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Disney Films Out In 2021

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It has been a pretty sparse year when it comes to Disney film releases. Many scheduled for 2020 have inevitably re-scheduled, some vanished from 2021 calendar completely. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on filming and animation. But 2021 has become a beacon of light for Disney Studios.

There are plenty of films to look forward to in the new year. Disney’s mass expansion has allowed the empire to multiply in many different directions. IP machines Pixar, Marvel and 21st Century Fox are a few who have entered the fold. This growth has paved the way for newbies, overhauls, and sequels to dominate the industry.

Let’s take a look at some anticipated films expected to hit the screens in the next year. And what Disney’s calendar looks like.

Raya and the Last Dragon

Release date: 12th March 2021

The studio behind Moana and Frozen have created this hyper-realistic visual. The animation follows Raya, a trainee guardian dragon gem. Along with her adorable side-kick Tuk Tuk, she sets out to find the last dragon. Kelly Maria Tran (Raya) and Awkwafina (Sisu) star in this mind-blowing simulation. The film is set to be theatrically released by Disney in the US in March 2021.

Black Widow

Release date: 7th May 2021

This prequel to the Avengers film will star David Harbour as Alexei. Florence Pugh as Yelena and Rachel Weisz as Melina. Cate Shortland has the task of fast-tracking this film to fit into the 2021 calendar.

Cruella

Release date: 28th May 2021

What’s better than a new live-action version of 101 Dalmatians you ask? A film dedicated to the villain we all love to hate. Even better? Emma Stone has bagged the role of the evil dog-napper Cruella, and she looks pretty fabulous. Mark Strong (who plays Boris) has already hailed it as story-telling at its best. But the live-action prequel looks at how Cruella came to be, rather than how much fur she actually owns. The plot looks at Cruella’s fashion career, and how her insatiable lust for fur developed.

Luca

Release date: 18th June 2021

Luca promises to be a beautifully sweet and endearing tale about a boy who befriends a sea monster. Disney hasn’t revealed much for this film so far. A trailer teaser aired back in August, but it is rather opaque. It’s set to hit the big screen next summer.

The Little Mermaid

Release date: 9th July 2021

With many of Disney original animations rebooted. It was inevitable that The Little Mermaid would make an appearance. The announcement bought much anticipation, but fans have also voiced their anxieties. Even so, the film is set to be a record-breaking box office hit. Disney has broadcasted that Halle Bailey will play the leading role of Ariel. Jonah Hauer-King is cast as Eric. Much-loved comedian Melissa McCarthy will play arch-villain Ursula. And Awkwafina as Scuttle.

Jungle Cruise

Release date: 30th July 2021

Jungle Cruise, sound familiar? Well, that’s because the movie was set to air back in 2019. The movie’s new release date was pushed to 2020, but Mulan took the spot. Now, with the pandemic, further delays have pushed it to summer 2021. Dwayne Johnson took to social media to announce the news. Although the pandemic has put the film on the backbench, the delay is also because of the film’s premise. Jungle Cruise is based on the eponymous theme park ride. The team felt that the release of the film shouldn’t happen unless the theme park is open.

Eternals

Release date: 5th November 2021

Another film to have fallen victim to the pandemic is Chloe Zhao’s Eternals. Marvel is going all-out in marketing for this production. Their website even includes a countdown until the film’s release. Eternals follows the events of Avengers: End Game, and includes a stellar star cast. Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden and Kit Harrington are but a few names obtained.

West Side Story

Release date: 10th December 2021

As far as musicals go, the 1957 production is one of the best. And an adaptation is going to hit our screens towards the end of 2021. Steven Spielberg has taken on the colossal task of restoring the original tale. Where two teenagers of different ethnicity fall in love in 1950s New York.

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Release date: 17th December 2021

Tom Holland makes his third appearance as one of Marvel’s most beloved heroes. Zendaya will also be returning as MJ. The movie promises to be action-packed with a few twists and turns along the way.


And that’s our list of Disney films to look forward to in 2021. What do you think? Which one will you be queuing up to see? Let us know in the comments below.


Check out our article on Superhero movies to get excited about in 2021 HERE.

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    December 8, 2020 at 8:12 am

    good article

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The Good, The Bad And The Classic

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Disney Plus introduced Star to the service a little while ago now with loads of highlights. We’re sure, like us, you’ve had a good old delve into the catalogue and watched some of your faves. But, just in case you’ve missed anything, we have put together a little guide on what’s good to get stuck into. Also what’s bad and could do with being swiped past, and the classic must-see TV series and films that you probably didn’t even realise were there.

