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New Disney films: these highlights await us in 2021

New Disney films 2021: Highlights including theatrical releases at a glance

"Raya and the Last Dragon" (German cinema and streaming start: March 5, 2021)

Magical creatures, fantastic landscapes and lots of adventure: The new Disney film, behind which the makers of "Vaiana" and "Frozen" are, takes place in the fictional Southeast Asian country of Kumandra, which is threatened by dark beings. In order to restore peace in her homeland, the young warrior Raya has to find the last remaining dragon in the region - because only he can help her. The new Disney film will start worldwide on March 5, 2021 - both in cinemas and at Disney + (with paid VIP access for 22 euros).

"Cruella" (German cinema and streaming start: May 28, 2021)

Fans of "101 Dalmatians" can look forward to the fact that the cartoon from 1996 will soon be back in cinemas as a real-life version. In the remake, the focus is even more on the evil Cruella De Vil - hence the film title "Cruella" - and Hollywood star Emma Stone will take on the leading role. Set in the 80s punk scene, the film tells the story of how Cruella De Vil became a villain. The film will premiere on May 28, 2021 both in theaters and on Disney + (with VIP access). We are definitely looking forward to the punk version of the Disney classic!

"Jungle Cruise" (German theatrical release: July 29, 2021)

Inspired by the Disneyland attraction of the same name, "Jungle Cruise" is an adventure film starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the lead roles. Captain Frank makes it his mission to take the researcher Lily and a few other passengers to a magical tree with supposedly healing powers by means of a cruise through the Amazon. It goes without saying that this mission is not that easy and that Frank & Co. have to fight dangerous animals and supernatural beings before they get there.

"Luca" (streaming start: June 18, 2021)

In 2021, the new Pixar film "Luca", which is set in a picturesque coastal town on the Italian Riviera, provides a lot of summer feeling. The story is about a boy who spends his summer vacation in Italy with his new best friend - so far, so good. The unexpected twist: The two are sea monsters from another world. As in so many other Pixar and Disney films, everything here revolves around friendship. Fans will be able to see the film exclusively on Disney +.

"Peter Pan & Wendy" (Disney + will start streaming: 2021)

Everyone who secretly never wanted to grow up can be happy: Peter Pan is coming back! The new live-action film from Disney relies on the young talents Ever Anderson and Alexander Molony in the lead roles, as reported by the US industry magazine "Variety" - they will bring the popular characters Wendy and Peter Pan to life. Fun Fact: Ever Anderson is the 13-year-old daughter of Hollywood couple Milla Jovovich and Paul W. S. Anderson and starred alongside her mother in 2016 in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Jude Law is also there - the 48-year-old will play Captain Hook. And Yara Shahidi ("Black-ish") will play the fairy Tinker Bell. There is no exact start date for "Peter Pan & Wendy" yet, a launch at Disney + is currently planned, probably in 2021. David Lowery ("Pete's Dragon") will direct the film, by the way.

"Hercules" (theatrical release: unknown)

The 1997 cartoon is also returning as a live-action version, as "The Hollywood Reporter" confirms. The new Disney film is being produced by Marvel directors Joe and Anthony Russo ("Avengers", "Captain America"), and Dave Callaham ("Expendables") is responsible for the script. Accordingly, fans can look forward to a lot of action scenes. There is no official information about the cast yet, but Disney fans already have some ideas - from Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron and "Outlander" star Sam Heughan as Hercules to Ariana Grande as Megara and Tom Hiddleston as Hades, it's imaginary Casting in full swing thanks to Twitter & Co. Who will ultimately bring the characters from Greek mythology to life remains to be seen.

"Ariel, the Mermaid" (theatrical release: unknown)

The cartoon classic from 1989 is coming back as a real-life film. When exactly is still unknown - Disney insiders are predicting the end of 2021. Rob Marshall ("Chicago", "Pirates of the Caribbean 4") will direct, Lin Manuel-Miranda, who is best known for the hit musical "Hamilton" is responsible for the soundtrack. Arielle is played by singer Halle Bailey. Melissa McCarthy, who will still know the "Gilmore Girls" fans as Lorelai's best friend Sookie, will also star in the new "Ariel, the Mermaid" film: According to "Variety", she slips into the role of the sea witch Ursula. Other cast members include 14-year-old Canadian actor Jacob Tremblay (as Fabius), Javier Bardem (as King Triton), US rapper and actress Awkwafina (as Seagull Scuttle) and newcomer Jonah Hauer-King (as Prince Eric).

"Sadé" (theatrical release: unknown)

The Disney film "Sadé", which was announced in July 2018, does not require any animated artwork: In it, the African princess Sadé has to fight evil with magical powers in order to save her people and her kingdom. Of course, Sadé is supported by a prince, among others. The project was commissioned, but so far neither the director nor the main actors have been determined. "Sadé" will be the first Disney film to tell the story of a black princess in Africa. In 2009 "Tiana" appeared as the first Afro-American heroine in "Kiss the Frog". The start date for "Sadé" is still unknown.

"Lilo & Stitch" (theatrical release: unknown)

"Ohana means family. Family means that everyone stands together and is there for one another": This quote comes from the cartoon "Lilo & Stitch", which was released in 2002 and won the hearts of all Disney fans. Now this is being filmed again. Dan Lin and Jonathan Eiric, who already worked together on the "Aladdin" remake, are producing the real-life version. This will be a mixture of live action (scenes that were filmed with real people) and CGI recordings that can be generated thanks to 3D computer graphics. It is not yet clear whether the new "Lilo & Stitch" film will be shown in the cinema or only for the new Disney streaming service. According to "Variety", Jon M. Chu ("Crazy Rich") will direct the film.

