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The most anticipated new Disney movies of 2019 and beyond

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By now, you might have lost track of all the new Disney movies coming your way in the next few years. It's understandable. Not only does Pixar have not one but two new movies off the back of Toy Story 4, there's also a long list of live-action remakes, original animations, and other movies filled with the trademark Disney class and charm to get worked up about.

Below, you'll find everything you need to know about not only 2019's biggest new Disney movies, but all of the projects in development after that, including Cruella, Raya and the Last Dragon, and more.

We've even got updates from D23, Disney's fan expo, to tide you over until the next inevitable teaser or trailer drops to help break the internet. There's lots to talk about, too: an extended look at Soul, as well as our very first image from Cruella, with Emma Stone as the titular puppy-skinning villain.

Of course, the Disney umbrella is all-encompassing now. If you can't find what you're looking for here, we have different articles for new Star Wars movies and a comprehensive look at the all of the Marvel Phase 4 movies to cover you on the superhero side of things. 

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New Disney movies (2019)

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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Release date: October 18, 2019

It won't come as much of a surprise that the brilliant Maleficent is getting a follow-up. Although star Angelina Jolie hinted at the possibility of a sequel to the 2014 blockbuster just a week after the original film debuted, it wasn't until 2016 that Maleficent 2 was officially confirmed. 

Jolie will reprise her role as the eponymous Maleficent, and Elle Fanning will return as Princess Aurora. Michelle Pfeiffer is on board as Queen Ingris, although little is known about her character at this time. Interestingly, Chiwetel Ejiofor is also on the cast list, potentially playing a love interest for Maleficent, so let's hope she's a little luckier in love this time around. 

According to the official plot synopsis, the film will continue to explore Maleficent and Aurora's complex relationship as they "form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within". We've recently had the first teaser poster for the sequel which reveals the official title as Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

Lady and the Tramp

Release date: November 12, 2019

Say hello to the very first original Disney movie coming to the Disney+ streaming service. Starring Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux as the voices of the titular pair of canines, this live-action remake has a wholesome story lying at its core. And we're not just talking about the plot.

Every dog that stars in this movie is a rescue dog. Even better: after filming wrapped, each doggo was adopted by a member of either the cast or crew. D'aww. We also recently got our first image from November's release, as well as the world-first trailer from D23, which you can see above.

Frozen 2

Release date: November 27, 2019

'Let It Go' probably still hasn't left your head, but it's time for the sequel to start burrowing some more earworms down into your very soul. Frozen 2 even has a trailer, too, which details Elsa's plight. Anna, Olaf, Sven, and Kristoff will all attempt to help the Disney Princess as she struggles to come to terms with her power. Expect toe-tapping tunes, gorgeous animation and, if the trailer below is anything to go by, a story that will rival the very best Disney has to offer.

Plus, D23 showcased some of the new faces we can expect to see in the Frozen sequel. 

Evan Rachel Wood will voice Anna and Elsa's mother and she'll be appearing in a flashback scene, which was shown off at D23 but isn't yet available online. Elsewhere in the exclusive look, Kristoff attempts a proposal to Anna, which doesn't quite go to plan.

New Disney movies (2020)

Onward

Release date: March 6, 2020

Pixar isn’t stopping with Toy Story 4. Their next animated adventure is Onward, a movie about a storybook world that’s rapidly losing its magic. Surreal sights such as unicorns and mermaids are being weighed down by the mundane nature of everyday life. Tom Holland and Chris Pratt star as a pair of elven brothers who are on the hunt for that lost fairytale feeling. The trailer shows Pixar hasn’t lost the magic touch when it comes to making vibrant worlds teeming with life and laugh-a-minute visual gags.

An extended look was shown at D23 and, in what might become a running theme, it isn't currently available to the public. In it, Holland and Pratt's characters (Ian and Barley) are given a staff as a present from their now-dead father for their 16th birthday. Ian, though, accidentally shrinks Barley in one of two clips.

Mulan

Release date: March 21, 2020

The all-singing, all-dancing aspect of Mulan is gone, and red dragon Mushu is MIA, but Mulan's trailer captures all the spirit of the original. Yifei Liu stars as Mulan, while the likes of Donnie Yen and Jet Li will also play a part in the Mulan live-action remake.

Yes. It's a remake, but not as you know it. Your memories of the 1998 animated movie will thankfully be left intact as Disney's 2020 take is going to take more than a few cues from the original source material, the Ballad of Mulan. Judging by the trailer, that means a more authentic look, plus vibrant colours that shimmer on the screen. In animation, everything is colourful as a rule; here, the rich reds and gorgeous greens pop in a way rarely seen in live-action cinema. This could be the sleeper hit of 2020, which is hilarious to think when it's pretty much nailed-on to make a billion dollars.

Soul

(Image credit: Disney/Pixar)

Release date: June 19, 2020

With under a year until Soul releases, it was about time for one of Pixar's new movies to make its bow. So it proved at D23; Soul's premise was revealed, as was a cast. 

Soul will feature a struggling teacher, voiced by Jamie Foxx, who has grand aspirations to play at New York's hottest jazz club. In a bizarre twist, however, his soul departs from his body (is he dead? It isn't clear) and must attend a You Seminar to help train the soul.

Along the way, Foxx's character meets 22, voiced by Tina Fey.

It all sounds delightfully dark and, if Pixar's involvement is any indication, it's sure to have a lot of heart and, yes, soul. One to watch for sure.

Raya and the Last Dragon

Release date: November 25, 2020

The last of 2020's new Disney movies, Raya and the Last Dragon was first announced at D23 2019.

Purporting to be an epic tale set in the fictional land of Lumandra, Raya and the Last Dragon will follow the titular Raya (voiced by Cassie Steele) as she sets out in search of the last dragon. No trailers or images yet, but we also know that Awkafina will be voicing the Last Dragon. There's also a just-released concept art for you to feast your eyes on.

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