Thursday, May 28, 2015

Disney Animation and Pixar's 2018-2019 Slate Revealed?


This bit comes from a Portuguese Disney fan site called O Camundongo (translates to "The Mouse")...

Apparently an expo of sorts is being held in Brazil... It seems legitimate, but from what I've seen, this could be a fan expo rather than an "official" expo that's run by Disney or Disney's Brazilian arm. I'm already seeing people doubting what's been reported from this very event...

This, however, was present at the expo.

Photo credit goes to Paulo Martini.

This leads me to believe that this expo is official.

Anyways...

Take a look at this slate presentation (all credit goes to the person who snapped the photos, obviously)...


2016 seems to be in order for Brazilian moviegoers. Zig-zag up and down the logo bubbles and it's the same order as our 2016 Disney slate, but look carefully... You'll see that Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One precedes Moana. The former's logo bubble mentions December, since it's coming out in December here in the states, but Moana's bubble doesn't have a month. I'm guessing this implies that Moana will not be a fall 2016 release in Brazil, but rather an early 2017 release.

But it gets confusing, because if you keep zig-zagging, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (opening here on 7/7/2017) comes next, then Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (opening 5/5/2017 here), then Thor: Ragnarok (11/3/2017), you get the idea, it's going back and forth. Even if you read the 2017 releases from left to right, it's still not in order.

However, it's very possible that Disney's PR and news people in Brazil don't have the Brazilian release dates for the films yet. Disney doesn't release most of their films on the same day in every country (i.e. Zootopia opens here 3/4/2016, Brazil gets it 3/17/2016), so it's possible that they just don't have them inked yet, and they might not even be aware of the North American dates at the moment...

But that's not the only interesting part of this presentation.

Have a look at this...


Cars 3, Frozen 2, and The Incredibles 2 are set for 2018 and 2019, which isn't a surprise to most of us in the blogosphere...

Since these slides don't seem to have orders for anything coming out after fall 2016, I'm just going to assume that Frozen 2 and Cars 3 will be 2018 releases (for a while I had predicted that Cars 3 would be Pixar's 6/15/2018 release, while their 11/22/2017 release will be an original film), while The Incredibles 2 will bow in 2019. Pixar currently only has one film slated for a 2018 release, and that's the aforementioned 6/15/2018 release. I keep thinking it's going to go to Cars 3, because how much longer will Disney and Pixar make audiences wait for the third one? It's already been almost four years since the second one...

I think Brad Bird will take his time on The Incredibles 2, rather than rush it to 2018. Disney probably wants both really badly, as one will be huge while the other will easily sell more toys. However, Cars 3 entered development in 2011 and has been stewing for a long, long time. Lasseter also gave a sneak peek at the film at the Tokyo International Film Festival last autumn, so again, I think it's definitely coming out before The Incredibles 2.

As for Frozen 2, I had speculated that it could possibly be the 3/9/2018 release or the 11/21/2018 release, unless Walt Disney Animation Studios' slate sees something of a slight shift or two. (i.e. the March 2018 film swapping spots with Pixar's fall 2017 release).

However, keep in mind that the bubbles for Frozen 2 and The Incredibles 2 use what look like fan-made numbers for the numbers...

Also, Frozen 2 and Cars 3 are to the far left. This implies to me that they'll definitely be 2018 releases, while The Incredibles 2 will launch in 2019. But then again summer 2018 release Black Panther is to the far right... I don't really know, it's a jumbled up list!

Also... Where's Pixar's second 2017 release? Why is it not on the slate?

Now to throw another wrench into the gears, look at this...


So now Moana is a 2016 release in Brazil? That's odd, why does its bubble not mention a month?

Also, a Tangled TV series on Disney Junior in 2017?

Film Divider points out that they had word on a Tangled project a while back, but after the stage musical was announcement, they assumed that was the very "project". However, their writer Charles Madison notes that there could be more to that scoop they got. The site is usually good too, finding some very cool tidbits that probably wouldn't surface elsewhere...

Madison also wonders why The Lion King's Disney Junior TV show spin-off isn't on here either, but then he reckons that it's not on here because the presentation is mostly pink and focuses on the more girl-oriented Disney releases. (Because with Disney, you know they're old-fashioned and they're all for determining which things are for boys and which things are for girls.) Cinderella and the Diamond Edition of Aladdin are in the 2015 slot, Moana and what appear to be "Diamond Editions" of Snow White and Beauty and the Beast (I'll get to that in a moment!), and Elena of Avalor, another princess show for Disney Junior, are in the 2016 slot. 2017? Same deal. Live-action Beauty and the Beast and the Tangled TV series...

Okay, as for the Diamond Editions...

The Diamond line began in 2009 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, followed by Beauty and the Beast in 2010. The Diamond line is going to end in spring 2016 with Pinocchio, the cycle will be complete... So wouldn't those 2016 Blu-rays of Snow White and Beauty and the Beast be... I don't know... Titanium Editions? Super-Awesome Editions? Why use the Diamond name again? From what I've seen, Snow White was definitely a Diamond Edition in Brazil back in 2009, ditto Beauty and the Beast. Maybe the name is a placeholder? I don't know, really...

It makes sense, because Snow White and Beauty and the Beast were the first two titles in the Platinum collection, they were the first two Diamond releases, so it's not shocking that they'd be the two titles to kick off the next collection, whatever they end up calling it. What will this collection even be on? Blu-ray? Digital? The next physical media format? Disney seems to be moving away from Blu-ray little by little...

What say you?

1 comment:

  1. These release dates seem to be the most obvious and likely to me, though anything could happen in the next 3 years, changes probably will happen, so I take this with a grain of salt.

    Since UHD Blu-Rays, the next video format will be available very soon (most companies stated they will release their players this holiday season), Snow White and Beauty and the Beast can be released on those, even the next Pinocchio release could have a UHD Blu release, but then again, Disney doesn't seem to like physical releases anymore. I doubt they will be called Diamond Editions, they just simply don't have a new name yet.

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