After ‘Moana’: What’s Next for Disney Animation?

Wreck-It Ralph 2, Wreck-It Ralph sequel, John C. Reilly

John C. Reilly and John Lasseter at CinemaCon 2012, where they previewed Wreck-It Ralph. (Getty)

Now that you’ve seen Moana, what’s next for Disney Animation Studios? The answer is two more movies, both coming in 2018. Both Wreck-It Ralph 2 and Gigantic will be hitting theaters that year. The studio has also promised a Frozen 2, but there’s no release date for that just yet.

Here’s a look at the three projects coming from the Disney Animation team.


Wreck-It Ralph 2 – March 9, 2018

Wreck-It Ralph TrailerWreck-It Ralph is now available to own Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and HD Digital. Order now: http://di.sn/b7p Like Wreck-It Ralph on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WreckItRalph Follow Wreck-It Ralph on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/WreckItRalph Official Site: http://disney.go.com/Wreck-It-Ralph/ Wreck-It Ralph (voice of Reilly) longs to be as beloved as his game's perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix (voice of McBrayer). Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes… so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Lynch), Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness. He sneaks into the game with a simple plan—win a medal—but soon wrecks everything, and accidently unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph's only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Silverman), a young troublemaking "glitch" from a candy-coated cart racing game who might just be the one to teach Ralph what it means to be a Good Guy. But will he realize he is good enough to become a hero before it's "Game Over" for the entire arcade?2012-09-13T16:00:13.000Z

2018 will look very much like 2016 for Disney. This year, we had Zootopia in March and Moana in November. Disney will repeat that pattern in 2018 with the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph coming before Gigantic. It’s almost like Disney feels a duty (ha! I wrote “duty”) to make a sequel to Ralph. It will be the first sequel produced by the main Disney Animation unit since Winnie The Pooh (2011).

Wreck-It Ralph 2 was officially announced in June 2016 and will include John C. Reilly in the title role again. Sarah Silverman will likely be back as well, since Vanellope will play a role.

In the new movie, Ralph will jump outside of the video game world and onto the Internet. Hopefully, he doesn’t get stopped by trolls. Rob Moore (Zootopia) will return to direct with co-writer Phil Johnson.


Gigantic – November 21, 2018

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Gigantic will be the November release in 2018 and will be directed by Inside Out co-writer Meg LeFauve and Tangled co-director Nathan Greno.

The plot is based on the Jack and the Beanstalk story, which was previously adapted by Disney in a segment of Fun and Fancy Free (1947) with Mickey. Gigantic moves the story to Spain during the Age of Exploration. Jack finds a world of giants high up in the clouds and meets a giantess named Imma.

Music for the film will be written by Frozen‘s Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The cast has not been announced yet.


Frozen 2

Disney's Frozen Official TrailerOn Digital HD Now and Blu-ray 3/18 disney.com/ownfrozen Like Frozen on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyFrozen Follow Frozen on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DisneyAnimation Official Site: http://disney.com/Frozen Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind "Tangled" and "Wreck-It Ralph," presents "Frozen," a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. The film is directed by Chris Buck ("Tarzan," "Surf's Up") and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, "Wreck-It Ralph"), and produced by Peter Del Vecho ("Winnie the Pooh," "The Princess and the Frog"). Featuring music from Tony® winner Robert Lopez ("The Book of Mormon," "Avenue Q") and Kristen Anderson-Lopez ("In Transit"). "Frozen" comes to theaters in 3D this Thanksgiving. For more information, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyFrozen and follow us on Twitter: Twitter.com/DisneyAnimation.2013-09-26T18:32:25.000Z

For a studio that used to leave the sequels to other units, the Disney Animation team has been more open to sequels as of late. You knew a Frozen 2 was coming the second that film crossed the $1 billion mark and it was formally announced in March 2015. Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are working with producer Peter Del Vecho on the project.

In March 2016, Kristen Bell, who voiced Anna, confirmed to Collider that she was heading back to the studio to record her lines. Bell said of the film:

They’ve just written it and they’re still doing tweaks, but I think we should be recording this month. The story is great, and they exude quality. What I know about that whole team is that they wouldn’t just put something out to put it out. That’s why it took them so long to even announce that we were doing a second one. Generally when you have a first successful movie you want to make a second one. It took them a while because they wanted to figure out what story they needed to tell and what would be important and engaging and I think they found it.

There’s still no release date for Frozen 2.

For those wondering, before Wreck-It Ralph 2, the Disney Animation unit only produced three sequels – The Rescuers Down Under (1990), Fantasia 2000 (1999) and Winnie The Pooh (2011). The direct-to-video sequels of the 2000s were produced by DisneyToon Studios.


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