Disney Animation Studios has been a beloved cornerstone of family entertainment since its inception, setting the gold standard for animated storytelling and bringing magic to audiences around the world. From the timeless classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” to modern hits like “Encanto” and “Moana,” Disney and its animation partner Pixar continue to enrich their legacy with heartwarming, adventurous tales.

With “Moana 2” set to sail into theaters on November 27, 2024, fans are buzzing with anticipation. But the adventure doesn’t stop there! Disney has a delightful lineup of animated features set to enchant us in the years to come. Up first is “Mufasa: The Lion King,” scheduled for release on December 20, 2024. Directed by Barry Jenkins of “Moonlight” fame, this prequel-sequel offers a deeper look into Mufasa’s journey from orphan cub to king of the Pride Lands, narrated by Rafiki to Simba’s daughter, Kiara. With a stellar cast including Aaron Pierre as Mufasa and Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Taka (later known as Scar), this film promises to deepen the lore of the beloved franchise.

Next up is “Elio,” set for a June 13, 2025, release. Directed by Adrian Molina, known for co-directing “Coco,” this coming-of-age sci-fi adventure follows 11-year-old Elio Solis, voiced by Yonas Kibreab, who is mistakenly beamed into an interplanetary organization and must navigate his new role as Earth’s ambassador. The voice talents of America Ferrera add an extra layer of charm to this Pixar film, which is poised to become their next big hit.

Fans of the hit film “Zootopia” will also have something to cheer about with the release of “Zootopia 2” on November 26, 2025. The crime-solving duo Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde, voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman, respectively, return to crack a new case. While details about their relationship remain under wraps, speculation is rife about whether their bond will take a romantic turn or remain a strong friendship.

“Toy Story 5” is another exciting addition to Disney’s future lineup, slated for a June 19, 2026, release. With Andrew Stanton, the creative genius behind “Wall-E,” at the helm, and the promise of both Woody and Buzz Lightyear’s return—likely with Tim Allen reprising his role—this sequel is highly anticipated by fans and critics alike.

Lastly, Disney has several untitled projects on the horizon, including a film set for November 25, 2026, and a Pixar project for March 6, 2026. The studio also has live-action reimaginings of classics like “Aristocats” and “Bambi,” and a third “Frozen” movie in the works, ensuring that the magic of Disney will continue to captivate audiences for years to come.

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Source: MovieWeb