowland, an enigmatic location caught between time and space. This film is on our list of must-watch Sci-Fi movies in 2015 too.

Tomorrowland

Inside Out

The film is set for release on July 24 2015

This animated film stars Riley, age 11, who has moved with her family from Minnesota to San Francisco. Riley is not the only central character, but also the se – much of the movie takes place inside Riley’s mind. Places like ‘long-term memories’, ‘abstract thoughts’, ‘imagination land’ and ‘dream productions’ are all locations connected by Riley’s ‘train of thought’. The characters within her mind are emotions; there will be Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith).

Inside Out

The Good Dinosaur

The film is set for release on November 27 2015

This film is based on the premise that the world obliterating asteroid missed the earth all of those 66 million years ago and dinosaurs survived and thrived.

The Good Dinosaur

Star Wars: Episode VII

The film is set for release on December 18 2015

Star Wars will be back with a film that’s set 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.

Star Wars

The Finest Hours

The film is set for release on April 15 2016

The Finest Hours is to be based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias, a true story of the Pendleton rescue mission attempted by Coast Guard ships.

The rescue mission takes place in 1952 off the Cape Cod coast after two oil tankes, SS Fort Mercer and SS Pendleton were destroyed by treacherous winter winds and waves. A motor life boat;s crew are heroically involved in rescuing nearly all the tankers’ crewmen.

Zootopia/Zootropolis

The film is set for release March 2016

A story about animals in an animal world with no humans; the film is directed by Bryon Howard (Tangled) and features a city with different boroughs for each kind of animal: Sahara Square for desert animals, Tundratown for the cold ones, Little Rodentia is the mouse-y part of town and Burrow Borough for the bunnies who travel by Rabbit Transit. It’s a buddy movie about Nick Wilde, a fox and Lieutenant Judy Hoops, a rabbit; though they are natural enemies, the two must pair up to fight injustice.

It will be names Zootopia in the States and Zootropolis in the UK.

ZOOTROPOLIS

A fast-talking fox is framed for a crime he didn’t commit in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “ZOOTROPOLIS” in theaters in 2016. Disney. All Rights Reserved.

The Jungle Book

The film is set to be released in the US on April 15 2016

Jon Favreau will direct this live action remake of the classic Jungle Book tale of a boy who is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear and a black panther. Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Christopher Walken and Lupita Nyong’o are just some of the actors who have loaned their voices to the film for the animals and Neel Sethi will play Mowgli.

Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass

3D film scheduled for release 27 May 2016

This story of Alice will tell an ‘all-new’ tale that takes audiences back to Underland and back in time. Mia Wasikowska will return as Alice and Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway will also return to the roles that they played in the original in 2010. Stephen Fry, Alan Rickman and Michael Sheen will voice the Cheshire Cat, the Blue Caterpillar and the White Rabbit respectively and Sacha Baron Cohen and Rhys Ifans have also joined the cast.

The film looks to be set on the book of Lewis Carroll, with Through the Looking Glass following Alice’s mission to help the Mad Hatter after he guided her home in the first visit to Underland.

The original made more than $1 billion at the box office, so we’re sure they’re expecting a similar sort of success next year.

Finding Dory

The film is set for release on July 29 2016

The sequel to the original Finding Nemo from 2003. The friendly-but-forgetful blue fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way.

Pete’s Dragon

The film is set for release in the US on August 12 2016

The story is a reinvention of the 1977 film that revolves around Pete and his best friend Elliot, who happens to be a dragon. This first film was a musical, but sources say that this version will be a straight narrative. The film will be live action with CGI used to bring the dragon to life.

Moana

The film is set for release on December 26 2016

According to Deadline, Moana follows a teenage Polynesian Princess undertaking a mythical quest. She uses seafaring skills to search for a fabled island in her ancient South Pacific home of Oceania. Along the way she meets a demigod names Maui, and the action-packed movie follows the duo as they face enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.

Moana will be the fifth Princess of colour in Disney’s official line and Rom Clements and John Musker will direct, and they’re no stranger to Disney either after helming Aladdin, Little Mermaid and The Princess and the Frog.

Moana

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