Disney announced two new animated movies in the works as well as news for two more sequels to existing animated movie franchises at their D23 Expo in Anaheim. First up, the two new flicks – “Zootopia” with “Toy Story”’s Brad Lasseter at the helm, a buddy action film which he envisions as a Mr. Toad-like world where animals wear human clothing and “The Good Dinosaur”, about an Apatosaurus [what you may also used to know as Brontosaurus] family and featuring an impressive collection of voice talent in John Lithgow, Frances McDormand, Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer and Bill Hader.
Disney also announced news for sequels already in the works – “Planes” and “Finding Nemo” – with “Planes: Fire and Rescue” adding Julie Bowen as voice talent and “Finding Dory” adding new characters of Dory’s parents who will be voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy.
In other news, a new Mickey Mouse short entitled “Get A Horse!” which combines old school animation with new technology, will debut in front of “Frozen” on November 27, 2013 while a Monsters University short – “Party Central” – about the monsters throwing a party, will debut in front of “The Good Dinosaur” next year. Additionally, two new Tinkerbell-based movies will be arriving in the near future while the undated new Pixar film, “Inside Out”, about the inner workings of an 11-year-old’s brain, has a cast including Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling.
“The Good Dinosaur” is scheduled for a May 30, 2104 release, “Finding Dory” is set for November 25, 2015 and “Zootopia” is tentatively scheduled for a 2016 release.