Recently, Disney held it’s annual expo where it talks about all of the new films, television shows and resort upgrades that will premiere in the next few years. There’s some mixed feelings about most of the new announcements, so let’s talk.

Disney is making a brand new live-action Jungle Book for 2016. many people are feeling a bit nervous about this new idea, as the Jungle Book is one of those childhood movies that you keep on VHS until you’re 30. However, I feel like this film has potential. Disney recently released Cinderella, a live action version of the original cartoon. The film was absolutely gorgeous to look at and updated a few of the messages within the film. Jungle Book has this same opportunity. Bottom line: If the film is great, great. If the film is terrible? Everyone will forget about it.

Check out the trailer here.

Frozen

Well, everyone’s favorite ice queen is hitting the stage at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Park, booting out the ever timeless and popular Aladdin. I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m a little sick of Frozen. I jam out to “Let It Go” from time to time, but I feel like Disney has more to offer us these days. Where’s our Princess and the Frog restaurant? Where’s our Inside Out ride? I know little kids love it, but Disney is a family company. It’s time that Disney “lets it go” and give us more content in the parks that everyone can enjoy.

Guardians of The Galaxy

People everywhere are “hooked on the feeling” that Guardians of the Galaxy gives out. What better way to expand their audience to the younger superhero fans out there than to create an animated show? This month, watch for Rocket Raccoon and Groot gracing the small screen and watching their mouths on Disney’s latest “Marvel”. (…Get it?)

Pirates of the Caribbean

Another film with Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp? Sign me up! While Bloom may not take center stage in Dead Men Tell No Tales, the new film will be a nice excuse to marathon the first four movies and to get re-immersed into the swashbuckling and hilarious world of Pirates of the Caribbean! I’m looking forward to seeing how this film plays out. It’s due in theaters 2017.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

How much do I really need to say? This soon-to-be blockbuster hits theaters in December. While critics and fans were unsure of this film when it was first announced, I predict lines around the theaters on opening day (and the rest of the week). This film will either do or do not, as there is no try.

Alice Through The Looking Glass

We all remember the remake of Alice in Wonderland, don’t we? It was every scene, goth and emo kid’s dream movie. With the neon colors, abstract characters and Johnny Depp as a lead, we could only assume so much. Disney’s choice to make a sequel with a different director is an interesting one, especially when replacing Tim Burton. Anyone remember when Joel Schumacher took Batman away from Burton?

Yeah, I don’t want to either. Hopefully this film brings back more of the original story, and not more of… well, this.

Toy Story

Remember how tear jerking and heartfelt the end of Toy Story 3 was? Remember how you were wiping away tears of sadness and joy? Well, unfortunately: That’s not the end of the story. Toy Story 4, coming into theaters June 2017, follows the story of Woody, Buzz and the whole toy gang searching for Bo Peep, Woody’s original love interest. While she was a minor character, this could be interesting to have another female lead who, in most ways, is the polar opposite of cowgirl Jessie. This leads to a few questions that only time will answer: Are Buzz and Jessie a couple now? Will Andy make an appearance? And what new toys await our favorite plastic heroes? Personally, I’m hoping to see those toys from Sid’s house in the first film. They were always my favorite.

Zootopia

This has to be the film I’m the most worried about. If you haven’t seen the trailer, I’ll sum it up for you. It’s a cop drama meets Madagascar. Doesn’t sound like the worst idea. But look at these character designs:

Yeah. With a sexualized anthropomorphic children’s character like that, I can’t imagine that it will be the next Bug’s Life.

Moana

This film has tons of hype and deserves every bit of it. Moana, a Polynesian Disney princess, is a curvy, muscular, adventurous girl who sets sail to finish her ancestor’s quests. She’s dark skinned, daring and did I mention that her waist isn’t like 16 inches around? I’m so excited for Disney to get back to making princesses that kick some ass.

Gigantic

The last film I want to talk about is Gigantic. It’s a spin on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk story. Set in the exploration era of Spanish history, a man named Jack meets the ginormous Inma, an eleven-year-old girl who’s wandered from home. The film looks to be a heartwarming, but slightly forgettable story.


I know I didn’t mention Finding Dory, Captain America Civil War, all the other Star Wars news, The Good Dinosaur or Coco, but I will definitely be doing reviews when these films come out. Disney does a fairly good job at keeping plots secret, so not much is known about these films. I’ll keep you all updated!

About madisongarland

Hi! I'm Madi, a college-student studying Communications and Elementary Education. I strive to deconstruct, study and suggest improvements for media aimed towards the most impressionable audiences. I've always loved cartoons and children's programming. Come follow me and help children everywhere!

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