During its Pixar and Disney Animation Studios panel at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, on Friday, The Walt Disney Company provided fresh information regarding its future slate of animated motion pictures and television programmes.
Following the epidemic, animated films that were released theatrically performed poorly at the box office. Initially, parents were reluctant to take their children back to the movies, but it appears that subpar films and a rise in children’s streaming entertainment have made families stay at home more frequently.
While these choices were made at a time when vaccinations were either not available to children or moviegoing foot traffic was slow, it trained consumers to expect these titles on streaming. Disney has exacerbated this problem since movie theatres reopened by placing the majority of its new Pixar films on Disney+, including “Turning Red,” “Soul,” and “Luca.”
It contributed to “Lightyear’s” underwhelming theatre debut this summer, among other things. Naturally, a convoluted plot that strayed from what made the Toy Story franchise so exceptional damaged the movie as well.
During the panel on Friday, Disney unveiled new films from Pixar and its Walt Disney Animation Studio as well as ones connected to its live-action remakes. Additionally, it will reveal which movies will be released in theatres and which will be available on Disney+.
At the D23 Expo, Pixar’s chief creative officer, Pete Docter, announced new films from the animation studio that will be released in theatres and on Disney+ in the upcoming years.
The summer 2023 release “Elemental” depicts the tale of a busy metropolis where the earth, air, fire, and water elements coexist. However, when a fire girl and a water guy fall in love, they must figure out how to communicate despite being complete opposites. The movie also addresses themes of immigration and finding your place in the world, according to director Peter Sohn.
“Win or Lose,” the company’s first-ever long-form series, will debut on Disney+. Two storyboard artists came up with the idea for the programme, which follows the tale of the Pickles softball team in the week leading up to their title game. The same week is depicted in each episode, albeit from the viewpoint of a different major character.
The studio’s newest film, “Elio,” is about an 11-year-old named Elio who is just trying to fit in. Elio accidently makes initial contact with an extraterrestrial species and ends up serving as the de facto representative for Earth while his mother is working on a top-secret military project to decode alien communications. The movie will premiere in 2024 spring.
Riley is now a teenager and there are new emotions entering the mix in the sequel to 2015’s “Inside Out,” which Amy Poehler and Docter announced on stage. The movie debuts in 2024 summer.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ chief creative officer, Jennifer Lee, introduced a number of fresh initiatives.
Lee first said that “Zootopia+” would debut in November. The programme consists of a collection of short films that focus on key figures from the 2016 feature film.
“Iwaju” will be added to Disney+ thanks to a partnership between Disney and Kugali Media. The Nigerian-based television show centres on a young heiress named Tola and a street kid named Kole. In 2023, it will be available on streaming services.
A trailer for “Strange Worlds,” which hits theatres on Thanksgiving 2022, was released by the company. The Clades are a family of explorers who, in spite of their differences, must rely on one another to travel across an undiscovered and perilous new territory.
Disney Animation’s 2023 feature film is titled “Wish.” It looks into the creation of the dreaming star, which so many Disney characters have desired for. The movie is set in the Kingdom of Roses and centres on Asha, a cheerful person with a quick wit. In a moment of despair, Asha makes an impassioned appeal to the stars because she perceives a darkness in the kingdom that no one else does. This causes Star, a real star with the ability to fulfil wishes, to fall to Earth.
Ariana DeBose portrays Asha, and Alan Tudyk plays a goat named Valentino. Tudyk ran through his collection of Disney characters, including Duke Weaselton from “Frozen,” Hei Hei from “Moana,” and King Candy from “Wreck-it Ralph,” as DeBose sang an original song from the movie.
Disney released new trailers for “Hocus Pocus 2,” which will be available on Disney+ on September 30, and “Disenchanted,” the follow-up to 2007’s “Enchanted,” which will be available on the streaming service on November 24.
Following the Thursday launch of “Pinocchio” on Disney+, the studio unveiled a plethora of fresh additions to its library of Disney live-action remakes.
In 2023, Disney+ will release “Peter Pan & Wendy,” starring Alexander Molony as Peter, Ever Anderson as Wendy, and Alyssa Wapanatahk as Tiger Lily. Captain Hook is portrayed by Jude Law.
The “Haunted Mansion” movie is expected to hit theatres on March 10, 2023. Easter eggs from the well-known Disney parks ride may be found throughout the film, which was directed by former Disneyland cast member Justin Simien. Simien said Jamie Lee Curtis would play Madam Leota in the movie during the discussion panel.
“Mufasa: The Lion Monarch,” a previously unnamed Lion King project by Barry Jenkin, recounts Mufasa’s life from cub to king. The D23 Expo showcased clips that have the same breathtaking visuals as “The Lion King,” which will be released in theatres in 2024.
The production company has provided a small trailer for “Snow White,” which will hit theatres in 2024. Gal Gadot plays the Evil Queen in the movie, and Rachel Zegler plays the title role. As Gadot entered the stage, the audience erupted in cheers. After being so frequently featured in more heroic roles, the “Wonder Woman” actress admitted that playing the villain was enjoyable.
Zegler and Anderson both mentioned how the company made an effort to give traditional characters like Snow White and Wendy more agency and offer a contemporary spin on these old tales.
The whole “Part of Your World” sequence from “The Little Mermaid” remake, directed by Rob Marshall, has been made available. When Halle Bailey entered the stage, there was a loud round of applause and a standing ovation for her performance. The movie debuts on May 26, 2023, in theatres.