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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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  1. Brenton Peck

    December 8, 2020 at 8:12 am

    good article

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9 Bands You Forgot Played Themselves In Movies

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There are more bands than you think that played themselves on the big screen. Here are nine bands you might’ve forgotten appeared in movies.

1. Alice Cooper – Wayne’s World (1992)

Being a teenager in the nineties was great for many reasons. Two of those being the release of the Wayne’s World movies. The genius that is Mike Myers created one of the best music-based films of all time. Plus, he convinced one of the greatest rock musicians of all time to be in it. If you’re not a geek like me, you may have forgotten that Alice Cooper was featured in the film. It had the iconic scene of Wayne and Garth meeting, Alice, backstage on bent knees. We’re not worthy, indeed. Alice himself pulls off the diva Rockstar brilliantly, even though he’s a genuine, down-to-earth guy who plays a lot of golf.

2. Primus – Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)

Let’s try and erase the recent Bill & Ted movie from our memory and head back to 1991 for their bogus journey. They come from the future to kill the non-robot versions of themselves and ruin their performance at a Battle of the Bands competition. What’s cool is the band who are playing before them. Californian alt-metal kings Primus. Although the clip is only short, they play themselves and sound as you would expect. Epic.

3. Fall Out Boy – Sex Drive (2008)

You’d be forgiven for forgetting about this one. The teen sex comedy from 2008 is forgettable and won’t really appeal to anyone apart from its teen target audience. If you can sit through all the cringe-inducing moments, you will spot pop-rockers Fall Out Boy. They are performing in a barn in front of some drunk Amish teenagers. There’s a reason for that, but I won’t bore you with it here. What is good, is the soundtrack of the film. As well as Fall Out Boy, it features Airbourne, AC/DC and weirdly, Kenny Loggins.

4. Twisted Sister – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Paul Reuben’s character Pee Wee Herman made his big-screen outing in 1985. The children’s show star had a scene where he is being chased through a studio parking lot. Unbeknown to him, glam rockers Twisted Sister are recording a music video on a car. Lead singer Dee Snider is always up for a laugh, so it’s no surprise they’re featured. The clip is brilliant. Pee Wee’s prop-laden bike is just about to crash into Twisted Sister and the look on Dee’s face is genius. Go check out the clip.

5. David Bowie – Zoolander (2001)

Who can forget the brilliant Zoolander? Starring Ben Stiller as the dippy model, it’s one of the funniest comedies ever made. One of the best scenes of the film is the walk-off. This involved Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson’s characters doing a catwalk-off. Of sorts. Can you remember who refereed it? The legend himself, David Bowie. It’s not the first time Bowie was in a movie – remember Labyrinth? But this time, he plays himself. And does it with all the cool swagger you would expect.

6. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Clueless (1995)

I can’t say that I was a massive fan of this teen comedy at the time. The plot revolves around Alicia Silverstone’s character giving her friend a makeover. The premise doesn’t sound like it lends itself to a cool band cameo. You’d be wrong, though. There’s a scene where the lead characters go watch a gig. The band that are playing are The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The Boston ska-punk legends are only on stage for a moment, but it’s a slick clip. It certainly brings the film up a level on the cool stakes.

7. Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy (2010)

This sequel to the original sci-fi classic is a cracking movie. The visuals and effects are stunning, as is the atmosphere of the film. The music to the film is also rather special. A futuristic and dystopian movie could only have one act doing the score, and that’s Daft Punk. It works a treat. The music is intertwined into the movie and becomes a part of it. The delicious electronica is the perfect complement to the visuals. The French electronic masters also have a cameo at the end of the movie. They’re spinning the decks in a blink-and-you-miss-it scene.

8. Aerosmith – Wayne’s World (1993)

We’ve already had an appearance from the first film further up our list, and the second doesn’t disappoint either. The plot revolves around Wayne and Garth putting on their own music festival. Book them and they will come, is the advice given. And they certainly did. The headline band for the festival were none other than Aerosmith themselves. They do a sterling effort on stage as performers. And Steven Tyler also shows that he can handle his own on the acting front too.

9. Reel Big Fish – BASEketball (1998)

Trey Parker and Matt Stone star in this bizarre and hilarious sports comedy. Written by the king of spoof David Zucker, it’s become a cult classic. The soundtrack heavily features ska-punkers Reel Big Fish. They do a brilliant rendition of A-HA’s Take on Me, which they also perform in the movie. The band are the entertainment at the stadium where Parker and Stone are competing. You can tell by the footage that the band are clearly enjoying themselves. They add a touch more fun to an already hugely funny film.


That’s our list of nine bands who played themselves in movies. Did we miss any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments below.


Check out our list of actors in bands HERE.

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