Here’s the Line-Up! The 2019 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Slate!

2018 was a great year for the movies and ended the year with everyone’s favorite and an outstanding holiday film – Mary Poppins Returns. I admit I have seen it three times already and to be honest, I’m ready to see it again!

If you think 2018 was a great year for the movies, wait until you see the line-up for 2019! I’m having a hard time deciding which 2019 movie I’m most excited about. If I had to rank which one I’m most looking forward to, I would have to say Dumbo (due out in March).

Below you will find information on the upcoming 2019 release schedule from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It’s going to be an amazing year at the movies!

March 9, 2019 – CAPTAIN MARVEL (Marvel Studios) – #CaptainMarvel

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom. 

The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.

Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patricia Whitcher and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The story is by Nicole Perlman and Joe Shrapnel & Anna Waterhouse, and the screenplay is by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck and Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Jac Schaeffer.

Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL opens in March, 2019 in U.S. theaters.

 

March 29, 2019 – DUMBO (Walt Disney Studios) – #Dumbo

From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose over-sized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.

Directed by Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger (“Ophelia,” “Dream House”), and produced by Justin Springer (“TRON: Legacy”), Kruger, Katterli Frauenfelder (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Big Eyes”) and Derek Frey (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Frankenweenie”).

DUMBO flies into theaters on March 29, 2019.

 

April 17, 2019 – PENGUINS (Disneynature) – #DisneynaturePenguins

Disneynature’s all-new feature film “Penguins” is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind “Bears” and “Chimpanzee,” Disneynature’s “Penguins” opens in theaters nationwide in time for Earth Day 2019.

Disneynature’s PENGUINS opens in theaters on April 17, 2019.

 

April 26, 2019 – AVENGERS: ENDGAME (Marvel Studios) – #AvengersEndgame

AVENGERS: ENDGAME releases in U.S. theaters on April 26, 2019.

 

May 24, 2019 – ALADDIN (Walt Disney Studios) – #Aladdin

A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie (“Sherlock Holmes,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”), who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August (“Dark Shadows,” “Big Fish”) and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.” The film stars Will Smith (“Ali,” “Men in Black”) as the larger-than-life Genie; Mena Massoud (“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”) as the charming scoundrel Aladdin; Naomi Scott (“Power Rangers”) as Jasmine, the beautiful self-determined princess; Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express”) as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban (“Legion”) as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad (“Saturday Night Live”) as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen (“Into the Woods”) as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar (“The Great Wall”) as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards.

“Aladdin” is produced by Dan Lin (“Sherlock Holmes”) and Jonathan Eirich (“Death Nate”) with Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Marc Platt (“La La Land”) and Kevin De La Noy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) serving as executive producers. Eight-time Academy Award winning composer Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid”) provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Oscar-winning lyricists Howard Ashman (“Little Shop of Horrors”) and Tim Rice (“The Lion King”) and includes two new songs written by Menken and Oscar and Tony Award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land,” “Dear Evan Hanson”). The film, which was shot on practical stages in London and on location amidst the stunning desert vistas of Jordan, has a talented creative team helping to bring Agrabah to life, including: director of photography Alan Stewart (“The Commuter”), production designer Gemma Jackson (“Game of Thrones”) and costume designer Michael Wilkinson (“American Hustle”).

ALADDIN opens in U.S. theaters nationwide May 24, 2019.

 

June 21, 2019 – TOY STORY 4 (Disney·Pixar) – #ToyStory4

Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy. Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”).

Disney·Pixar’s TOY STORY 4 ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.

 

July 19, 2019 – THE LION KING (Walt Disney Studios) – #TheLionKing

Director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journey’s to the African savannah where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother–and former heir to the throne-has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon, “The Lion King” utilizes pioneer film-making techniques to bring these treasured characters to life in a whole new way.

THE LION KING roars into theaters on July 19, 2019.

 

August 9, 2019 – ARTEMIS FOWL (Walt Disney Studios) – #ArtemisFowl

Disney’s “Artemis Fowl,” based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, is a fantastical, spellbinding adventure that follows the journey of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he seeks to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared. With the help of his loyal protector Butler, Artemis sets out to find him, and in doing so uncovers an ancient, underground civilization—the amazingly advanced world of fairies. Deducing that his father’s disappearance is somehow connected to the secretive, reclusive fairy world, cunning Artemis concocts a dangerous plan—so dangerous that he ultimately finds himself in a perilous war of wits with the all-powerful fairies.

“Artemis Fowl” is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Tamara Smart, Nonzo Anozie, with Josh Gad, and Judi Dench. Judy Hofflund and Branagh are producing with Angus More Gordon and Matthew Jenkins serving as executive producers. Conor McPherson wrote the screenplay.

Disney’s ARTEMIS FOWL opens in U.S. theaters on August 9, 2019.

