2016 is already shaping up to be a great year for Disney and the movies! We saw great movies in 2015, like Cinderella, Tomorrowland, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens – which is STILL smashing ticket sales at the box office after being released at the end of 2015.
“So what’s to come?” I hear you scream! Here is a rundown of a few of the Disney movies scheduled to be released this year.
The Finest Hours: Release Date January 29, 2016
Disney acquired the rights to this 2009 book written by Casey Sherman and Michael Tougias. The film is based on a true story of a rescue mission attempt off Cape Cod in 1952 by Coast Guard ships after two oil tankers, the SS Fort Mercer and the SS Pendleton, were destroyed by unforeseeable weather whilst at sea. The cast includes Chris Pine, Eric Bana and Casey Affleck.
Zootopia: Release Date March 4, 2016
Zootopia features the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin as first bunny officer Judy Hops and Jason Bateman as Nick. In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a fugitive fox con artist and rookie rabbit cop must work together to uncover a conspiracy that has them both as targets, and they are forced to discover that even natural enemies can become friends.
Jungle Book: Release Date April 2016
The eagerly anticipated Jungle Book, which will be released in 3D, is based on the ever-popular Rudyard Kipling book. The story follows a little boy, Mowgli, who is left to be raised by the animals of the jungle. Mowgli encounters animals that don’t necessarily have his best interests in mind, like Kaa the python and the smooth talker, King Louie. The cast includes Scarlet Johansson, Christopher Walken, Idris Elba and Bill Murray to name a few.
Captain America: Release Date May 6, 2016
Marvel Fans, don’t despair. Captain American is already tipped to be a box office hit after the trailers broke Marvel’s record for most views in 24 hours! The movie will see Captain America lead the team of Avengers (which has somewhat disbanded as of the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron). Will the Avengers manage to come together to fight evil or will their desire for something more keep the group fractured? Scarlett Johansson and Chris Pine once again reprise their roles as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Steve Rogers/Captain America.
Alice Through the Looking Glass: Release Date May 27, 2016
Alice returns back to Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter once again. The movie will bring back all the old faces from the first movie, Alice in Wonderland, and Mia Wasikowska will reprise her role as Alice.
Finding Dory: Release Date June 17, 2016
This is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Finding Nemo. Some of the original cast are back along with some new friends. The story centers around the ever-forgetful Dory reuniting with her family. The film will take place six months after the events of Finding Nemo and will be set off the coast of California. Moviegoers will see the return of Ellen DeGeneres as Dory and Albert Brookes as Marlin. Also appearing are new cast members Diane Keaton as Dory’s mother, Jenny, and Idris Elba.
Pete’s Dragon: Expected Release Date August 16, 2016
The movie will be based on the popular 1977 movie of the same name, and will take us back through the original storyline with one difference – the original soundtrack will be missing. The story centers around a young orphan who seeks refuge from his abusive adoptive parent. He gets help from a couple who live in a lighthouse and a pet magical dragon. The cast includes Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas, and Oakes Fegley as Pete.
Moana: Release Date November 23, 2016
This is the movie all the little girls have been waiting for! Disney’s first Polynesian princess, Moana Waiailiki, is a sea voyaging enthusiast and an only child. When her family needs help, she sets sail on her adventure. During her journey she battles the wild ocean and learns what the power of love between friends can achieve.
Which movie are you excited to see?