Animation movies are not taking their foot off the gas at the House of Mouse, which aims to remain a reference in the coming years.
It’s been an intense week for Disney, as always happens when there is a shareholders’ meeting: announcements of all kinds and confirmations of dates for movies and series, as well as renewals such as Percy Jackson and the Olympians, are the usual trend on days like today.
Yesterday was the meeting with the investors in which the House of Mouse had to give it their all and show part of their ambitious plan for the coming years in theaters and streaming.
Now let’s focus on the first, as several of the previously announced animation films have received firm release dates or, failing that, a tentative window of when they will hit the big screen.
Yesterday, Disney confirmed Moana 2, the sequel to the successful 2016 film. Originally, it was going to be a series for Disney+, but the plan has changed and it will premiere in theaters on November 27, 2024. Note, do not confuse this with the live-action version that is in development.
Disney is making big bets on animated films in the coming years
Another animation movie that receives an official release date is Zootopia 2, the sequel to the 2017 film that was announced a couple of years ago. It will be on November 26, 2025, a year after Moana 2, when it lands in theaters.
Disney has also given tentative windows for two other previously announced animated films. The first is Frozen 3, which is aiming for a 2026 release and, if it follows in the footsteps of its two predecessors, it will arrive in November or early December to take advantage of the Christmas season.
The last film to receive a tentative release window is from Pixar, Toy Story 5, the return of the most famous movie toys. Woody and Buzz will return in 2026, and following the Pixar calendar, they could arrive in the spring or summer of that year.
Animation has been, is, and will continue to be, the spearhead of Disney and many of its subsidiaries. The coming years are promising for the genre, even if it means relying on established franchises, although there are also some new projects in between.