With the 2014 releases of hit films like “Frozen” and “Maleficent,” Disney fans cannot wait to see what else the classic film company has in store. As Disney Studios undoubtedly continues its tradition of animated film releases, the success of “Maleficent” with Angelina Jolie predicts a promising future for its live-action features as well. Here are seven exciting new Disney films that have been confirmed for future release.
“Big Hero 6” is set for release in November of 2014. This upcoming Disney-Pixar film is an animated adventure about robots and superheroes that takes place in the fictional city of San Fransokyo. Robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada and his robot friend, Baymax, find themselves unwillingly involved in a criminal plot to destroy the city, so they team up with a team of inexperienced superheroes to bring the criminals to justice. This is the first Marvel movie to be released by Disney; however, it is not intended to become a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Cinderella” is much like “Maleficent;” in that, it is a live-action reboot of a popular fairy tale made famous by Disney’s animated version, originally released in 1950. Scheduled for a 2014 release, “Cinderella” tells the story of Ella, a young woman left to the abuse of her stepmother and two stepsisters after her father unexpectedly passes away. When she meets a handsome stranger in the woods, who she believes is a palace employee, her circumstances begin to change.
“The Good Dinosaur” is an animated adventure set for release in the second half of 2015, and it follows the story of a teenage Apatosaurus, named Arlo, who encounters a human boy named Spot. The two become fast friends, and unexpected adventures ensue. The all-star voice cast features Judy Greer, Neil Patrick Harris and John Lithgow. This prehistoric adventure was originally set for a 2014 release, but challenges in the latter part of the script forced Disney Studios to postpone the release date to 2015. Audiences eagerly wait to see what is in store for Arlo and Spot.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is a highly-anticipated installment, set for a 2016 release. The original “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy has captivated audiences with exciting adventures, filled with pirates and fantastical creatures. The fourth installment continues the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa. Though not much is known about this fifth film, Johnny Depp is confirmed to return in his iconic role as Jack Sparrow.
The studio release of “Finding Dory” is set for 2016. More than a decade after the release of the wildly successful “Finding Nemo,” the beloved, underwater adventure is finally getting a sequel. Although plot details are scarce, the title suggests that the film focuses heavily on Marlin’s big-hearted, funny sidekick Dory. Judging from the positive reception of the first film, and a host of eager fans, “Finding Dory” is likely to be one of the year’s biggest blockbusters.
“The King of the Elves” is based on a short story by Philip K. Dick; this film was shelved back in 2009, and its release date is currently unknown. However, various sources have confirmed that it is back in development. The story follows a group of elves and a dwarf living in the Mississippi Delta. When a human named Calder rescues them from a troll, they make him their king. The film is directed by Chris Williams, who also directed “Bolt.”
“Zootopia” is a fun-filled animated adventure, scheduled for a 2016 release. It follows a clever fox in Zootopia, a city of animals, as he tries to make it big. When he is framed for a crime, he goes into hiding, but a rabbit cop vows to capture him. Soon both discover that the conspiracy is bigger than the two of them; and, they reluctantly team up to find and catch whoever is truly to blame. The early artwork for “Zootopia” reveals a return to Disney’s anthropomorphic-animal roots, and promises to deliver a great family film .
Since the early part of the 20th century, Disney has been enchanting children and adults alike with fantastical stories filled with heroes, princesses, animals and more. Although Disney does have a few sequels in the works, the company’s greatest draws is its emphasis on original stories and its ability to re-telling treasured fairy tales. The future line-up of films boasts a pleasant blend of old and new, which Disney fans are sure to appreciate.