Disney looks to have another solid hit on their hands with their most recent animated feature, Moana. When put together with their other billion dollar success, Zootopia, it's been one heck of a year for Disney. We can only imagine what they're going to do next. Well, in some cases we have to imagine what they're going to do next because we don't really know. Although, in other cases, we know exactly what they're planning.
Disney's animation studio, not to be confused with Pixar, has several films on their upcoming slate. Some have titles and dates. Some just have titles. Some just have dates. Others just have people who are working on something, with all of it being very vague. Here's the rundown of what we know.
Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
Earlier this year, we received an official announcement via Facebook that Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 was on the way. While that news wasn't exactly news, because John C. Reilly had already blabbed, what was news, and surprising news at that, was that Wreck-It Ralph 2 was actually going to be the next feature we saw from Disney following Moana. It took over a release date that was already set aside for another movie, putting it in what we'll call the Zootopia space in 2018.
Release Date: November 21, 2018
Untitled Planes Sequel
There's a secondary division within Disney Animation called DisneyToons, where a lot of direct-to-DVD and television animation is done. Every once in a while they do release a theatrical picture and at Disney's D23 Expo in 2017 they announced that the Planes franchise would get a third big screen iteration. All we know for certain about the movie is that it will take place in, or at least deal with, outer space. While this will certainly be what passes for a "small" movie at Disney, a lot of the people who work on these films eventually graduate to the major features, so keep your eyes on this one.
Release Date: April 12, 2019
The only other confirmed title from Walt Disney Animation Studios is a sequel to Disney's biggest animated hit, Frozen. It's been confirmed that the script is being worked on, but as far as we know, the cast has yet to be brought in to record their lines. Although, it does sound like that is likely to start happening by late summer 2017. As that's one of the earlier things that takes place when making an animated feature, the finished film will still be a couple of years away once that's done.
Release Date: November 27, 2019
This one piece of concept art is the only thing that we've seen to give us any idea what we have in store for us when Disney tells their version of the classic Jack and the Beanstalk tale. Originally, Gigantic was set to take the spring 2018 slot, but when Wreck-It Ralph 2 was announced, it was shifted back into the Thanksgiving weekend of the same year. Whether there were delays in Gigantic that required Ralph to move up, is not clear, but this movie is still planned and has landed a spot in the fall of 2020.
Release Date: November 25, 2020
Unknown Lin-Manuel Miranda/Byron Howard Project
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the hardest working man in showbiz, has said that following his work on Moana, Disney Animation chief John Lassiter introduced him to Zootopia co-director Byron Howard so that the two could begin to collaborate on another animated film. As of this writing, Miranda says the two have yet to actually talk, so it's not even clear if there's even an idea they'll be working on or if they'll be starting from scratch. It's also possible that whatever the two work on will never actually see the light of day, but with talent like these two, we're betting that we'll see it eventually.
Release Date: Unknown