This year is going to be a busy one for family friendly films. Already in 2019 Disney and Marvel have several films in the release schedule. This year they will have quite a lot more live action films than animated. And I hear there will be a few more confirmed this year, if so I will certainly keep you posted.
Captain Marvel | March 8 | #CaptainMarvel
The first Marvel movie of the year and the first Marvel movie starring a woman is Captain Marvel. It is the 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie takes place in the 1990s and is intended to introduce the Captain Marvel character while explaining why she will be so important in the next Marvel film. If you’ve not watched any Marvel movie to this point, this isn’t where you should start.
Dumbo | March 29 | #Dumbo
A live action retelling of the classic Disney film. If you thought the original Dumbo was a bit dark then you may want to skip this one. It’s being directed by Tim Burton, who also directed the 2010 Alice in Wonderland remake. He leans towards darker themes visually and in the script. This may not be a movie that is suitable for young children. I would recommend waiting until critics have seen the film before you decide to bring your younger kids to this movie.
Penguins | April 17 | #DisneyNaturePenguins
Just in time for Earth Day 2019, Disneynature’s “Penguins” will share the story about an Adelie penguin named Steve and his quest to live his happily ever after. Penguins is brought to you by the filmmaker behind “Bears” and “Chimpanzee” and is sure to be super sweet.
Avengers: Endgame | April 26 | #AvengersEndgame
Avengers: Endgame is the second part to the massive cliffhanger that was Avengers: Infinity War. Again, this isn’t the movie for you to start your Marvel Cinematic Universe experience with. Before you go see Avengers: Endgame watch Avengers: Infinity War. Your local theater may have a double-bill showing or you can just rent it on Youtube.
Aladdin | May 24 | #Aladdin
Will Smith stars as the genie in the live action remake of the Disney classic Aladdin. Casting for this film is ethnically appropriate for the Middle Eastern fictional land of Agrabah. While previous Disney live action remakes have remained mostly true to the source material Aladdin adds in a completely new character, Prince Anders, a suitor from Skanland, their equivalent of Scandinavia. There’s no word yet on how big of a role this character will play but there was public outcry when a white character was added to the movie. It will be interesting to see how they work him in.
Toy Story 4 | June 21 | #ToyStory4
The story of our favorite toys continues as Woody and friends go on a road trip with the newest toy to the group, Forky. Toy Story 4 almost didn’t happen. The creators felt that Toy Story 3 had been the perfect end for Woody and Buzz but a new idea came out that they just couldn’t say no to. This movie will be fun for the whole family and it’s highly recommended you watch the previous 3 before you go to see number 4.
The Lion King | July 19 | #TheLionKing
Another live action remake of a classic Disney movie. Though, the live action part of that is up for debate. They don’t have lion actors playing the roles. It’s all CG, but very realistic looking CG. Once again Disney has gone for a mostly ethnically appropriate cast. Donald Glover will play Simba, James Earl Jones is back as Mufasa, and Beyonce will play Nala. Very little is known about the movie so far, but it seems like they’re planning to stay faithful to the original.
Artemis Fowl | August 9 | #ArtemisFowl
Artemis Fowl is a series of 8 science fiction fantasy books and the film will be based on the first two books. This is one of the very rare times where a child plays an antihero in a Disney movie. The story revolves around Artemis Fowl who plans to rob fairies to help get his father back. This doesn’t seem like a movie for younger kids, but it is perfect for pre-teens and up.
Frozen 2 | November 22
Let It Go…Let It Go…Disney is never going to let that Frozen money go. The sequel the hit animated movie Frozen is finally here. In this movie Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf are travelling deep into the forest to find out the truth about an ancient mystery.
Star Wars : Episode IX | December 20
Finally, while once again this isn’t strictly a Disney or Marvel movie the Star Wars brand is owned by Disney so we’re counting it. The final episode of the new Star Wars trilogy is set to take place a few years after The Last Jedi. Before you go see this movie be sure to watch at the very least The Force Awakens and Last Jedi. Though if you want to watch all the Star Wars movies, I’m not going to stop you.
This will be an amazing year for Disney and Marvel and I can hardly wait! I would love to hear of the movies listed, which are on your “must see” list.