Grab The Popcorn-Here’s a Look at the 2015 Disney Movies Coming Your Way!
Grab The Popcorn-Here’s a Look at the 2015 Disney Movies Coming Your Way!
Hold onto your seats and get the popcorn ready! If you thought 2014 was a banner year for movies, then get out your calendars and save the dates-here’s a sneak peek of just some of the unbelievable collection of movies heading to the silver screen in 2015.
Strange Magic- January 23, 2014- Touchstone Pictures / Lucasfilm
“Everybody deserves to be loved” If you hadn’t noticed I am just a little bit, teeny, tiny excited to announce that I will be joining 24 other bloggers from all around the country to travel to San Francisco next month to screen the new Lucasfilm and Touchtone Pictures film, Strange Magic, opening everywhere January 23. “Strange Magic” the new animated film from the mind of George Lucas, is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.
The best part-you don’t have to wait until January 23! In just two weeks, you’ll be able to follow along right here for exclusive, behind the scenes looks plus interviews with Gary Rydstrom and actor Elijah Kelley just to name a few! Just look for our special hashtags:
McFarland, USA – February 20, 2015 –Walt Disney Studios
“Champions can come from anywhere.” Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.
Cinderella- March 13, 2015- Walt Disney Studios
“A dream is a wish your heart makes…I Wish…” This timeless classic with all the magic, wishes, hopes and dreams is being brought back into the hearts of all as “Cinderella” once again teaches us all that fairy tales can and do come true when you believe. A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.
Monkey Kingdom- April 17, 2015- Disneynature
“Adventure is in full swing.” Meet Maya, Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. “Monkey Kingdom” is the sixth theatrical release for Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years. The label was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories. But this is so much more than a monkey adventure. This is a film that not only teaches, warms the heart but helps you to give back just for seeing it.
For every ticket sold opening week (April 17-23, 2015), Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats.
Avengers: Age of Ultron-May 1, 2015- Marvel
When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron. All right let’s be honest, you had me at Robert Downey Jr. who returns to the big screen once again as the incomparable as Iron Man but then add in the likes of Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, and you have my full and undivided attention. “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. This just may take two buckets of popcorn to get me through.
Tomorrowland-May 22, 2015-Walt Disney Studios
“Imagine a place where nothing is impossible.” From Disney Studios comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as Tomorrowland. What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever. Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of. Did I mention George Clooney?
Inside Out-June 19, 2015-Disney/Pixar
“Meet the little voices inside your head.” From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind. Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
Want to find out more about “Inside Out”. Join me in January as I travel to Pixar Animation Studios as part of the #StrangeMagicEvent and #PixarInsideOut where I’ll be bringing you exclusive, behind the scenes glimpses of the little voices we all have inside our minds.
Ant-Man-July 17, 2015- Marvel
“But we really did something good here. Something lasting. How many people can claim that…? Marvel comic book lovers unite-the next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” when master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.
The Jungle Book-October 9, 2015- Walt Disney Studios
“The jungle is jumping – He’s been raised by wolves. Captured by apes. Hunted by a boy-eating tiger. And adopted by a bumbling bear named Baloo. Who’d have thought the jungle could be so much fun! ” Based on Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” the classic tale of an Indian boy named Mowgli who is raised by wolves and living among the animals. Bill Murray will voice Baloo the bear, Christopher Walken will take on the role of King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes, while Giancarlo Esposito will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. With Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa. The film also marks the debut of newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, who will be the only actor to physically appear on screen.
Steven Spielberg’s Cold War Spy Thriller- October 16, 2015-
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are once again joining forces for this still-untitled drama that tells the true story of James Donovan, a lawyer working on behalf of the CIA to secretly negotiate the release of a U.S. pilot shot down over Soviet airspace in 1960. Tom Hanks fills the role of Donovan in the picture, which boasts a screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen. When speaking about the upcoming movie, Spielberg revealed what appealed to him the most about bringing this particular project to life: “I’ve always wanted to make a spy movie, and this is that and then some.” A Cold War spy thriller from director Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks? Count me in!
The Good Dinosaur– November 25, 2015 – Disney/Pixar
“What if the asteroid missed?” “The Good Dinosaur” asks the generations-old question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In theaters November 25, 2015, the film is a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event unsettles Arlo’s family, he sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way – a human boy. “The Good Dinosaur” is an extraordinary journey of self-discovery full of thrilling adventure, hilarious characters and poignant heart and the perfect Thanksgiving movie for the entire family.
And we saved the best for last, you can already hear the music, can’t you…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens-December 18, 2015-Lucasfilm
The highly-anticipated sequel to the sci-fi trilogy from the late 70s and early 80s flies into theaters December 15, 2015, which means we are under a year before the Force actually awakens. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, and features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker. The film is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk, and John Williams returns as the composer. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Episode VII in the Star Wars Saga. May the force be with you!
There you have it- grab your popcorn and buy your tickets early-2015 is shaping up to be movie magic at its very best.
Stay tuned right here throughout the year as we bring you to live coverage and behind the scenes exclusives throughout the year as we team up with Disney and 24 other incredible bloggers from across the country as we bring the magic of the movies directly to you.
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