Thursday, September 19, 2013

Big changes in U.S release dates of upcoming Disney / Pixar movies, and more WDC news...

Big changes have been announced in the U.S release dates of upcoming Disney / Pixar movies and one of the reasons of all this is apparently linked to Pixar's Good Dinosaur as Pixar needs more time to finish the movie after Bob Peterson was removed as Director of the animated feature.

So, The Good Dinosaur previously scheduled for a release on May 30, 2014 will be released November 25, 2015 and then it's a kind of game of musical chairs as Finding Dory - Nemo's sequel - originally scheduled for November 25, 2015 has been pushed back to June 17, 2016.  And, Maleficent - this one a non-animated movie starring Angelina Jolie - previously scheduled for a release July 2, 2014 will be released earlier on May 30, 2014. All this means that we'll have two Pixar movies in 2015 - the other one being the awaited "Inside Out" and apparently no one in 2014. That said there will be a 3D animated film as the "Planes" sequel is scheduled for 2012.

Talking about movies Disney also announced that, starting 2015 each year should see the release of one or two Pixar movies, two "Marvel" movies, one Star Wars movie - new SW Episode or spin-off , one Walt Disney Animation movie, and two or three Disney "live" movies.

Some days ago Jay Rasulo also announced that "the sky is the limit" for Star Wars future, adding that the Star Wars license is an "evergreen property" and that "the market is extremely hot for everything Star Wars" something i can agree with him. Rasulo also announced that Disney will reduce its investments in the years to come - something which might be a mistake considering that Disney's biggest competitor Universal Studios announced their plans to build new attractions each year thanks to a $500M budget per year! - but considering all the expenses they did recently with two new Disney Cruise Line ships, the new lands at DCA, the new Fantasyland at WDW MK and Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawai, it's hard to say that they didn't spent any money... However that is no good news at least for the immediate future and also unfortunately confirm what i told you recently about Disneyland Paris future.

Let's end these news with the new teaser for the Toy Story of Terror short animated to be aired on ABC on October 16.

Video: copyright Disney

1 comment:

Marco Antonio Garcia said...

Good news for Disney movies, Marvel and Star Wars, but a year without any new Pixar movie is not that great.

I'm really looking forward to watch Maleficent, I hope that they make it dark and medieval.

Regarding the parks and resorts division, I think that they are adopting a really bad strategy, which is quantity over quality.

They are spending a lot of money to build new Resorts, like Aulani, the one in Shangai, two new cruise ships... but not enough to improve their existing theme parks and keep them ahead of the competition.

I've been to Aulani and liked it (it's not great and not impressive like Atlantis in the Bahamas, but it's nice), but I don't see the reason for Disney to build a Hotel in Hawaii. I also don't understand the reason for Disney to open a second Resort in China, especially when the first is still far from being successful. And I really like Disney Cruise Line, but I don't know if it makes that much sense for Disney to own Cruise Ships.

For me Disney should focus on their EXISTING Theme Parks and keep them ahead of the competition like they used to do.