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ASN 25: Frozen 2, Cars 3, The Star

Written by Karlamon :


The Star
[Sony Pictures]

Hi everyone! After a lengthy absence, I’ve found the time to update you readers with some animation news for this week’s AniSource News (I’ll explain the name change at the end of this article). This week, I’ll look into Disney’s big plans which includes Frozen 2, then I’ll look into the newest trailer for Cars 3, and finally we get our first look at characters from The Star.

Disney’s big plans - Frozen 2, The Lion King remake, and more!

It’s a fact; Disney is dominating 2019. As part of their new schedule, the studio has announced the release dates of three massively-anticipated films for that year!

The first of those three is Star Wars: Episode IX, the final instalment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy which releases on May 24, 2019. The second is a live-action remake of The Lion King, which has been fast-tracked for July 19, 2019, 25 years after the animated masterpiece’s release. If Disney is that insane enough to remake something of such high regard, it’ll have to take a lot to even convince me in the slightest.


And finally, they wrap 2019 up with Frozen 2! Yup, after years of planning and speculation, Walt Disney Animation Studios is finally confident enough to get production rolling on their follow-up to Frozen, which is currently the highest-grossing animated film of all time. I’m sure some will be annoyed that Disney just can’t… well… let it go, but if they have a good premise, maybe this could be a worthy follow-up. Frozen 2 releases on November 27, 2019.

Don’t forget that 2019 also has Captain Marvel, a fourth Avengers movie, a currently untitled DisneyToon project, and Toy Story 4. So it’s safe to say that with their big mix of animated and live-action productions, 2019 is going to be among Disney’s biggest years.

In other news, two upcoming WDAS movies have had a schedule change. Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 has been delayed from March 2018 to the end of that year on November 21, 2018. This date takes over their movie that was previously scheduled there, Gigantic, which that movie has been delayed by two years to November 25, 2020.

Disney’s animation schedule is currently the following:

  • Cars 3 (Pixar) - June 16, 2017
  • Coco (Pixar) - November 22, 2017
  • The Incredibles 2 (Pixar) - July 15, 2018
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (Disney) - November 21, 2018
  • Untitled DisneyToon Studios - April 12, 2019
  • Toy Story 4 (Pixar) - June 21, 2019
  • Frozen 2 (Disney) - November 27, 2019
  • Untitled Pixar animation - March 13, 2020
  • Untitled Pixar animation - June 19, 2020
  • Gigantic (Disney) - November 25, 2020
  • Untitled Pixar animation - June 18, 2021
  • Untitled Disney animation - November 24, 2021

You can view Disney’s full schedule (which includes their live-action films) here.

Cars 3 - Official Trailer

Cars 3 is just one month around the corner, and Pixar has given us more hype with yet another trailer. This one highlights Lightning McQueen’s struggle in maintaining his strong reputation ahead of the new racers, and his determination to keep ahead.

With these strong trailers, near-photorealistic visuals, and Mater barely in this, it’s a good sign that this could be the best movie in the Cars series. Whether it ends up on par with Pixar’s other classic is something we have to wait and see on, but it’s giving me confidence that we’ll finally get something amazing from the franchise.

Cars 3 will release in North American cinemas on June 16, with theatrical screenings preceding with Pixar’s newest animated short, Lou.

Meet the stars of The Star

After Smurfs: The Lost Village and The Emoji Movie, Sony Pictures Animation concludes their big 2017 output with The Star. As a faith-based tale of the first Christmas in the perspective of the animals, this is a movie that I’ve been very intrigued about.

Sony has now given us the first look at five characters. These includes Bo the donkey (voiced by Steven Yeun of Voltron: Legendary Defender), Ruth the sheep (Aidy Bryant of Saturday Night Live), Dave the dove (Keegan-Michael Key of Storks), Joseph (Zachary Levi of Tangled), and Mary (Gina Rodriguez of Ferdinand).

Bo the donkey - The StarRuth the sheep - The StarDave the Dove - The StarJoseph - The StarMary - The Star[Sony Pictures]

I have to say the designs are very pleasing. You can defiantly see the animals having that adorable Jim Henson style to them with some nice details added on. As for the humans, their designs seem reminiscent to The Prince of Egypt, and they look great! There hasn’t been a major animated religious film since that one back in 1998, so maybe The Star could be it’s spiritual successor (no pun intended)!

Directed by Oscar-nominated animator Timothy Reckart, The Star is being animated by Cinesite Studios, and will be released on November 10 by Columbia Pictures.


Well that concludes the news this week. My workload has made it too difficult to maintain a weekly schedule, so news articles will only arrive when I have good material to report on. Hence Weekly News will now be renamed AniSource News (ASN)!

Which movie from Disney’s big line-up are you most-excited for? Are you curious to check out The Star? Give me your thoughts in the comments below, and see you later!


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May 22, 2017
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The Star looks pretty good so far! A promising Christmas classic perhaps? :icon301:

May 06, 2017
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Grande Méchante Admin ~
Nice news Karl, I especially like the design of Bo, the Donkey =D

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