All of the major Disney and Pixar trailers and announcements at D23 2022
Disney and Pixar kicked off D23 with a bang.
Disney brought its A-game at D23 2022 on the first official day, with many first glimpses, announcements, and trailers for forthcoming animated and live-action films. The Friday panel featured presentations spanning from Disney’s lineup of live-action remakes and sequels to Pixar’s upcoming films and even a fresh new 2023 picture from Disney Animation Studios.
Here’s a rundown of all the finest stuff from the D23 presentation to help you keep track of all the announcements and trailers:
HOCUS POCUS 2
This sequel has been in the works for a long time, but the latest teaser reunites the series’ trio of witches for more mischief and enchantment ahead of the film’s Sept. 30 release date on Disney Plus.
Giselle (Amy Adams), Disney’s live-action real-world princess, returns for a sequel in Disenchanted, some 15 years after the original film’s premiere. The film follows the Enchanted heroine, who now has a kid but isn’t exactly enjoying a fairy tale existence, prompting her to make an ill-fated wish. The clip has some singing and dancing, as well as Maya Rudolph as the film’s antagonist.
PETER PAN AND WENDY
Disney announced that its new Peter Pan film, starring Jude Law as Captain Hook, will premiere on Disney Plus sometime in 2023, and unveiled a new poster to commemorate the occasion.
MUFASA: THE LION KING
Barry Jenkins, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker of Moonlight, will helm this Lion King prequel film. While that’s quite amazing in and of itself, Disney didn’t reveal much new information to the public during D23, other from the fact that Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen will reprise their roles as Timon and Pumbaa in the prequel.
THE LITTLE MERMAID
In a quick teaser for The Little Mermaid, Disney offered us our first glimpse at Halle Bailey’s live-action Ariel, which includes a portion of the pop star’s song of “Part of Your World.”
We learned a few more information about Pixar’s new film Elemental, which will bring the elements to life by following Ember, a girl made of fire, and Wade, a guy made of water, who fall in love despite their differences and the impossibility of being together. The film, which will be released on June 16, 2023, will star Leah Lewis as Ember and Mamoudou Athie as Wade.
Pixar has revealed a new film called Elio, which will feature a teenage misfit who is unexpectedly appointed as Earth’s interplanetary envoy. America Ferrera will play Elio’s mother in the comedy about aliens visiting Earth. Elio is scheduled to arrive in the spring of 2024.
INSIDE OUT 2
Riley and her many conflicting feelings return in this sequel to one of Pixar’s most adored films of the previous decade. Inside Out 2 picks up Riley’s tale in her adolescence and reintroduces Amy Poehler as Joy — but Bill Hader and Mindy Kaling may not return, according to some rumors. In any case, Kelsey Mann will helm the film, which will be released in Summer 2024.
Iwáj is a new Disney Animation and Pan-African animation studio Kugali collaboration that takes set in a fictitious version of Lagos, Nigeria. The film will be available on Disney Plus in 2023.
Strange World is a forthcoming interplanetary adventure from Disney Animation that follows a dysfunctional family as they strive to explore hazardous extraterrestrial planets. The film will be released in theaters on November 23 of this year.
Wish, a new Disney Animation Studio film, will feature a young girl called Asha who makes a wish on a star and receives a more direct response than she bargained for when a trouble-making star descends from the sky to join her. Julia Michaels’ new songs will be used in the film, as well as a new animation technique for Disney that merges watercolor and CG animation. Wish is scheduled to be released in November 2023.