With 2016 officially upon us, Disney Studios has released its full slate of movies for the year.
And if you can look at it without emitting a high-pitched squeal of complete and total wish-fulfilled ecstasy, then you are a stronger man (or woman, or anthropomorphic talking volcano) than I.
From new Marvel superheroes to a “Star Wars” stand-alone to the long-awaited return of the undersea posse from “Finding Nemo,” this is going to be a huge year for the studio, with something amazing coming out practically every month. Below, we round up all the reasons why we’ll be basically living inside a jumbo bucket of movie theater popcorn in 2016.
Having brought Lupita Nyong’o into the fold with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Disney is doing its best to keep her there by casting her in everything, because everyone knows that you can’t have too much Lupita. In addition to starring in “The Queen of Katwe,” she’ll also be voicing Raksha in “The Jungle Book.” (Not to mention that the obvious next step would be to get her on board in a live-action reboot of “The Frog Princess.” Right? RIGHT. Come on, don’t crush our dreams.)
The BFG is a BFD.Disney
If you spent your childhood reading the vaguely-inappropriate-yet-fantastic fiction of Roald Dahl (come at me, fellow nerds), this is the one you’ve been waiting for: “The BFG,” directed by Stephen Spielberg, and written by “E.T.” scribe Melissa Mathison, has the best shot yet of being a truly faithful Dahl adaptation that keeps the weird edges of its source material intact.
The followup to “Finding Nemo” has been held up forever (probably by a bunch of delay fish), but we’ll finally be reunited with Dory on June 17, 2016. And if Johnny Depp in an orange wig and a pair of creepy-ass contact lenses is your thing, “Alice Through the Looking Glass” will bring us back to Wonderland in May.
The Disney princess we’ve been waiting for!Disney
Not only is the Disney’s princess portfolio getting some much-needed diversification with the long-awaited release of “Moana,” but The Rock is finally getting to play a Samoan demigod (a.k.a. he doesn’t actually have to act for this role.)
The only thing better than one Marvel movie is two Marvel movies, obviously — and not only will the “Captain America” trilogy come to an end with “Civil War” (May 16), but we’ll be introduced to the fabulous “Doctor Strange” in November.
Animals wearing pants.
Disney animals wear clothes so rarely, but when it does happen, it’s always real fun. Enter “Zootopia” (coming March 4), featuring a fox and a rabbit who wear pants and fight crime. YES.
And of course, more “Star Wars.”Disney
We might have to wait until 2017 for “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” but the first stand-alone anthology film, “Star Wars: Rogue One” will have plenty of Death Star action to tide us over ’til then. Yeah, Disney! You know what we like.