It’s going to be an amazing year at the movies! 2019 has an incredible slate of films that I have been looking forward to for a few years! 2017’s D23 Expo Live Action Panel showed me the life-sized animation model of Dumbo, and I was fascinated with how much like the original animated character it looked. I could see the 2D Dumbo’s soul in his eyes! Aladdin remains one of my husband’s favorite Disney movies, and I can’t wait to see the reincarnation of the film. Which movies will you be at the theatre for? Pass the popcorn and ROLL ‘EM!
March 9, 2019 – CAPTAIN MARVEL (Marvel Studios)
Capt. Marvel’s NIN nails T-shirt and all the 90s goodness got me in the trailer (see below). I’ll grab my ’96 Doc Martin’s out the closet and see you at the movies!
Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ #CaptainMarvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom. Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL opens on March 8, 2019, in U.S. theaters.
CAPTAIN MARVEL TRAILER REACTION:
March 29, 2019 – DUMBO (Walt Disney Studios)
Baby Mine, don’t you cry. I have so many theories about this movie! When I first caught wind of the dark-toned Ringmaster led film, I wanted to see it. There may be some that say don’t mess with a classic, but my elephant love runs deep. I can even see Timothy Mouse’s clothing and personality in Dumbo’s little girl. Now I can just fast forward to March to see the movie!
From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets. DUMBO flies into theaters on March 29, 2019.
April 17, 2019 – PENGUINS (Disneynature)
#DisneynaturePenguins, the all-new feature film, is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind “Bears” and “Chimpanzee,” Disneynature’s “Penguins” opens in theaters nationwide in time for Earth Day 2019. Disneynature’s PENGUINS opens in theaters on April 17, 2019.
April 26, 2019 – AVENGERS: ENDGAME (Marvel Studios)
My son is a big superhero fan. Scratch that; he’s a big AVENGERS fan. Originally Team Iron Man, he sticks with his choices and starts hopping up and down at the sight of the new AVENGERS: ENDGAME trailer. We’ll have opening weekend tickets as the film releases in U.S. theaters on April 26, 2019.
May 24, 2019 – #ALADDIN (Walt Disney Studios)
There is an early 90’s home video of my husband lip syncing this entire movie. His love for Aladdin is fierce, and I’d be willing to bet that it’s his original hook in into the Disney culture and why he tolerates me and my madness so well. I even surprised him for our 8th anniversary with a weekend trip to see Aladdin on Broadway! This is the reason I’ll have a front row seat at the movies this weekend, and I’ll bring him as a date!
A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie (“Sherlock Holmes,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”), who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August (“Dark Shadows,” “Big Fish”) and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.”
The film stars Will Smith (“Ali,” “Men in Black”) as the larger-than-life Genie; Mena Massoud (“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”) as the charming scoundrel Aladdin; Naomi Scott (“Power Rangers”) as Jasmine, the beautiful self-determined princess; Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express”) as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban (“Legion”) as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad (“Saturday Night Live”) as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen (“Into the Woods”) as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar (“The Great Wall”) as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards. ALADDIN opens in U.S. theatres nationwide May 24, 2019.
June 21, 2019 – TOY STORY 4 (Disney·Pixar)
Who doesn’t have an attachment to Woody and Buzz? The original film came out so long ago, but has maintained its staying power and love of the people. Disney Parks’ multiple iterations of the Land shows its popularity, and I’m no exception. I’m all for Toy Story 4, and extremely curious about Forky… will I love him as much?
Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy. Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”). Watch the Ducky and Bunny reaction to the Teaser Trailer here… which is like a Pixar Short in itself. Worth a watch! 🙂 Disney·Pixar’s#ToyStory4 ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.
TOY STORY 4 TEASER TRAILER:
July 19, 2019 – THE LION KING (Walt Disney Studios)
NAAAHHHHHH ZAA WHEN YAAAAAAA……. The Lion King is about to be retold by a whole new generation of film makers. Bring your “penguins in pajamas” to the movies in July to see a star studded cast voice this feature film. And did I mention the ORIGINAL Mufasa is back? James Earl Jones is King!
Director Jon Favreau’s all-new #TheLionKing journey’s to the African savannah where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother–and former heir to the throne-has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon, “The Lion King” utilizes pioneer filmmaking techniques to bring these treasured characters to life in a whole new way. THE LION KING roars into theatres on July 19, 2019.
THE LION KING TRAILER:
August 9, 2019 – ARTEMIS FOWL (Walt Disney Studios)
Judi Dench? Sign me up. My Disney Parks Nerdbrain will be hearing her recite the Spaceship Earth script during the film… you can’t stop me! I may not know much about Artemis Fowl right now, but I’ll be learning with popcorn in my lap this year!
Disney’s “Artemis Fowl,” based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, is a fantastical, spellbinding adventure that follows the journey of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he seeks to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared. With the help of his loyal protector Butler, Artemis sets out to find him, and in doing so uncovers an ancient, underground civilization—the amazingly advanced world of fairies. Deducing that his father’s disappearance is somehow connected to the secretive, reclusive fairy world, cunning Artemis concocts a dangerous plan—so dangerous that he ultimately finds himself in a perilous war of wits with the all-powerful fairies. “Artemis Fowl” is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Tamara Smart, Nonzo Anozie, with Josh Gad, and Judi Dench. Judy Hofflund and Branagh are producing with Angus More Gordon and Matthew Jenkins serving as executive producers. Conor McPherson wrote the screenplay. Disney’s ARTEMIS FOWL opens in U.S. theaters on August 9, 2019.
ARTEMIS FOWL TRAILER:
November 22, 2019 – FROZEN 2 (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Did you see the surprise scene at the end of Wreck It Ralph 2: Wralph Breaks the Inernet? You’ve got to see it…. it’s a sneak peek of Frozen2. Just trust me on this….
Arendelle heats up in 2019 when Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf return to the big screen in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2,” the much-anticipated follow-up to 2013’s Oscar®-winning “Frozen”—the highest grossing animated film of all time. Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad reprise their roles, while Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the team behind “Frozen,” return to the directors’ chairs. FROZEN 2 opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.
December 20, 2019 – STAR WARS: EPISODE IX (Lucasfilm)
STAR WARS: EPISODE IX opens in U.S. theaters on December 20, 2019. That’s all I know about it right now. I anticipate a wrapping up of the Skywalker Family saga, but I’m not sure!