So, when you find yourself looking for something to watch on a Friday evening or binge for a couple of weeks, don’t scroll endlessly, just take a look at our guide of Disney Plus Star recommendations.


The Good

These are the films and series that have been released within the last 10 years, which you need to watch or should at least be on your ‘to watch’ list.

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Atlanta (2016 – Present)

If you haven’t watched this series yet, why not? The creative and talented Donald Glover heads up the show as the main character ‘Earn’, and on the writing credits too (among 6 others, including his brother Stephen Glover), in this funny, gritty and realistic series which follows a rapper ‘Paper Boy’ and his manager Earn (Glover) as they navigate the rap business. If you have watched the show before, you may want to re-watch for a recap as season 3 has been promised to us very soon.

9-1-1 (2018 – Present)

This isn’t just any emergency service drama, this series covers the lives of several Los Angeles first responders: police officers, paramedics, firefighters, and dispatchers. It also has some big names involved, including Angela Bassett and, later in the series, Jennifer Love Hewitt. For some reason though, there’s only two of the four seasons of 9-1-1 on Disney Plus Star so far, but it’s well worth a watch and we’re sure the other two seasons should be along soon.

Doll Face (2019 – Present)

By the title alone, and the fact that it’s a weekly release, it initially looked like this series was set around a stereotypical break up and was destined for the bad list. However, the witty script, amazing female actors and relatable storyline made me put this series firmly within the good pile as I can’t wait to watch more. Kat Dennings takes the lead in the series and really brings to life upcoming writer Jordan Weiss’ story of female friendships after a breakup.

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The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

This beautiful coming of age story, based on a book with the same name, is a great watch for all ages, not just teens. Be ready for oodles of romance, as well as teary and heart-warming moments, as you follow two teens affected by cancer as they set off on a journey of discovery.

The Favourite (2018)

We love a period drama, and this quirky look at the reign of Queen Anne is no exception. With starring roles from Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone and Nicholas Hoult, it’s no wonder The Favourite had 336 nominations in award season and 182 wins. It’s definitely one of the best films from the last 5 years on Disney Plus Star.

Deadpool 2 (2018)

There are some examples coming up in these lists that give sequels a bad name, however, Deadpool 2 isn’t one of them. If you were putting off watching this one because of the sequel curse, don’t, it’s just as good – if not better – than the first. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is back as the foul-mouthed superhero and, this time, he brings some new friends: Domino (Zazie Beetz), Fire Fist (Julian Dennison) and Weasel (T.J. Miller) among others.


The Bad

There’s not as many on this ‘bad’ list as Star has done a pretty good job with their chosen titles. However, like any service, there are always a few bad eggs in our opinion… This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch these, it’s more of a warning that there may be better things to press play on.

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Lost (2004 – 2010)

To be completely honest here, the first two seasons of Lost are very entertaining and interesting to watch, as you follow several people who try to survive a plane crash and have to adapt to life on a strange island. But, by the middle of season three, things start to get a little confusing and we found ourselves getting lost (pun intended) in the plot until the final sixth season, only to be hit with a heavily reported disappointing end… even worse than some people’s feelings about Game Of Thrones. So, we recommendation delving into some of the other series rather than this one.

24: Legacy (2017)

Trying to build another series from an established series can be very hit or miss – and this one was a huge miss. So much so that Fox axed it just after one series.

It takes on the same format as the original 24 series, where one season is just one day, however, this time they are trying to stop a terrorist attack. The format just doesn’t work with this storyline and you lose a lot of momentum and excitement, plus the acting just isn’t the best.

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Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Just like building another series off a series, sequels can also be tricky beasts… some are good, some are bad and, when it follows an absolute classic like ‘Independence Day’, it needs to be amazing. Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite live up to the legacy of the first film; I mean, not even ‘Hunger Games’ Liam Hemsworth couldn’t get this to match up with the original. But it is still entertaining, so if you do decide to watch this one, just do so with caution.


The Classic

As you have probably already noticed there are some absolute classics on Disney Plus Star, so this is going to be the longest list, full of series that you can binge from start to finish and films that stand the test of time and can be re-watched repeatedly. Most of these titles don’t need much explanation as you’ll have already watched or heard about them, but you might not have spotted them yet on Disney Plus Star as some were buried deep in the archives.

