Disney and Pixar: releases confirmed for 2024 and 2025 so far

The last few years have been challenging for Walt Disney both in the field of animation and in its other divisions. The same goes for Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm.

According to the news in recent months, the main reason is that the studios’ new productions have captivated the public as expected.

In the case of Disney, the strategy of executive director Bob Iger, as well as the entire team, is to boost shareholder profits. To achieve this, the studio is inclined to tell more of its classic stories while giving less space to original ideas.

However, Disney, being the size it is, already has its next releases in mind and prepared, despite any crisis.

Below, you can check the calendar of future releases from Walt Disney Studios, as well as those from Pixar, for movie theaters throughout 2024 and 2025.

Here, it is important to highlight that we do not consider the releases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as the ‘Star Wars’ films and series, as the studio does not seem to have a very ‘fixed’ calendar for this franchise.

Disney and Pixar: calendar of news in 2024 and 2025

You studios promise to surprise the public with engaging stories, captivating characters and lots of magic – Photo: Divulgação/Multiverso Notícias

‘Inside Out 2’

‘Inside Out’ is one of the greatest achievements of Pixar in the last ten years.

The production is always remembered not only for its technical and narrative quality, but for grossing US$858 million worldwide.

With this feat, the work is the second highest grossing for an original film from the studio, excluding sequels such as ‘Toy Story 3’ and ‘4’, ‘Finding Dory’ and ‘The Incredibles 2’.

Taking this into consideration, it was natural to rescue Riley’s story and all the emotions that inhabit her brain; this time, however, with new additions, as Anxiety is coming and seems to be accompanied.

The script for this sequel was written by Meg LeFauve, author of the 2015 film.

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The direction is in charge of Kelsey Mann, director of ‘Central da Festa’, a short film from the ‘Monsters Inc.’ universe.

  • When does it debut? June 14, 2024

‘Moana 2’

After a series of unsuccessful theatrical releases, including celebrating the studio’s centennial with ‘Wish: The Power of Wishes‘, Disney surprised by announcing a direct sequel to ‘Moana’.

Arriving later this year, ‘Moana 2’ was originally planned as a series for Disney+. Basically, Disney reworked the project to make it a theatrical film, and we’ll see the result this November.

The film is written and directed by David G. Derrick Jr., who worked on the storyboards for the original film and is now taking on his first directorial role. Further details about the plot have not yet been released.

  • When it premieres: November 27, 2024

‘Mufasa: The Lion King’ (live-action)

Released in 2019, the live-action remake of ‘The Lion King’ (which is actually a hyper-realistic animation) may not have received much critical praise, but it generated good revenue for the studio.

As such, it’s not surprising to find out that we’re getting a sequel and prequel of sorts this year, titled ‘Mufasa: The Lion King‘.

The film should feature Rafiki telling Kiara (Simba and Nala’s daughter) the story of his grandfather, the legendary King Mufasa.

With the release date set for Christmas, a holiday that usually fills movie theaters in the USA, it is certain that the studio is betting big on the film directed by Barry Jenkins, known for his direction on the Oscar-winning ‘Moonlight’ and ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’.

  • When it premieres: December 20, 2024

‘Snow White’ (live-action)

Following the trend of live-action remakes, we have ‘Snow White’ ordered for next year, a film that has been the subject of several controversies and controversies since its announcement.

After rumors that the ‘Seven Dwarfs’ would be cut from the story, the studio reversed its decision and released an image, calming fans of the 1937 classic.

With Rachel Zegler and Gal Gadot in the roles of Snow White and the Evil Queen, respectively, the film is directed by Marc Webb, who has works such as ‘500 Days of Summer’ and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’, and has a script by Greta Gerwig, known for ‘Barbie ‘.

According to rumors, the film would have cost around US$330 million, an exorbitant amount even for blockbusters.

  • When it premieres: March 21, 2025

‘Elio’

Among so many sequels and remakes, Pixar presented an original idea scheduled for release next year.

The animation ‘Elio’, scheduled to premiere on June 13th next year, tells the story of a boy who, unintentionally, ends up at the center of an interplanetary community and is soon mistaken for the ‘Ambassador of Earth’.

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Initially scheduled for 2024, the film was postponed due to the actors and screenwriters’ strike and promises to be one of the most interesting animations next year, especially as it is developed by Adrian Molina, co-writer and co-director of ‘Viva! The life is a party’.

However, the film runs the risk of being overshadowed in box office for the next release.

  • When it premieres: June 13, 2025

‘Moana’ (live-action)

Although less than 10 years have passed since the release of ‘Moana: A Sea of ​​Adventure’, the Disney has already realized that audiences miss it enough not only to return to theaters for the sequel, but for the live-action remake, which, apparently, should bring The Rock back as the demigod Maui.

According to the producers, the film should go into production later this year, which would guarantee its release in the middle of next year.

Thomas Kail, director of Hamilton’s prologue, is hired to direct the film, which should closely follow the plot of the 2016 film. Auli’i Cravalho has already confirmed that she will not return to the role of Moana.

  • When it premieres: June 27, 2025

‘Zootopia 2’

Another sequel that awaits us is ‘Zootopia 2’, a film that will expand the limits of the city inhabited by anthropomorphic animals.

So far, we don’t know many details about the plot, nor the new characters that will join the franchise; Furthermore, there is no information about the cast of voices.

However, the film will be directed by Jared Bush and Josie Trinidad, respectively, the screenwriter and screenwriter of the original feature.

This will be the third project in the franchise, which already had a spin-off for Disney+, titled ‘Zootopia+’, released in November 2022.

  • When it premieres: November 26, 2025

Other undated projects

In addition to the aforementioned projects, Disney is expanding its live-action sagas, however, with no confirmed release date.

‘Tron: Ares’ is already in the midst of filming and will bring Jared Leto, from ‘Morbius’, as the protagonist, with Norwegian Joachim Rønning, from ‘Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil’, directing.

Other live-action remakes are in production for the cinema, but no release date has been announced.

Among the projects are ‘The Aristocats’, ‘Bambi’, ‘Hercules’ and ‘The Hunchback of Notre-Dame’, all in different stages of development.

Finally, adaptations of attractions from Disneyland, such as the film based on ‘The Tower of Terror’, which will have Scarlett Johansson in the cast, and the possibility of a new ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, with a new protagonist.