August 15, 2015

Disney Expo 2015: Toy Story 4, Finding Dory, Moana & More!

(L to R) The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, Toy Story 4, Coco, Cars 3, The Incredibles II
I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about all of the new movies coming out that Disney revealed during their Disney Expo yesterday! I was  so excited that I yelled so loud internally that I think my face showed it. Because let's face, how awesome is Disney PIXAR?! My oldest grew up watching all of the movies and so did my youngest. Being that I am frugal, I make sure I save extra for when these awesome movies come out so that I can make sure I take the kids on opening night.

The Good Dinosaur comes out in a few months. This movie is about an Apatosaurus named Arlo. While traveling through a harsh and scary landscape, he makes a friend along the way who is a bit unusual named Spot. He confronts his fears and discovers just how incredibly courageous he is and what he is capable of. There are 3 T-rex's in the movie. Sam Elliott voices Butch, Anna Paquin voices Ramsey, and Steve Zahn voices Nash. Arlo's parents', Momma and Poppa are played by Frances McDormand and Jeffrey Wright. The Good Dinosaur will be released November 25, 2015, a day before Thanksgiving! This makes for a great family movie night.

Cars 3 will be released in 2018. All we know right now is that John Lasseter, who directed the first two movies will also be doing the third. The plot of the story has not been released as of yet. I'm sure the voices of the characters are still all the same and we might even get to see a few new ones in there.

Toy Story 4 is set to be released in the Summer of 2017. I am super excited for this to come out! My son is super obsessed with this movies series. We have seen Andy grow up and go off to college and give Woody so a little girl. Toy Story 4 though will be focusing on Woody and Bo Peep's love story! This has been a long time coming since Toy Story 1. Rashida Jones and Will McCormack wrote the script for this movie and she has said it was a dream come true. Bo Peep's character is based on John Lassetter's wife. John Lassetter, if you remember directed the Cars franchise and will be directing Toy Story 4. How beautiful is that? I'm guessing this will be around maybe around June.

The Incredibles II has been rumored for years but now we finally have a confirmation. We have a release date of 2019. Brad Bird will be writing the script. We don't know anything else as of yet since of course it's super top secret right now. The Incredibles came out in 2004 so as you all know, it's been a long time coming. My daughter was 2 years old when it came out and she'll be 18 when this one comes out. I'm excited to see baby Jack-Jack all grown up.

Finding Nemo was my daughter's favorite movie ever. When she heard Finding Dory was in the works, she almost cried from being overjoyed. Ellen DeGeneres will voice Dory of course but this time we get to meet some new people. Dory decides that she needs to find her family. Marlin and Nemo join her until she becomes lost. Now it's time to find Dory. Dory's parents are played by the incredible Diane Keaton and the hilarious Eugene Levy. Kaitlin Olson plays the Killer Whale named Destiny (which happens to also be my daughter's name), Ty Burell plays Bailey the Beluga, and Ed O'Neill plays Hank the Octopus. This movie is set to be released on June 17, 2016 so start counting down my friends because Dory is about to have us all laughing our faces off! Look at a sneak peek pic of the movie below!

Picture from Finding Dory. Hank the Octopus and Dory

Coco is a movie about a 12 year old boy named Miguel who finds himself in the realm of the dead. He dresses up in a skeleton mask to hide his identity but the mask falls off and they all freak out. This movie is colorful, vibrant and tells the story of "El Dia de los Muertos" which is translated to "The Day of the Dead". This is celebrated in Mexico and this movie was inspired by it. As of right now we don't know anymore details but we do know that this film will be released in the Fall of 2017.

Gigantic is set to be released int he Spring of 2018. This movie is a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. The movie is set in Spain. You'll also see a few sneak peeks of the drawings for the movie down below. Frozen's songwriter's Kristen Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez will be providing the songs for the film so you know that the music will be a hit. Another repeat of "Let it go". Jack's new friend is 11 years old and 60 feet tall! She is fiery, feisty and a lot to control. I have no doubt that this movie will be a huge hit in the box office.

Judging by the drawings pictured in the back, it looks like this movie is changed a few things which is great!

The final movie is Moana. I wanted to save what I think will be my favorite movie to come out from Disney in the last 5 years. This movie is set to be released November 23, 2016. I need to make myself a countdown for this somewhere. Moana is a teenager who sets sail on a daring mission to prove herself a master way-finder and fulfill her ancestors' unfinished quest. Her grandmother tells her stories of her ancestors' voyages. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays demi-god Maui who Moana meets on her voyage in the South Pacific Ocean. Moana tells a beautiful and articulate story.

During the preview last night at the Disney Expo, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson got emotional. He stated "This is my heritage, I am proudly half-Samoan and half-black". Moana will feature music from South Pacific fusion band Te Vaka. This movie will make you cry, laugh, will inspire you, and more.
First look at Moana
Picture from a clip of the movie Moana
The movie poster!
Disney Expo goes on through Sunday so stay tuned on some other news!

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