We’re starting a new post because too much awesome in the last one!
Dana Waldman is back as a Simpson character to introduce new Disney offerings.
• The Mighty Ducks are coming back, of course. The stars will really be able to skate. It’s a live action show about a youth hockey team. Emilio Estevez returns.
• Turner and Hooch another classic — probably the most important announcement today. Tragically for the Beat, they aren’t showing the trailer to us. Crying here.
• Big Shot a drama set in the world of girls basketball. John Stamos against some snotty girls. Writes itself. A lot of talk about potential.
And the ambitious dramas in development:
• Beauty and the Beast — Luke Evans and Josh Gad are in it with new music by Alan Menken.
• Swiss Family Robinson by Ron Moore (BattlesStar Galactica) and Jon Chu (Crazy Rich Asians.)
• Percy Jackson is coming to Disney+ and drove more than a million tweets in a day when announced.
§ The Mysterious Benedict Society — based on the much loved books.
6:53: Sean Bailey of the live action division now is up to talk about movies on Disney+.
• A spooky sequel to Hocus Pocus.
• Touchstone revivals – oh yeah, the ’80s and ’90s live.
• Three Men and a Baby led by Zac Efron is coming in 2022.
• Safety about a football player who must raise his young brother — debuting tomorrow.
• Duane Johnson is produced an inspiring film about a coach.
• Greek Freak about that Greek basketball player whose name I can’t spell.
• Developing a bio film about basketball player Chris Paul, whose past is deeply moving.
• Flora and Ulysses about a young comic book fan and her squirrel. coming in February.
• Cheaper by The Dozen, about a multiracial blended family of 12. Gabrielle Union stars.
• Diary of a Wimpy Kid — a no-brainer there as the books are so huge. An all new animated look!!!
• Ice Age gets a spinoff with the Adventures of Buck Wild. Simon Pegg returns as Buck.
• Night at the Museum is coming back in an animated version. Sean Levi will be a producer.
And live action Disney stuff:
• For summer 2021 the previously announced Jungle Cruise with Duane Johnson and Emily Blunt.
• The Lion King is getting a prequel — Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight is making it.
• Rob Marshall returns to Disney with a live action Little Mermaid, as previously announced. There will be all-new music from Alan Menken and Lin-Manual Miranda.
• Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers. YES YES YES. Andy Samberg and John Mulaney voice the little rascals! Oh my goodness.
• A live action Pinocchio from Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks.
• Peter Pan and Wendy will be on Disney+ as suspected.
• Enchanted has a sequel in the works, and Amy Adams will be back as Giselle in Disenchanted, which will stream exclusively on Disney+
• And finally Sister Act 3 with Whoopi Goldberg.
• Cruella is coming, with Emma Stone and Emma Thompson and others not named Emma, set in ’70s punk rock London. I know some people who will watch just for that reason.
A much neede break for Hannukah and Jennifer Lee is up to talk about feature animation:
• Big Hero Six director Don Hall is out to talk about the Baymax series spinning out of Big Hero Six — coming in 2022
• Zootopia+ is a series set in the world of Zootopia with little animals we didn’t get to learn much about. A lot of sloth content. Coming in spring 2022.
• Tiana, a series about the star of The Princess and the Frog. Coming in 2023
• And Nigerian Pan Africa Comic Book makers are making something that melds comics and animation. A series is called Iwaju set in Lagos. Coming in 2022.
• And the 60th animated Disney film: Encanto, set in Columbia, with music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, coming in late 2021. Not previously announced.
Pete Docter arrived to share the upcoming plans for Pixar:
- First, the release of Soul, the latest Pixar movie, on Disney+ this Christmas.
- Pixar Popcorn, a collection of bite-sized stories created by Pixar animators, on the way in January.
- Three new series to premiere on Disney+: Dug Days, a spinoff of the 2009 movie Up featuring the dog gifted with speech (but not with brains); a Cars series in the fall of 2022 featuring Lightning McQueen and Mater in a road trip across the country; and Win or Lose, an original series that follows a co-ed middle school softball team on the way to the championships with episodes that feature the same events presented from different perspectives in fall of 2023.
- Pixar’s next feature will be Luca, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters in June 2021.
- Then, Turning Red, a new feature from the director of the short Boa, Domee Shi, scheduled to arrive in theaters on March 11th, 2022.
- This will be followed by Lightyear on June 17th, 2022, a science fiction movie that reveals the origin story of the original Buzz Lightyear, with the character being voiced by a legitimate big-screen hero: Chris Evans!