 

November 22, 2019 – FROZEN 2 (Walt Disney Animation Studios) – Hashtag Coming Soon

Arendelle heats up in 2019 when Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf return to the big screen in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2,” the much-anticipated follow-up to 2013’s Oscar®-winning “Frozen”—the highest grossing animated film of all time. Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad reprise their roles, while Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the team behind “Frozen,” return to the directors’ chairs.

FROZEN 2 opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019. 

TRAILER: Coming Soon

December 20, 2019 – STAR WARS: EPISODE IX (Lucasfilm) – Hashtag Coming Soon

STAR WARS: EPISODE IX opens in U.S. theaters on December 20, 2019.

TRAILER: Coming Soon

Get the popcorn ready for a great year of movies!




Mary Poppins Returns Activity Packet – It’s Practically Perfect!

It’s a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Practically Perfect in Every Way kind of day!

Today’s the day! Mary Poppins Returns and hopefully you all will be able to take a break from your holiday preparation and head to the theater to see Mary Poppins Returns – I know I’ll be there!

This new activity packet is full of coloring pages and great projects that will help bring Mary Poppins Returns fun into your house during the holidays (just download and print)

If you can’t get there today, and have to wait until the weekend – here are my favorite clips from the movie to help you wait.

“Can You Imagine That?”

 

“Royal Doulton Bowl”

 

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MARY POPPINS RETURNS

is now playing in theaters everywhere!




It’s Time to Believe in Artemis Fowl

A genius. A criminal mastermind. A millionaire. And he is only twelve years old. What can a Disney film do with that?

I’ll admit I’m intrigued.

I’ll also admit I have never read the series of books so had to do a bit of research when Disney dropped this trailer. I’ll definitely be reading them now!

Who is Artemis Fowl?

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius-and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories; these fairies are armed and dangerous.

About the Movie

Directed by Kenneth Branagh and based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, ARTEMIS FOWL follows 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance.

The film stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Tamara Smart, Nonzo Anozie, with Josh Gad, and Judi Dench. Judy Hofflund and Kenneth Branagh are producing with Angus More Gordon and Matthew Jenkins serving as executive  producers. The screenplay is by Conor McPherson.

The trailer gives us one or two brief glimpses of Armetis, focusing instead on the underground world.

About the Story

Artemis Fowl is part of a series of eight books by Irish author Eoin Colfer. The movie is based on the first book of the series.

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. With two trusty sidekicks in tow, he hatches a cunning plot to divest the fairy-folk of their pot of gold. Of course, he isn’t foolish enough to believe in all that “gold at the end of the rainbow” nonsense. Rather, he knows that the only way to separate the little people from their stash is to kidnap one of them and wait for the ransom to arrive.

When the time comes to put his plan into action, he doesn’t count on the appearance of the extra small, pointy-eared Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaisance) Unit–and her senior officer, Commander Root, a man who will stop at nothing to get her back.

Artemis matches wits with this hidden race of fairies since they may or may not be connected to his father’s disappearance.

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Disney’s ARTEMIS FOWL releases in theaters everywhere on August 9, 2019!




It Really Is Wonderful to See Her! Newest Mary Poppins Returns Clip

Each time I see a clip or another new image from Mary Poppins Returns, I get just a little nostalgic. The original Mary Poppins was one of my very favorites growing up. In 1964 I was 10 years old and I was totally smitten with Mary.

My parents had recently divorced, my mother had gone to work. Each day after school I was sent into the convent for the nuns to watch me do homework while I waited for my mother to come from work.

While I sat at the kitchen table in the convent, I secretly wished Mary Poppins was my nanny. I truly wanted to dance with penguins and have a spoonful of sugar with each dose of medicine I took. I wanted to go fly a kite.

I think I must have watched the original movie 50 times! It was such a wonderful place to visit. Mary was the perfect nanny. 

I am anxiously waiting for Mary to return – It really is wonderful to see her again!

ADVANCE TICKETS FOR DISNEY’S “MARY POPPINS RETURNS” ON SALE TODAY

DIGITAL PRE-ORDER FOR THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE TODAY

ORIGINAL SCORE BY COMPOSER MARC SHAIMAN WITH NINE NEW SONGS BY SHAIMAN AND CO-LYRICIST SCOTT WITTMAN TO BE RELEASED DECEMBER 7

FULL TRACK LIST WHICH INCLUDES PERFORMANCES BY LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA,

EMILY BLUNT, MERYL STREEP, DICK VAN DYKE AND ANGELA LANSBURY

NOW AVAILABLE

Advance tickets for Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” are now available for purchase.

Fans looking to be among the first to experience the film can attend opening night fan events on December 18 held exclusively at Dolby Cinema at AMC Theatres across the country*.

On December 7, the digital album and physical CD of film’s Original Motion Picture Soundtrack are set for release. The soundtrack digital pre-order includes two instant grat tracks, “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” and “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” which are available at all digital retail providers.

