Last week, Disney held its Investor Day for 2020 and announced a slew of new movies and TV shows from its brands and studios. A prime example is Moana and Tiana getting their own shows. With so many new titles, here is a quick recap of the main animated features in development or soon to be released from Disney.
Raya and the Last Dragon
On March 5, 2021, Disney will debut its 59th film, Raya and the Last Dragon, in theaters and on Disney+ with a Premier Access fee. The film is directed by Don Hall (Big Hero 6) and Carlos López Estrada (Blindspotting) with John Ripa (Moana) and Paul Briggs (Frozen) as co-directors. Voice talents include Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) as Raya and Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) as Sisu. New characters revealed, according to Animation World Network, are “a street-savvy 10-year-old entrepreneur named Boun, the formidable giant Tong, and a thieving toddler Noi with her band of Ongis.”
Disney also announced another upcoming Disney film called Encanto, schedule for November 2021. The movie will take audiences to Colombia where magic thrives within a village.
Encantotells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal—every child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope.
Encanto will be directed by Byron Howard (Tangled) and Jared Bush (Zootopia), with Charise Castro Smith as co-director. Lin-Manual Miranda (Moana) will provide new songs for the film.
Ever wondered about the story behind the toy Buzz Lightyear? According to Deadline, in June 2022, Pixar will tell the definitive origins story of the young test pilot who inspired the creation of our favorite space cowboy. Perhaps appropriate for such a heroic, bold role, Chris Evans (Captain America) will voice the lead character; Angus MacLane (Finding Dory) will direct the film.
Also in development is another Pixar film from Domee Shi (Oscar-winning Bao short) called Turning Red, via Deadline. The movie will follow Mei, a teenage girl, who turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets excited.
The Bad Batch
Lucasfilm Animation, Polygon reports, is bringing a new spin-off series: The Bad Batch. A follow-up to the popular Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Bad Batch will follow a group of elite clones, whose genes vary from the standard clone trooper, in the aftermath of the Clone Wars as they struggle to survive as budding mercenaries. Davie Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) will direct the animated series.
What if Peggy Carter took up the shield instead of Steve Rogers? According to Screen Rant, that question along with several others will be explored in a brand-new series, developed and written by A.C. Bradley, with Jeffrey Wright as the narrator. Debuting next summer on Disney+, Marvel will explore alternate stories that vastly diverge from the typical MCU films that we know and love.
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Kelly Conley identifies herself as a lifelong bookworm, aspiring writer and editor, chronic chocoholic, and animated movie lover. She also enjoys playing volleyball with her family and friends. Kelly is currently studying Professional Writing and Information Design at Cedarville University, Ohio. As a little girl, Kelly was fed a steady diet of Disney and Pixar classics. Her favorite ones growing up included Disney’s famous Beauty and the Beast and Pixar’s delectable Ratatouille. Animated movies have always been magical to Kelly even as an adult. With the simple ingredients of a good story, music, colors, voices, and a strong imagination, new worlds and characters can be created and brought to the silver screen for everyone to enjoy.
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