With its third weekend on the top of the box office, Zootopia is not a fad. While it doesn’t look like it’s going to be giving Frozen a run for its money, it will likely wrap up its theatrical run in the number two all-time box office position for Walt Disney Animation. You can be sure that somewhere within the Walt Disney Company, somebody has penciled in a sequel on some list of potential movie ideas someplace.
But, before Disney can get to a Zootopia sequel on the screen, it’s going to have to work through its multi-year backlog of already planned sequels. Even when you eliminate the Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm movies from the slate, there are still a ton of sequels already planned that have Disney’s name on them. Both live action or animated, the Disney sequels are coming, so brace yourself. Let's get these added to your personal calendar, listed in chronological order:
Alice Through the Looking GlassDisney’s first Alice in Wonderland was named after the first book by Lewis Carroll, while not actually based on it. It’s only fitting then that the sequel would take the name of the sequel novel, while also, not being based on it at all. The original made over $1 billion at the box office so at some point you knew this sequel was inevitable. Johnny Depp will be back as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska will return to play the title role of Alice. It will also make the final film role for Alan Rickman who will voice the Caterpillar.
Release Date: May 27, 2016
Finding DoryBeginning this June we’ll get the first of our sequel barrage with Pixar’s Finding Dory. For seven years after it’s release Finding Nemo was Pixar’s highest grossing film, before being eventually unseated by Toy Story 3. This one will focus on Dory, the forgetful Royal Blue Tang, as she goes in search for the family that she just remembered that she had. The trailer is already promising that this will be just as emotional a ride as the first film. We’re not sure Finding Nemo needed a sequel, but when it comes to Pixar, we tend to give them the benefit of the doubt.
Release Date: June 17, 2016
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesThe Johnny Depp wears a funny hat for Disney tour continues. Less than a year after playing the Mad Hatter again Depp will return to wear his even more famous funny hat as Captain Jack Sparrow. The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise started on a very high note but has been slowly sliding downward since then. If the reason Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides really didn’t work was because Orlando Bloom was missing then this sequel will rectify that problem. Still, we’re not sure that was the reason it was so disappointing.
Release Date: May 26, 2017