One of the main things Disney is known for is, of course, their films and this year is no different to any other. Disney is setting out to release even more films in 2013, besides the already talked about ‘Wreck It Ralph’, and you’ll be in for a treat.
Oz: The Great and Powerful – March 8, 2013 (Director: Sam Riami)
Disney’s fantastical adventure ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’, is an exciting new film which visits the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot -fame and fortune are his for the taking – until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity -and even a bit of wizardry – Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.
DisneyPixar’s Monsters University – June 21, 2013 (Director: Dan Scanlon)
Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) are like two peas in a pod, but that hasn’t always been the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. The prequel to Oscar Winning ‘Monsters Inc’ unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.
Planes – August 9, 2013 (Director: Klay Hall)
‘Planes’, set to introduce audiences to an entirely new and hilarious crew of daredevils from every corner of the globe, draws inspiration from the immensely popular world of DisneyPixar’s ‘Cars’. Dusty (voiced by Jon Cryer) lives in the small town of Propwash Junction, and the single-prop agriculture plane could not be further from the lean, mean, trophy-winning machines he idolizes – and his co-workers remind him constantly. His mentor Skipper is convinced that Dusty has the engine to compete with the best, and helps encourage him to pursue his lifelong dreams. But if Dusty wants to make his dreams a reality, he’ll need to push himself further than he ever imagined. With the help and support of a crew of all-new and hilarious characters, Dusty wings his way into the biggest challenge of his life.
Frozen – November 27, 2013 (Directors: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee)
When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
Saving Mr. Banks – December 20, 2013 (Director: Emma Thompson)
Disney’s ‘Saving Mr. Banks’, inspired by the extraordinary, reveals untold backstory of how Disney’s classic ‘Mary Poppins’ made it to the screen.
When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ ‘Mary Poppins’, he made them a promise – one that he didn’t realise would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.
For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.
It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.
Disney has also already announced new films which will be hitting our screens next year and beyond. ‘Maleficent‘ starring Angelina Jolie is set to be filmed this March, Disneynature’s ‘Bears‘ debuts on Earth Day 2014 ; Marvel projects will include ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ in April, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ in August, and ‘Ant Man‘ in November, 2015. Also in 2015 are ‘Avengers 2‘ and Disney’s first Lucasfilm release of ‘Star Wars VII‘. There’s a lot to look forward to over the next few years, not to mention ‘The Muppets 2‘ where not many details have been announced as of yet, but keep your eyes peeled! Remember, release dates for films are always subject to change.
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