Whether you work in animation or 3D, or just appreciate the immense talent at work at the apex of the CG world, the announcement of a new animated movie from Disney is a very big deal. So we were truly excited last week by the company's D23 Expo, where we got details and artwork of not one, not two, but 10 brand new Disney movies, coming our way in 2014-2016. Here's what we have to look forward to...
01. The Good Dinosaur
Disney/Pixar's The Good Dinosaur reimagines history - the giant asteroid never hit the Earth, the dinosaurs never became extinct and they continued to thrive and live alongside humans. The story follows Arlo, a teenage Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event rattles Arlo's tranquil community, he sets out on a quest to restore peace and teams up with a young human boy named Spot.
Voice talents will be provided by Lucas Neff, Bill Hader, Judy Greer, Neil Patrick Harris, John Lithgow and Frances McDormand. Directed by Bob Peterson and Peter Sohn, the movie will go on general release on May 30, 2014.
02. Planes: Fire & Rescue
Planes: Fire & Rescue is the sequel to the Cars spin-off Planes, currently in cinemas. Dane Cook returns as the voice of Dusty, alongside Julie Bowen as the voice of Lil' Dipper. Directed by Bobs Gannaway, the story sees world famous air racer Dusty joining forces with a team of aerial fire fighters and learns what it takes to become a true hero. It's released on July 18, 2014.
Although Cars was a Disney/Pixar collaboration, Pixar wasn't involved with Planes, which hasn't been receiving great reviews in the press to date. But Disney clearly has faith in the franchise, so we're intrigued to see how the sequel develops the characters and their world of talking aircraft further.
03. Big Hero 6
Inspired by the Marvel comic of the same name, 3D CG animation Big Hero 6 tells the story of robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the high-tech city of San Fransokyo.
With the help of a robot named Baymax, Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to stop them. Big Hero 6 arrives in cinemas on November 7, 2014.
04. Inside Out
From Pete Docter, the director of Up and Monsters, Inc, Disney/Pixar's Inside Out takes you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind. The action takes place inside the brain of 11-year-old girl and how a mixture of five emotions - voiced by Amy Poehler ('Joy'), Lewis Black ('Anger'), Mindy Kaling 'Disgust'), Phyllis Smith ('Sadness'), and Bill Hader ('Fear') - interact with each other. It's scheduled for release on June 19, 2015.
05. Finding Dory
The much-anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo, we first told you about Disney/Pixar's Finding Dory back in April. But at D23, Disney released the first still from the movie (shown above), and revealed who'll be providing the voices. Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks return as Dory and Marlin, while Diane Keaton will play Dory's mom, Eugene Levy her dad and Ty Burrell will be the voice of Bailey. Andrew Stanton also returns as director of the sequel, planned for release on Nov 25, 2015.
06. Toy Story OF TERROR!
This spooky new 30-minute special from Disney/Pixar features favourite characters from the Toy Story films. What starts out as a fun road trip for the gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate. From director Angus MacLane and producer Galyn Susman, Toy Story OF TERROR! premieres on October 16, 2013.
07. The Pirate Fairy
Disneytoon Studios' The Pirate Fairy is the newest adventure in the Disney Fairies franchise. Directed by Peggy Holmes, it will feature Christina Hendricks as the voice of Zarina, and Tom Hiddleston as the young James, aka Captain Hook.
When a misunderstood dust-keeper fairy named Zarina steals Pixie Hollow's all-important Blue Pixie Dust, and flies away to join forces with the pirates of Skull Rock, Tinker Bell and her fairy friends must embark on the adventure of a lifetime to return it to its rightful place. The movie will hit cinemas in Spring 2014.
Also at D23, Byron Howard (director of Tangled) and writer Jared Bush shared plans for an upcoming comedy adventure with the working title of Zootopia. In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who's trying to make it big goes on the run when he's framed for a crime he didn't commit. Zootopia's top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they're forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends. In theaters in 2016.
09. Monsters University: Party Central
The Good Dinosaur will be shown in cinemas alongside a new Monsters University short from Disney/Pixar, Party Central, from May 30, 2014. Mike and Sulley are back at Monsters University for a fun-filled weekend with their Oozma Kappa fraternity brothers. The gang is throwing their first party, but no one's showing up - so Mike and Sulley put their heads together and come up with a cunning plan.
10. Legend of the NeverBeast
Directed by Steve Loter, Legend of the NeverBeast takes the Disney Fairies on an epic action adventure. Animal fairy Fawn believes you can't judge a book by its cover - or an animal by its fangs - so she befriends a huge and mysterious creature known as the NeverBeast. But Tink and her friends aren’t so sure about this scary addition to Pixie Hollow. The animated movie - for which no images have yet been released - will arrive in cinemas Spring 2015.
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