Being kind of a cornerstone of the brand and all, the world of animation wasn’t left out in yesterday’s sprawling announcements from Disney.
A series of new projects, both short and long, are expected to emerge from the Mouse House over the next two years.
Some of them also have the potential to hit that “future classic” note.
Now, maybe close one eye and try to figure it all out; Chris Evans will direct this human-male origin story that inspired the creation of the Buzz Lightyear toy. But as toy story, it is also an animation. Clear? Well, even Evans felt the need to try to clear things up on Twitter.
Raya and the last dragon
A fantastic tale of humans and dragons in the world of Kumandra, with Star Wars‘ Kelly Marie Tran voicing the warrior Raya and Awkwafina as the dragon Sisu. It’s been confirmed to get the “first time access” treatment that Mulan had: launching in theaters and on Disney+ for a fee, the same day.
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win or lose
Pixar’s first complete series, win or lose will be delivered with the studio’s usual cerebral and tactile side, following a college softball team heading to a championship game, told from different character angles.
Hamilton icon Lin-Manuel Miranda will be up front Encanto, the story of a “magical family in a magic house” set in Colombia. Miranda will also be in charge of scoring.
Yes, Lightening McQueen and Mater will be back for a new series on Disney+, arriving in the fall of 2022.
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Oscar’s rising star Big Hero 6, the hulking healthcare robot Baymax, is putting on its own show in San Fransokyo.
Remember Dug, the excitable retriever from At the top? (SQUIRREL!!) Well, he’s back with a new series based in his backyard, premiering in fall 2021.
Is there anything cuter in nature than the red panda? No there is not. From the director of the Pixar short film Bao, Domee Shi, will come this package of hugs, the story of a clumsy teenager who turns into a panda when she gets excited. We have all been there.
We will return to the inhabitants of zootopia (Where Zootropolis as it was known in the UK), with the mob-connected shrew Fru Fru and Flash the Sloth set to return.
The hero of The princess and the Frog, Tiana, is getting its own show in 2023, all set in the kingdom of Maldonia. She will be the first Disney princess with her own series.
This will be followed by Moana, which will pick up the story of the brave explorer from the inspirational 2016 film.
One of the most intriguing animation projects, Iwaju is a collaboration between Walt Disney Animation Studios and pan-African comic book entertainment company Kugali. Set it Lagos, it will explore class themes in a futuristic world.
Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers
Cutting-edge comedy fans will be both bewildered and intrigued by the prospect of a live-action-animation hybrid reboot of chipmunk siblings Chip ‘n Dale, starring John Mulaney and Andy Samberg, directed by lonely island pal Akiva Schaffer, and also featuring Seth Rogen.
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