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X Files (1993 – 2001)

If you were born in the 90s or 00s, this one may have gone under your radar; however, once you watch the first season full of aliens, wired going ons and the brilliantly disjointed relationship of FBI agents, conspiracy theorist Fox Mulder and realist Dana Scully, you won’t want to stop watching. Granted some of the special effects are a little dated and unbelievable, but you will soon forget about that as you get sucked into the narrative.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2002)

I know, I know, it’s hard to think there are people out there that haven’t watched a single vampire slaying, kick-ass, sci-fi loaded episode… but there is. If you are one of those people, what are you waiting for? Every single episode is here wating for you to binge. If you don’t fancy delving into the full thing, I would recommend at least taking a peek at the seventh episode of the sixth series (Once More, with Feeling: Buffy the Musical).

24 (2001 – 2014)

Before Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) burst on our screens in 2001, this kind of format for a series had never been attempted before and it just worked, so much so it ran for 9 seasons. It may seem odd at first, as each series is just one day, but you really do get sucked in.

Grey’s Anatomy (2005 – 2018)

Within its almost 13 years of being on air, this series has offered every heart-warming and breath-holding moment you need from a hospital-based drama. This would be a perfect series to start if you want something that will last you a while.

Sons of Anarchy (2008 – 2014)

Bikes, leather and action: what’s not to like? This series ran for a glorious 7 seasons, and within these episodes, there is storyline upon storyline that will keep you hooked and wanting to know more about the motorcycle club that straddles the line between legal and illegal.

Films on Disney Plus Star

(We’re pretty sure you will have watched most of these films, but they are well worth a re-watch)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

The film that started them all. Since the release of this film in 1968, there have been seven more sequels and remakes of the original sci-fi movie, two of which you can also watch on Disney Plus Star: Planet Of the Apes (2001) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).

Jewel of the Nile (1985)

It could possibly be that the countless TV showings over the have passed you by, but if you’ve not seen Jewel of the Nile, you should definitely give it a go. Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito are fantastic in this pure 80s romantic action comedy.

Cocktail (1988)

Sticking within the 80s romantic comedy realm, you’ve also got Cocktail, which is full of love ultimatums, with a dash of cheese. Come on, you know you want to watch a young Tom Cruise at work.

The Fly (1986)

One name – Jeff Goldblum. Watch it.

Pretty Woman (1990)

We were just as excited as the first time we watched it when we saw this classic on the service. To not watch this again would be a big mistake. HUGE.

Toys (1992)

This wonderfully wacky story by Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson comes alive with the help of one of the best comedic actors of all time, Robin Williams, alongside the wonderful Joan Cusack and, bizarrely, LL Cool J.

What’s Love Got To Do With It (1993)

Whether you love Tina Turner’s music or not, it does not matter. This is one of the most interesting and inspirational biographical movies that you will ever watch. Word of warning, the incredible Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishburne are so great at their roles that some of the more sensitive scenes are very realistic.

Braveheart (1995)

With any new service, there are glitches, and we found one! Whilst watching this absolute classic a few weeks ago, about two and a half hours into the film the screen when to the small screen format as if the credits had come up, making it difficult to watch the last part of the film. However, when we went to finish the film off a week later the glitch had been fixed and you can now watch the whole film without interruption… FREEDOM!

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)

We all know that when it comes to film, Baz Luhrmann is a genius and he doesn’t disappoint with this abstract take on the story. It’s worth watching for the soundtrack alone.

Independence Day (1996)

90s Will Smith doing what he did best: lots of running, fighting and shouting – need I say more? Oh yes, you can also watch another one of his masterpieces, Enemy of the State (1998) on this service too.

Con Air (1997)

‘Put the bunny back in the box’ and sit down and watch this classic… we all know Nicholas Cage films can be a little unpredictable, but this film is definitely a hit, especially as he is joined by other legends of the screen, including John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, John Cusack and Ving Rhames.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Well if it’s at our fingertips, why not watch this film for the 56th time… this year.


So, there you have it, these are some of our highlights and must-miss titles from Disney Plus Star. Are there any that we missed? If so, comment below and let us know what category they belong in.


Check out the top 10 hidden gems in the other Disney Plus feeds HERE.

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