Disney’s six major animated movies for 2014-2016
By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
The cute critters from Frozen.
So, maybe you won’t find any cake at this party, but Walt Disney Animation celebrates its 90th anniversary with a huge chunk of news. The studio opened its D3 Expo convention on Friday by unveiling clips and exclusive information from their up and coming movies: Zootopia, Big Hero 6, Frozen, The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out, and Finding Dory. Yeah, woah! That’s a lot of info to swallow, but at least now you won’t have to say, “Wow, I don’t know what to watch at the theaters!”
Breaking down the information so you aren’t scrolling up and down in a frenzy, let’s start with Zootopia (in which that foxy fellow up at the top of the article appears). The animated movie takes animals to an entirely new level by focusing on the modern world they have created. Director Byron Howard and writer Jared Bush introduced Zootopia as a comedic twist to modern society and its stereotypes. The movie features city sites for the animals to live in, such as Tundra Town (for cold weather animals), Sahara Square (a cross between the city of Dubai and Monte Carlo), a Rain Forest district, Little Rodentia (a home for mice), and Burrow Borough (home to rabbits). The movie will focus on the main characters, Nick Wilde (a fox) and Judy Hops (a rabbit), as they form an uncanny friendship to help clear their names after being wrongfully framed for a crime they didn’t commit. The movie is set to hit theaters in 2016.
The next movie the panel focused on was Frozen, which is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Snow Queen.” The story focuses on two sisters, Anna, who is a warm and curious young princess, and her emotionally distant older sister Elsa. Elsa has been recently crowned ruler of Arundel, a fictional kingdom based on the natural beauty of Norway, which Anna is starting to realize may not be the best idea. Fans of Broadway can probably tell you a little more about the voice actors, but Idina Menzel (Wicked) and Jon Groff (Spring Awakening), are just two of the fantastic voices you will hear this upcoming November.
A friendly dino from The Good Dinosaur.
If fuzzy animals aren’t your thing, then you may want to pet some puppies. Or maybe, you can just catch Disney’s other animation flick The Good Dinosaur. Taking you back 65 million something years to the land before time, The Good Dinosaur is exactly what you expect it to be about, but with a twist. Pixar showed off the first footage, following a large potato-shaped asteroid as it hurtles through space on a collision course with the Earth and… misses. Despite dinosaurs still roaming years later, The Good Dinosaur tells the story of Arlo, an Apatosaurus dinosaur, that finds a savage little human boy named Spot. Spot isn’t afraid of anyone, including the dinosaurs, and causes a mess with the land these dinosaurs have come to claim as their own. The movie is set to debut sometime in 2014.
Next on Disney’s list of animated flicks is Big Hero 6. The movie is set in “San Fransokyo,” a mix of San Francisco, CA, and Tokyo, Japan, following a 14-year-old robotics expert Hiro Hamada. After losing his brother, Hamada finds the cure to a broken heart in his inflatable (yes, inflatable!) robot named Baymex. If you’re still a little disappointed about Zootopia being so far away, Big Hero 6 can help you fill in that void with its 2014 release. You can find Disney’s first look at the San Francisco and Tokyo city mashup in the trailer down there at the bottom.
The “emotions” of Inside Out.
Talking dogs, dinosaurs, snowmen… what hasn’t Disney done?! Well, apparently they haven’t taken you out of your own mind. For the first time ever, Disney’s getting inside your head with their newest project Inside Out. The movie takes a look inside the minds of a mother, father, and an 11-year-old daughter going through a rough patch after moving to a new city. Riley, the once happy-go-lucky pre-teen is uprooted from her life in Minnesota to the unwelcoming San Francisco. That’s when the emotions inside her head take over; Anger (played by Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyliss Smith), and Joy (Amy Poehler) all fight and miscommunicate inside her head to keep her functioning. It’s Disney at an angle you’ve never seen before, and I have to say, it’s probably what I’m most excited about.
If these last films don’t have you thrilled for Pixar’s takeover, then this next one will get you splashing for joy. Finding Nemo 2, also known as Finding Dory, is (finally!) in production. Though the script is still heavily in the works, Pixar released its first bit of information. The Finding Dory ending has been altered to inform viewers of the harsh reality surrounding whales held in captivity. Originally, the movie had small details of whales held in places like SeaWorld, but after the trailer of BlackFish (a documentary focusing on whales and their mistreatment in captivity), the Disney flick has since been changed to show whales in captivity being set free. Though no other information has been given on the movie, I’m glad that Disney’s taking this time to not only entertain kids, but also inform them.
So, it looks like these next three years are going to be an exciting one for Disney and its fans. As info keeps rolling in and more trailers are released, you can be sure I’ll be in on the scoop!
Images and video courtesy of Disney.