Be sure to check out the full track list below.

Be sure to see “Mary Poppins Returns” when it hits theaters nationwide December 19!

The track list for “Mary Poppins Returns,” which Walt Disney Records will release on December 7, features nine all-new original songs by Tony Award® and GRAMMY® winning composer and song/co-lyricist Marc Shaiman (“Hairspray,” “South Park”) and Tony winner and three-time Emmy® nominee co-lyricist Scott Wittman (“Hairspray,” “Smash”) includes:

  1. “(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky” – Performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  2. “Overture” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  3. “A Conversation” – Performed by Ben Whishaw
  4. “Can You Imagine That?” – Performed by Emily Blunt with Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson and Nathanael Saleh
  5. “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” – Performed by Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson and Nathanael Saleh
  6. “Introducing Mary Poppins” – Performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt
  7. “A Cover Is Not the Book” – Performed by Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Company
  8. “The Place Where Lost Things Go” – Performed by Emily Blunt
  9. “Turning Turtle” – Performed by Meryl Streep with Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson and Nathanael Saleh
  10. “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” – Performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda with Emily Blunt, Tarik Frimpong, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathanael Saleh and Leeries
  11. “The Place Where Lost Things Go (Reprise)” – Performed by Joel Dawson, Nathanael Saleh and Pixie Davies
  12. “Trip a Little Light Fantastic (Reprise)” – Performed by Dick Van Dyke with Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson and Nathanael Saleh
  13. “Nowhere to Go But Up” – Performed by Angela Lansbury, Ben Whishaw, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathanael Saleh, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters and Company
  14. “(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky (Reprise)” – Performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  15. “Theme fromMary Poppins Returns” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  16. “Kite Takes Off” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  17. “Mary Poppins Arrives” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  18. “Magic Papers” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  19. “Banks in the Bank” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  20. “Into the Royal Doulton Bowl” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  21. “Rescuing Georgie” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  22. “Off to Topsy’s” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  23. “Chase Through the Bank” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  24. “Lost in a Fog” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  25. “Goodbye Old Friend” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  26. “Race to Big Ben” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  27. “End Title Suite” – Performed by Marc Shaiman

Sound Track Pre-Order Links

Streaming: http://disneymusic.co/MaryPoppinsR

Download: http://disneymusic.co/MaryPoppinsRDL

Physical: http://disneymusic.co/MaryPoppinsRP

About the Movie

In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. 

Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

“Mary Poppins Returns” is directed by Rob Marshall. The screenplay is by David Magee and the screen story is by Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a. and Marc Platt, p.g.a. with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer.

The music score is by Marc Shaimanand the film features all new original songs with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman. The film also stars Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and introducing Joel Dawson as the Banks’ children, with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. 

Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes, Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.

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*In addition to watching the film one day early, fans attending the Dolby Cinema at AMC Fan Events will receive a collectible pin representing a donation made on their behalf to the Variety Children’s Charity and a code to download the “Mary Poppins Returns” soundtrack.

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Live Action Lion King Trailer is Definitely a Huge Hit!

Picture it (in my best Sophia from the Golden Girls voice)  . . Millions of Thanksgiving family celebrations . . . Millions of kids who loved the original Lion King are now adults with their own kids – home with Mom and Dad . . . they hear the familiarity of James Earl Jones’ steady narration as he reprises his role as Mufasa . . . Millions of kid like adults singing songs from the Lion King – It gave me all the happy feels.

This trailer is definitely a comforting blanket of warm and fuzzy feelings when you watch the the legendary opening scene we all have come to love – when Rafiki the baboon presents the future king cub to his people. 

It gave me chills!

The release of this trailer by Disney tells us that the live action Lion King will keep true to the original. The plot will most likely remain unchanged. A baby lion cub named Simba is born to King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi, who rule over the Pride Lands of Africa from Pride Rock. Simba is being trained to take over his father’s kingship when Mufasa passes. His jealous uncle, Scar, covets the kingdom for himself. Scar convinces young Simba he is to blame for his father’s death and urges him to flee. Simba does so, and Scar becomes king, with three obnoxious hyenas as his henchmen.

 

The Lion King will hit theaters July 19, 2019 – 25 years after the original animated feature’s release.

Directed by Jon Favreau, The Lion King will be fabulous! Look what he did with The Jungle Book!

The cast includes Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar and Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, while JD McCrary voices Young Simba. Let’s not forget (how could we?) James Earl Jones.

Elton John will also return to remaster music from the original film along with collaborator Tim Rice. Four of the original songs from the original: ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’, ‘Hakuna Matata’, ‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King’ and ‘Circle of Life’ should definitely make it into this live action movie.

So many new releases will all be coming around the same time – Dumbo, Aladdin, Toy Story 4 and The Lion King will all be released in summer 2019.

Don’t forget Mary Poppins Returns coming next month!