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Disney's Upcoming Movie Releases - From 2017 to 2021

Untitled Disney Live-Action Fairytale - March 29th, 2019

It’s really a case of take your pick, here; Disney has so many live-action remakes in the works that it’s impossible to pinpoint one for this release date. Jungle Book 2 will probably be further off than this date, given all the CG work required, and the same could be said for Dumbo. However, this spot could potentially be taken by the Christopher Robin focused Winnie the Pooh live-action movie

Untitled Disneytoon Movie - April 12th, 2019

We have no idea on this one, and any suggestions are welcome. The only guess we can come up with, is the possibility of a DuckTales movie; Disneytoon made the last one, and the show is set for a reboot on Disney XD this summer, featuring David Tennant as the voice of Scrooge McDuck. There is absolutely nothing confirmed from Disney regarding a possible big screen transition; rather, this is what we’re hoping for.

Toy Story 4 - June 21st, 2019

Toy Story 4 recently had its release date shifted, and it’s claimed the spot that was originally taken by The Incredibles 2. That’s fine; we get Incredibles sooner, and Toy Story 4 will have plenty of time to be perfected. What’s not to love about a return to the Toy Story franchise? Most of us grew up with these movies, and most of us also sobbed like babies at the end of Toy Story 3.

John Lasseter directs the movie that he said wouldn’t happen, with Tom Hanks and Tim Allen back as Woody and Buzz, respectively. Toy Story 4 is a standalone movie rather than a continuation of the current arc. Lasseter was so happy with the storyline that he knew he needed to direct the movie himself, and that storyline is said to be a love story between Woody and Bo Peep, who was absent from the third movie.

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The Lion King - July 19th, 2019

Another Disney classic getting the live-action treatment, The Lion King is already assembling an all-star voice cast; Donald Glover plays the adult Simba, and to the delight of everyone, James Earl Jones voices Mufasa (there couldn’t be anyone else). Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner team up to deliver all the wit and wisdom of Timon and Pumbaa. The Lion King is directed by Jon Favreau; a safe pair of hands after his success with The Jungle Book. As yet, no casting has been announced for Scar, but we’re fervently hoping Jeremy Irons is in talks.

Untitled Disney Live-Action Movie - August 9th, 2019

This could be a Disney original, something that is quite a novel concept from within this lineup. Let’s be real, we have no clue. Maybe Cruella, the movie about the infamous puppy slaying villain from 101 Dalmatians? Or something completely different.

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Untitled Disney Live-Action Fairytale Movie - November 8th, 2019

We don’t know what fits here, and Disney are deliberately not naming movies in these date slots in order that things can be easily switched around. It’s a difficult slot to fill, given the next movie lined up, but we could well see Dumbo or even The Little Mermaid sitting here. It’s unlikely to be Jungle Book 2, though, so soon after The Lion King.

Frozen 2 - November 27th, 2019

This is going to be huge, make no mistake. While some of us might still be trying to get the original soundtrack out of our heads, Disney will be aiming for a repeat performance of the movie that captured the whole world back in 2013. The question is - will that ever happen, or has Frozen’s original fanbase (namely those under 10) moved on? The curse of the sequel is a hard thing to evade, even for Disney, and six years is a long time to wait for more adventures with Olaf.

Untitled Disney Live-Action Fairytale - December 20th, 2019

To round out the year, Disney delivers yet another live-action movie, which is based on a fairytale. That makes 5 live-action movies in the year, three of which are billed as fairytale’s. To be fair, Disney have a lot of them to shoe in somewhere or another. Before you ask, no, we have no idea what sits here, either.

Key Release Dates
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) release date: May 26, 2017
  • Cars 3 (2017) release date: Jun 16, 2017
  • Coco (2017) release date: Nov 22, 2017
  • A Wrinkle In Time (2018) release date: Mar 09, 2018
  • Incredibles 2 (2018) release date: Jun 15, 2018
  • Mulan (2020) release date: Mar 27, 2020
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet/Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018) release date: Nov 21, 2018
  • Mary Poppins Returns (2018) release date: Dec 19, 2018
  • The Lion King (2019) release date: Jul 19, 2019
  • Frozen 2 (2019) release date: Nov 29, 2019
  • Indiana Jones 5 (2021) release date: Jul 09, 2021
  • Gigantic (2020) release date: Nov 25, 2020
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