Walt Disney continue to dominate the movies, and their recently released line-up through 2021 holds details of no less than 38 films set for release. The House of Mouse is dominating Hollywood right now, with both Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm under its umbrella, and has also been scoring home runs with original movies like Zootopia and Moana.
While Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe are a big piece of the Disney pie, the company still has plenty of upcoming movies that fall under the brand of family-friendly fairy tales and adventures – both live-action and animated. Here’s a rundown of every upcoming non-Marvel/Star Wars Disney movie, from 2017 to 2021.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – May 26th, 2017
The Disney onslaught kicks off with a return to one of the studio’s most popular franchises: The Pirates of the Caribbean. The fifth Pirates movie sees Johnny Depp returning as Captain Jack Sparrow, alongside Geoffrey Rush as Hector Barbossa and Orlando Bloom as Will Turner, while Javier Bardem joins the franchise as the undead Captain Salazar. The movie is being touted as a reboot of the franchise that will return it to its ghost story origins, and early reactions the Dead Men Tell no Tales have been widely positive. Regardless of reviews, though, this movie seems set to be a box office success for the House of Mouse.
Cars 3 – June 16th, 2017
It’s been six years since the last Cars movie was released, and it’s widely regarded as being not all that great. Cars 3 takes us back to Lightning McQueen’s racing roots, only now he’s older, and finding it hard to keep up with the next generation of race cars. Two new main characters are introduced; Jackson Storm, who is McQueen’s nemesis, and Cruz Ramierez, McQueen’s new trainer. Storm may race faster, but McQueen can race smarter, and with the help of Ramirez, he sets about trying to reclaim his place as world number one. There’s a good deal of positive buzz for Cars 3, and the merchandise will, of course, be everywhere. Expect it to be one of the big family films of the summer.
Coco – November 22nd, 2017
Coco is an animated Pixar adventure directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3). Trailers for Coco look really promising, mostly because it’s something different, and entirely original. The movie is set during the Day of the Dead Festival, something that most people outside of Mexico have heard of, but few have any experience of. Young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (voiced by Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel somehow finds himself in the Land of the Dead where he meets a Mexican trickster god called Hector, and together they discover the real story behind Miguel’s family history. It’s hard not to love the look of Coco already; let’s just hope the movie lives up to expectations.