Planning out your movie watching calendar? This new Disney Movies List is a must read, be sure to bookmark it for upcoming release info!
Thank you to Disney for hosting me as media at the D23 Expo.
Are you a Disney movies buff? The D23 Expo this year was full of announcements that had every Disney fan glued to social media for updates. From updates about the Parks themselves, to the latest Disney Plus info……there was a LOT to take in. But some of the most exciting updates? Came from the Walt Disney Studios panel. This jam packed session had updates from Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, Disney Live Action, Pixar Studios and Disney Animation. Whatever your favorite, you'll be adding some new dates to your Disney Movies List and calendar. The upcoming Disney Slates look nothing short of…..magical!
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Ok Star Wars fans. Prepare yourselves, and your calendars. The first announcement shared a bit more about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. This conclusion to the Star Wars story will release on December 20, 2019 in US theaters……..and promises to be as epic as the originals. It stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran and Billy Dee Williams (who all appeared onstage along with our favorite droids). The newest film poster was revealed during the panel and was EXTREMELY well received (think screams and gasps).
Want to add Marvel info to your Disney Movies list? The D23 Expo panel had a LOT to offer. For the first time, info on the follow up to Black Panther was announced. We learned that Black Panther 2 (working title) will release in US theatres on May 6th, 2022 and is already in production.
Also showcased, The Eternals hits US theaters on November 6, 2020 andhouses an all star cast including Salma Hayek, Don Lee and Angelina Jolie plus three NEWLY announced cast members Gemma Chan (playing Sersi), Kit Harington (playing Dane Whitman – a non-Eternal) and Barry Keoghan (playing Druig).
The final Marvel Studios news? We got a sneak peek at Black Widow (releasing in theatres May 1,2020). This girl power focused film looks AMAZING (the full scene we watched was packed with action and one of the best fight scenes I've ever seen).
Disney Live Action:
Only Disney would kick off the Disney Live Action section of the panel in such an epic fashion……..Dwayne Johnson entered the expo on a boat. Actually rolled in on a boat. The energy surrounding Johnson, Emily Blunt and their upcoming release Jungle Cruise was over the top. Their chemistry is undeniable, and the scenes from the film looked entertaining and VERY well done. Jungle Cruise will release in US theatres on July 24, 2020 and is a must add to your Disney Movies List.
Coming SOON? Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. This follow up to the 2014 film will again star Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning. And will follow Aurora's marriage to Prince Phillip along with the power stuggle between Maleficent and Phillip's mother. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil comes to US theaters on October 18, 2019. If you loved the first film, this one is a MUST see.
Also coming soon? Live-action Mulan. The footage of this looks STUNNING, and seems to truly represent Mulan's motivation to protect her family's honor. Mulan releases in US theaters on March 27, 2020 and promises to be a girl power must see.
The final piece of the live action panel? We got our first glimpse of Emma Stone as Cruella. This May 2021 film looks hip and edgy showing Cruella with a punk rock edge and Emma Stone looked AMAZING!
Pixar Animation Studios had some major news at the D23 Expo. With two new releases coming soon, Pixar has a LOT to add to your Disney Movies list.
Onward will be releasing in US theaters on March 6, 2020 and looks like the next in a long list of Pixar home runs. The film stars fan favorites Tom Holland and Chris Pratt as two elf brothers who will take the audience on a quest to discover where there is magic left in the world. In true Pixar fashion, the story has many layers to appeal to kids and adults alike and addresses loss of a parent, loss of innocence, and the magic we all search for.
Next up? NEXT summer's Soul (opening June 19, 2020). The story of Joe (voiced by Jamie Foxx), a middle-school band teacher who dreams of playing jazz music. Joe takes us along on his journey to the You Seminar, a place where our souls are born and our passions are crafted. The all star cast of Soul includes Ahmir Questlove Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs, Tina Fey and of course, Jamie Foxx. I'm not gonna lie, as the wife OF a jazz musician, the snippets we saw? Had me in tears. The music looks amazing and the storyline is sure to appeal to the dreamer in all of us.
Last at the Disney Studios panel? Walt Disney Animation Studios with some EPIC updates.
Frozen 2 opens in theaters this November (November 22,2019) and not ONLY welcomes back it's amazing cast from the first film but introduces two new cast members (Sterling K. Brown, as Lieutenant Destin Mattias, and Evan Rachel Wood, as Queen Iduna, Anna and Elsa’s mother.) The panel audience saw multiple clips from the film, including new music that promises to rival the popularity of Let it Go. We were also treated to a live performance from the cast of the new song Some Things Never Change. If you've got a Frozen fan in your family, this is an ABSOLUTE must see and should be at the top of your Disney Movies List.
Coming next Thanksgiving? Raya and the Last Dragon will release in US theaters on November 25, 2020. This stunning story shares the adventures of Raya, a warrior from the kingdom of Kumandra who brings the audience on her quest to find the world's last dragon. The panel audience saw a three minute clip, and were given exclusive info about the two members of the cast……Awkwafina who voices Sisu (the ACTUAL last dragon) and Cassie Steele who voices Raya.
With so many amazing films coming out of Disney Studios…..there's sure to be something for everyone. Which of these films is at the top of YOUR Must See Disney Movies List?