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (Theatrical release: unknown)

The cartoon from 1996 gets a remake: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is coming back as a live-action musical film. The new film, which is only called "Hunchback" and no longer "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" in English, is based on both the Disney classic and the novel by Victor Hugo. David Henry Hwang will write the script, Alan Menken ("Wicked") and "Stephen Schwartz (" Beauty and the Beast ") will be responsible for the score, but who will play the bell ringer and Esmeralda has not yet been determined.

"Bambi" (theatrical release: unknown)

The classic cartoon from 1942 is being remade: "Bambi" is also getting a remake. Just like "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", "Ariel, the Mermaid" & Co., the Disney film returns in the live-action version. According to "Variety" Geneva Robertson-Dworet ("Captain Marvel") and Lindsey Beer ("Sierra Burgess Is A Loser") are responsible for the script. It has not yet been decided who will direct.

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"Onward: No half measures" (Release: March 5, 2020)

From the makers of "Toy Story" and "The Incredibles", a new Pixar fantasy film hit the big screen in March 2020. "Onward" tells the story of two teenage elven brothers, Ian and Bartley Lightfoot, who live in a fictional magical world and who use magical powers to bring their deceased father back to life for a day. Together they experience an unforgettable adventure. The voices of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer can be heard in the English original in the leading roles.

"Artemis Fowl" (Disney + launch date: August 14, 2020)

"Artemis Fowl" is the live-action film adaptation of the globally successful novel series of the same name by Eoin Colfer. Artemis is a twelve year old Irish genius who tries to save his kidnapped father. For this, the boy kidnaps the fairy and officer of the "Central Underground Police" Holly Short - in the hope that he can save his own dad thanks to the ransom. The newcomer Ferdia Shaw can be seen in the lead role, and Judi Dench and Josh Gad are also part of the party.

"Mulan" (Disney + launch date: September 4, 2020)

Disney provided the necessary portion of girl power with the real-life version of "Mulan" in 2020. Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, plays the Chinese heroine in it. A release was originally planned for November 22, 2018, but the film was pushed back in favor of "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms". In 2020, the remake had to forego a theatrical release due to the coronavirus pandemic and instead celebrated its premiere at Disney +.

"Soul" (Disney + launch date: December 25, 2020)

"Inside Out" fans will also love this Pixar film: "Soul" deals with the question of who we really are, deep down, and what passions we have. The animated film tells the story of a New York music teacher whose greatest dream is to become a jazz musician. Shortly before his big breakthrough, Joe Gardner had an accident in which his soul was separated from his body and was sent to a self-discovery seminar. There he meets a female soul named 22 and the two become friends. A cute and inspiring story with the voices of Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey.

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"Webcrasher: Chaos on the Net" (German theatrical release: January 24, 2019)

Do you still remember "Ralph is enough" (original title: "Wreck-It Ralph")? In the second part, Ralph embarks on an adventure in the world of video games. This time Ralph and his good friend Vanellope have to go online to look for a replacement part for a broken game. During her journey, Vanellope meets all of the Disney princesses - from Cinderella, Snow White and Belle to Pocahontas, Elsa and Moana. This is the first time that all the princesses can be seen in the same film and is therefore a real highlight for Disney fans.

"Dumbo" (German theatrical release: March 28, 2019)

Tim Burton is directing the remake of the Disney classic "Dumbo". The celebrity cast: Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton and Eva Green. Incidentally, the film was not shot in Hollywood, but in a studio in London.

"Aladdin" (German theatrical release: May 23, 2019)

"Aladdin" is back - as a real-life version! Newcomer Mena Massoud plays the title role, while British-Indian actress Naomi Scott plays his significant other, Princess Jasmin. Hollywood star Will Smith embodies the funny genie.

"The Lion King" (German theatrical release: July 18, 2019)

"Can it really be love"? None other than superstar Beyoncé sings the romantic love song from "The Lion King". The Disney classic was remade as a live-action movie, alongside Beyoncé as Nala, Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones as Mufasa and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar. You can find all further information about the film "The Lion King" here.

"Toy Story 4" (German theatrical release: October 3, 2019)

Probably the most beautiful Disney or Pixar film of all time went into the fourth round in 2019. This time Woody is going on a road trip. A new "toy", a plastic fork called Forky, accompanies him on his adventure. The two main roles speak (in the original) again Tom Hanks and Tim Allen.

"Maleficent: Forces of Darkness" (Release: October 17, 2019)

In May 2014 "Maleficent - The Dark Fairy" came to the cinema. Exactly four years later, in May 2018, shooting began on the second part of the film, which is based on the cartoon "Sleeping Beauty". Elle Fanning posted two funny selfies from the set with fellow actor Angelina Jolie on Instagram. "Maleficent - Powers of Darkness" came to the cinema on October 17, 2019, much earlier than expected. In addition to Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley and Ed Skrein are also involved in the sequel.

"Frozen 2" (German theatrical release: November 21, 2019)

"Let it goooo, let it gooo" - well, do you still have a catchy tune from the "Frozen" title song to this day? Also in the sequel to "The Ice Queen" there are lots of new songs with catchy tune potential. This time, the two sisters Anna and Elsa are going on a journey "even further away from [the kingdom] of Arendelle". Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff also lend their voices to the main characters Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Kristoff in the sequel to the animated film.