Quick, grab some popcorn and a box of candy! We've got a run down of all the Disney movies hitting the big screen this year!
The Finest Hours: January 29
Based on an incredible true story about a Coast Guard rescue, Disney is starting off 2016 with an action packed thriller. And let’s face it, this is probably the only movie that could follow Star Wars. No spoilers here, but really, it’s a historical event, so if you want to know more about it, the internet will tell you.
Zootopia: March 24
I’ll be real, I’m not excited for this movie. The trailer with the sloths shown before Star Wars made want to see a touch more. Because who doesn’t love sloths? But, I still think this movie looks a little cheap (ie, Dreamworks-y). It appears the message will be “you can achieve your dreams no matter how small you are and no matter the obstacles against you” told through a plucky bunny voiced by Snow White (aka Ginnifer Goodwin). I hope there’s more to it than that.
The Jungle Book: April 15
The narrative for this will come as no surprise as it’s based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling. And if you didn’t know that already, then go get yourself to a library. The modern retelling features a blend of live action and computer generated animals. The trailer to this one has me hooked, and I’m pretty excited, even though there seems to be a lack of big band jazz numbers here….
Captain America Civil War: May 6
All of your favorite Marvel superheroes are back in the newest installment of the Avengers movies. This time, the Avengers face federal monitoring, which splits the group into two factions, led by Captain America and Iron Man. I’ll be honest here, Brad and I are probably the only people who haven’t seen any of these movies yet. A while ago, we started watching the first Avenger movie, but we are old people and we put it on too late at night and we fell asleep. Like I said, we’re old. We really should give the movies another try, so we can participate in society.
Alice Through the Looking Glass: May 27
Alice returns to Underland, this time to save the Mad Hatter,. This story is the lesser known of Lewis Carroll’s Alice stories, so it will be nice to see the story come to the big screen. Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen are back together again, and Tim Burton returns as a producer.
Finding Dory: June 17
No one is as excited about a Finding Nemo sequel as Ellen Degeneres. No one. But feel free to try anyway. Pixar is back with our favorite fish to swim right into our hearts. This time, Marlin and Nemo must help their friend discover the truth about her past.
Pete’s Dragon: August 12
This remake of the 1977 movie tells the story of an orphan named Pete and his best friend Elliott the dragon. I think it’ll be really nice for kids to find out the story behind that kid riding a dragon in Main Street Electrical Parade. You'll recognize Bryce Dallas Howard from Jurassic World, The Help, and Spider Man 3.
Dr. Strange: November 4
Marvel has two movies coming out in 2016! Dr. Strange stars. everyone’s-favorite-British-What’s-His-Name-actor: Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s about a surgeon who turns villain, which to me seems reminiscent of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Queen of Katwe: Fall
This biographical drama stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, who plays the mother of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from Uganda (Uganda! That’s coooool!) who becomes a chess prodigy. I’m pretty excited for this one, and I’m looking forward to the details as they emerge.
Moana: November 23
This is what I’m most excited for. Set three thousand years ago in the Pacific islands, comes a teenaged girl determined to fulfill her ancestors’ quest for exploration. On her journey, Moana joins with a demi-god named Maui (voiced by The Rock, Dwayne Johnson). Moana is directed by Ron Clements and Jon Musker, the guys who brought up The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Princess and the Frog. Finally we have a new princess movie to break Frozen Fever.
Rogue One: December 16
Set before the plot of Episode 6, Rogue One is about a group of Rebel spies and their mission to steal plans for the Death Star. This will be the first in a collection of stand-alone stories set in the Star Wars universe, called the Star Wars Anthology. Surely, this can satiate us until Disney releases Episode 8.
What movie are you most looking forward to? Is there one you're dying to know more about? Tell us in the comments! We would love to hear from you!
Photo Credits: Castle gif; The Finest Hours; Zootopia; The Jungle Book; Captain America Civil War; Alice Through the Looking Glass; Finding Dory; Pete's Dragon; Dr. Strange; Queen of Katwe; Moana; Rogue One