Disney Investor Day News - What's NEW in the Wonderful World of Disney!

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Disney Investor Day was December 10 and it brought some much needed excitement to the end of 2020!  In summary, it's a VERY good time to be a Disney+ subscriber with so much content coming to the streaming service and an exciting slate of theatrical releases as well.  Disney has an incredible line-up of work coming in the months and years ahead so I'm not going to mince any words and simply get to sharing some exciting news!

Disney Investor Day News from Walt Disney Studios

  • A new Disney+ original film, Flora and Ulysses will begin streaming on February 19th.  This story tells the tall of a "cynical young comic book fan and her superpowered squirrel sidekick."  Sounds like fun!  Can't wait for Disney+ original content?  Check out Godmothered and Safety in the meantime!
  • The cast of Disney's live-action The Little Mermaid was unveiled featuring exciting announcements like Halle Bailey as Ariel, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, and Awkwafina as Scuttle.  The movie will feature some favorite songs from the original and also new music from Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda!  Until this gets released you can catch Lin-Manuel Miranda and Daveed Diggs in Hamilton on Disney+.  
  • Some other Disney classics are also getting new makeovers for Disney+ releases.  Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers starring John Mulaney as Chip and Andy Samberg as Dale will soon be arriving on Disney+.  Peter Pan & Wendy will by flying onto the streaming service soon starting Jude Law as Captain Hook.  And perhaps the announcement I'm most excited about, Tom Hanks will be starring in a new Pinocchio directed by the great Robert Zemeckis.  

Disney Investor Day News from Disney Animation

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  • Raya and the Last Dragon will be coming to theaters and Disney+ Premiere Access on March 5, 2021.
  • Disney animated series are heading to Disney+ as well!  Baymax!, Zootopia+, and Tiana will all begin streaming in 2022 while Moana will make waves on the small scree in 2023.
  • Disney Animation announced a partnership with Pan-African entertainment company Kugali for a new science fiction series Iwaju.  This will be coming to Disney+ in 2022.
  • As if Lin-Manuel Miranda isn't busy enough with Disney, he's bringing more musical adventures to us with Encanto coming in Fall 2021.  Encanto is set in Colombia with a magical family living in a magical home!

Disney Investor Day News from Pixar

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  • Pixar's Soul is premiering on Disney+ Christmas Day!  The film will also release with a short "Burrow" following a young rabbit trying to build the home of her dreams. Watch the trailer for Soul here!
  • Pixar Original Series on Disney+
    • Dug Days coming in Fall 2021 and starring Dug from Up as he discovers fun adventures with things like puppies, fireworks, and squirrels!
    • Best pals Lightning McQueen and Mater will be teaming up for a cross-country road trip in Fall 2022.
    • Win or Lose is coming in Fall 2023 and follows the story of a middle school softball team in their final preparations for their championship game.
  • Luca, a new feature film comes to the big screen in June 2021 and celebrates the friendship between Luca and his best friend Alberto.
  • Another new movie, Turning Red, will be hitting theaters in March 2022 about a young girl who turns into a giant red panda when she gets excited!
  • June 2022 will bring us Lightyear - the backstory we didn't know we needed about our old pal Buzz!  The hero of Star Command will have a new voice though as Chris Evans (yeah, the man otherwise known as Captain America and Ransom Drysdale from Knives Out) will be lending his vocal talents to everyone's favorite Space Ranger!
Moral of the story - it's a great time to be a Disney+ subscriber and Disney fan!  And this is JUST the family friendly content.  There is so much more that was announced from Star Wars and Marvel with each of those brands announcing several new original series coming to Disney+ as well as feature film projects.  I was BLOWN AWAY with all of the news and it's going to take me some time to process.  Make sure you stay tuned for more trailer releases, announcements, reviews, and fun from The Walt Disney Company that I share right here on Lights! Camera! Mom!

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