Sunday, October 11, 2015

Context: Two Disney Animation Productions MIA...


A few days ago, The Walt Disney Company rolled out a humungous announcement regarding their upcoming slate of films...

Now, prior to the Variety posting that article that had all the new release dates for the different films, the Walt Disney Studios' slate was already huge. It ended at summer 2019 with Marvel's Inhumans... Now it currently ends at Thanksgiving 2020 with a currently untitled Walt Disney Animation Studios production...

Sites like Box Office Mojo and the like began to update their release schedules following these official announcements...

Curiously, some of these sites have been eliminating two particular Walt Disney Animation Studios releases. One that was slated for 11/21/2018, and another which was slated for 11/27/2019. The latter was dated very recently, actually...

But if you look at the Variety article, nothing replaced those films on their respective release dates. But why are websites like Box Office Mojo and IMDb not listing those two WDAS projects? There's a huge 2 1/2 year gap between Gigantic (opening 3/9/2018) and the untitled Thanksgiving 2020 film!



That can't be right...

Why in the world would Walt Disney Animation Studios - now at the top of their game with a string of critical and commercial successes, one of which being a worldwide phenomenon - not release a new film for another 2 1/2 years? Especially with a slew of different projects, sequels included, in development?

It doesn't sound right.

However, go over to BoxOffice.com, they still list those two releases along with the fall 2020 film...




So... Let's look at the Variety article for a second, and for those who didn't read my previous piece on this slate, you'll already know all of this info that's coming up.

Notice anything peculiar about the Variety article?

The slate on the article starts with Coco, and that's set to open on November 22, 2017.

Now, up until the Variety article came out, Disney never officially gave Pixar's Day of the Dead tale a concrete release date. The poster at D23 simply said "Fall 2017". Of course, we all knew that Pixar had the 11/22/2017 slot locked for years, so we all assumed Coco would be the 11/22/2017 release since they had no other autumn/holiday 2017 date locked. It was quite obvious, but until that article came out, it was simply a "fall 2017" release. Even Lee Unkrich announced the actual release date the day the Variety article came out...


Following that is an untitled live-action remake set for 12/22/2017, which hadn't been dated before. What's opening after that film? Black Panther. Release date? 2/16/2018. Black Panther was originally going to come out 7/6/2018, but Marvel moved it forward because now an entirely new project - Ant-Man sequel Ant-Man and The Wasp - has taken the 7/6/2018 slot. Gigantic is next, opening 3/9/2018. Walt Disney Animation Studios announced the film itself at D23, but didn't say what the film's exact release date was going to be. The best we got was a vague "coming in 2018" comment.

However, a whole host of 2018 releases are missing from Variety's list, such as the untitled Star Wars anthology film about Han Solo (5/25/2018) and Marvel films like Avengers: Infinity War Part I (5/4/2018). The list completely skips summer 2018 - sans Toy Story 4 - and goes right to 11/2/2018, the day another live-action remake is set to open. Then it jumps ahead to 3/29/2019, another live-action remake is set to open that day.

It became obvious to me that the Variety article was only listing movies that had never been dated before, or films whose release dates changed...

Toy Story 4's release date changed. It was originally set for 6/16/2017, now it's set for 6/15/2018.

Black Panther was originally set for 7/6/2018, now it's set for 2/16/2018. Captain Marvel was initially set to open 11/2/2018, now it's opening 3/8/2019. Both of these movies are on Variety's list.

The three untitled Disney Fairy Tale Movies (a.k.a. live-action remakes of animated classics) are completely new additions to the slate.

The untitled DisneyToon movie set for spring 2019 is a completely new addition to the slate.

The Incredibles II is a completely new addition to the slate, ditto the two untitled Pixar films set to open in 2020. Cars 3 is new to the slate, too! We knew it was a thing beforehand, but it didn't have a release date.

The 2020 Disney Animation film is also a completely new addition to the slate.

The three Marvel films set for 2020 are completely new additions to the slate.

Coco and Gigantic were never given firm, concrete release dates until the Variety article came out, so they too are completely new to the slate.

Before the list even begins, it states... "Here are the rest of Disney’s announcements". To me that says, announcements pertaining to that very day. October 8th.

So why are those two Walt Disney Animation Studios releases set for fall 2018 and fall 2019 respectively being eliminated on movie sites' release schedules? They're keeping the Marvel and Lucas titles set for 2017 and 2018 that have been set in stone for ages, but why are they getting rid of the two WDAS films? Why is it being assumed that Walt Disney Animation Studios is dropping those two release dates? Especially one they claimed two months ago???

What is that all about?

I ask because I myself want to know if Disney dropped those dates or not. I highly doubt they did, but a little clearing up would be nice...

On a related note, a rumor was going around suggesting that Marvel Studios was going to cancel the Inhumans movie that's currently set for 7/12/2019...

This rumor was based on a multitude of things, and it has been debunked. Inhumans is still happening.

One of the things that the rumor was rooted in was the fact that Inhumans wasn't on that Variety slate... But that's because Inhumans never moved, it's keeping the release date it's had for months... You know what else didn't move? Infinity War's two parts. Black Panther and Captain Marvel did, that's why they were on the list.

See... The list even inadvertently lead to people assuming that Inhumans was a goner.

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