Disney has announced their upcoming animated series and films coming to Disney+ and theatres.
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Encanto is about “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
The film features original songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Byron Howard (Zootopia, Tangled) and Jared Bush (Zootopia co-director). It’s set for a November 24, 2021 release.
Turning Red is directed by Domee Shi (Pixar short Bao) and produced by Linsey Collins and is about ” Mei Lee, a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. And as if changes to her interests, relationships and body weren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited (which for a teenager is practically ALWAYS), she “poofs” into a giant red panda.”
Turning Red hits theatres on March 11th, 2022.
Lightyear will tell the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, “the hero who inspired the toy”, the film will show “how a young test pilot became the Space Ranger that we all know him to be today”.
Chris Evans will voice Buzz and the film will be directed by Angus MacLane (Toy Story of Terror) and produced by Galyn Susman. It’s set to be released on June 17th, 2022.
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Baymax is Walt Disney Animation Studios’ first-ever animated series, which takes place in San Fransokyo. The series is set to premiere in early 2022 on Disney+.
Zootopia+ is a short-form series and directed by Trent Correy and Josie Trinidad. The series will “dives deeper into the lives of some of the feature film’s most intriguing characters, including Fru Fru, the newly married arctic shrew; Gazelle’s talented tiger dancers; and the sloth full of surprises, Flash.”
Zootopia+ premieres in Spring 2022 on Disney.
Iwájú is an all-new original series coming to Disney+ in 2022. It’s a collaboration between Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pan-African comic book entertainment company Kugali and its founders Tolu Olowofoyeku, Ziki Nelson and Hamid Ibrahim.
Tiana from the animated film, The Princess and The Frog is getting her own Disney+ animated series. It’ll be a long-form musical-comedy series that will show Tiana as the princess of the kingdom of Maldonia. The series is set to debut in 2023.
Moana will also be getting her own long-form animated series for Disney+ in 2023. The series will ” follows spirited
voyager Moana as she ventures far beyond the reef.”
Pixar has two all-new series coming to Disney+. The first is set in the Cars universe with Lightning McQueen and his best friend Mater going on a cross-country road trip. The series was written by Steve Purcell and produced by Marc Sondheimer, it’ll launch in Fall 2022.
The other series is Win of Lose which is Pixar’s first original long-form animated series. According to Disney, “Each 20-minute episode highlights the perspective of a different character and explores the drama of bad calls made on and
off the field.” The show will debut in 2023.