Every year, I look forward to the amazing movies created by Walt Disney Studios and their counterparts Walt Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel Dreamworks and Lucasfilm. They’ve recently released their slate of films for 2016 and I am beyond excited about them!
So, you mean to tell me that we’re getting Captain America, Dory, Moana, Doctor Strange and a Lucas Film Star Wars installment, all in 2016?! Mind BLOWN.
2016 Walt Disney Studios Movie Slate
Synopsis sources: Wikipedia
The Finest Hours – January 29, 2016 (Walt Disney Studios)
On Feb. 18, 1952, a massive storm splits the SS Pendleton in two, trapping more than 30 sailors inside the tanker’s sinking stern. Engineer Ray Sybert bravely takes charge to organize a strategy for his fellow survivors. As word of the disaster reaches the Coast Guard in Chatham, Mass., Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff orders a daring rescue mission. Despite the ferocious weather, coxswain Bernie Webber takes three men on a lifeboat to try and save the crew against seemingly impossible odds.
Zootopia – March 4, 2016 (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a wily fox who makes her job even harder.
The Jungle Book – April 15, 2016 (Walt Disney Studios)
After a fearsome tiger threatens his life, Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a boy raised by wolves, leaves his jungle home and, guided by a stern panther (Ben Kingsley) and a free-spirited bear (Bill Murray), sets out on a journey of self-discovery.
Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016 (Marvel)
A feud between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) leaves the Avengers in turmoil.
Alice Through the Looking Glass – May 27, 2015 (Walt Disney Studios)
Alice Kingsleigh has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland (mistakenly heard as ‘Wonderland’ by seven year-old Alice during her first visit) and her friends the White Rabbit, Absolem (the Caterpillar), the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter, who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Queen Mirana (the White Queen) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock that powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends – and enemies – at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out.
Finding Dory – June 17, 2016 (Disney / Pixar)
Taking place six months after Finding Nemo, Dory suddenly recalls her childhood memories. Remembering something about “the jewel of Monterey, California”, accompanied by Nemo and Marlin, she sets out to find her family. She arrives at the Monterey Marine Life Institute, where she meets Bailey, a white beluga whale; Destiny, a whale shark; and Hank the octopus, who becomes her guide.
The BFG – July 1, 2016 (Walt Disney Studios)
Tells the story of Sophie, the Queen of England and the BFG who set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world.
Pete’s Dragon – August 12, 2016 (Walt Disney Studios)
Pete’s Dragon is an upcoming American live-action-animated fantasy comedy-drama film directed by David Lowery and written by Toby Halbrooks and Lowery, based on a short story by S.S. Field and Seton I. Miller and also a remake of 1977 film Pete’s Dragon. The film stars Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence, Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley and Karl Urban. Filming began on January 26, 2015 in New Zealand. The film is set for an August 12, 2016 release. (Wikipedia)
Queen of Katwe – Fall 2016 (Walt Disney Studios)
The Queen of Katwe is an upcoming biographical drama film directed by Mira Nair from a screenplay by William Wheeler. The film is about the life of Phiona Mutesi, an Ugandan chess prodigy who becomes a Woman Candidate Master after her performances at World Chess Olympiads. The film will be produced by Walt Disney Pictures and ESPN Films, and will be released at an unspecified date in 2016
Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016 (Marvel)
After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.
Moana – November 23, 2016 (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Moana is an upcoming American computer-animated musical fantasy adventure comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and the 56th film in Disney’s animated features canon. The film is being directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – December 16, 2015 (Lucasfilm)
Following the foundation of the Galactic Empire, a wayward band of Rebel fighters comes together to carry out a desperate mission: to steal the plans for the Death Star before it can be used to enforce the Emperor’s rule
TBD 2016 – The Light Between Oceans (DreamWorks Pictures)
A lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne and his wife Isabel living off the coast of Western Australia, keep for themselves a baby girl who washes up in a lifeboat.
Looks like it will be a fantastic year to go the the movies! What are you excited to see?