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While I might not have shared a ton about it in the past, I have to confess my complete love of Disney. Yes, there is the occasional movie they release which I do not like as much as others. But, all in all, I tend to really enjoy their films. My boys are the same way, especially when it comes to the Marvel line up. So, given our love of their films, I thought I’d share the 2015 Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures line up for you to also be marking the calendar for those ‘must see’ films. (And, I can practically guarantee that Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man will be under the Christmas tree next year as the boys LOVE Marvel.)
January 23, 2015 – Strange Magic (Touchstone Pictures / Lucasfilm) #StrangeMagic
“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.
February 20, 2015 – McFarland, USA (Walt Disney Studios) #McFarlandUSA
Based on the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically
challenged town in California, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school, with whom they ultimately bond to build not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
March 13, 2015 – Cinderella (Walt Disney Studios) #Cinderella
A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from
Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a
whole new generation.
April 17, 2015 – Monkey Kingdom (Disneynature) #MonkeyKingdom
Set in the storied jungles of South Asia, “Monkey Kingdom” showcases the adventures of new mom Maya, a clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey who’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world.
May 1, 2015 – Avengers: Age of Ultron (Marvel) #Avengers #AgeOfUltron
When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s
Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow 12-10-14
and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the
hands of the villainous Ultron.
May 22, 2015 – Tomorrowland (Walt Disney Studios) #Tomorrowland
In Disney’s riveting mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen embark
on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space.
June 19, 2015 – Inside Out (Disney / Pixar) #InsideOut
From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
July 17, 2015 – Ant–Man (Marvel) #AntMan
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the
big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” when master thief Scott Lang must embrace
his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit
from a new generation of towering threats.
October 9, 2015 – The Jungle Book (Walt Disney Studios) #TheJungleBook
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Chef,” “Iron Man,” “Elf”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, THE JUNGLE BOOK is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johannsson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire. THE JUNGLE BOOK seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world.
October 16, 2015 – The Untitled Steven Spielberg Cold War Spy Thriller (DreamWorks Pictures)
Tom Hanks stars in Steven Spielberg’s untitled Cold War spy thriller, which is the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.
November 25, 2015 – The Good Dinosaur (Disney / Pixar) #TheGoodDinosaur
“The Good Dinosaur” asks the generations-old question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In theaters November 25, 2015, the film is a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event unsettles Arlo’s family, he sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way – a human boy. “The Good Dinosaur” is an extraordinary journey of self-discovery full of thrilling adventure, hilarious characters and poignant heart.
December 18, 2015 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Lucasfilm) #StarWars #TheForceAwakens
Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as “Star Wars” returns to the big screen with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” (Check out our family’s brief thoughts on the original Star Wars films.)
Which of the 2015 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures are YOU looking forward to seeing?
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