The first day of the annual D23 Expo 2022 focused on upcoming and newly announced movies and television series from animation studios Pixar and Walt Disney Studios. A few of these releases will premiere on Disney+ in 2022 and beyond. From live-action adaptations to long-awaited sequels and offerings, there's something new for everybody to discover from Disney. So let's look at all the major movie and TV announcements from D23 Expo 2022.
D23 Expo 2022 – All Disney Movies Announced
At the D23 Expo 2022, audiences were provided with final trailers, first looks, and exclusive premieres for upcoming films. Here is a list of all the new titles headed to movie theaters and Disney+ worldwide.
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Hocus Pocus 2
Coming to Disney+ on 30th September 2022, the Sanderson sisters return after 29 years in the upcoming spooky sequel, Hocus Pocus 2. After someone mysterious lit the ominous Black Candle, a group of high school students will have to stop the sisters from exacting revenge before All Hallow's Eve arrives.
It's been 15 years since the release of Enchanted, and its much-anticipated sequel, Disenchanted, sees Princess Giselle and her husband, Robert, growing tired of the city life. Following a big move to a suburban city for that "fairytale life," Giselle encounters new challenges, including the city's resident "Queen."
Using the magic of her home to accidentally transform the sleepy city into a real-world fairytale, Giselle puts herself and her family in grave danger. Now, she must do her best to reverse the spell as she finds the true meaning of what "happily ever after" is.
MUFASA: The Lion King
Director Barry Jenkins will bring to life the tale of one of Disney's most iconic villains, Mufasa, in an original film, MUFASA: The Lion King. Set before the events of The Lion King, the film will focus on the adolescent years of Mufasa, his rise within the clan, and ultimately becoming one of the greatest kings throughout the Pride Lands.
Mufasa isn't the only character from The Lion King appearing as audiences will be treated to appearances by Timon, Pumbaa, and Rafiki. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a while for this prequel film as it's scheduled for a 2024 release.
Snow White And The Little Mermaid
Two live-action adaptations of Disney Princess classics, Snow White and The Little Mermaid, were presented at the D23 Expo stage. Snow White will see Rachel Zegler (West Side Story) as the titular princess with Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot as the princess' Stepmother, while recording artist, Halle Bailey, will go "under the sea" as the red-haired princess Ariel.
The Little Mermaid is slated for a May 2023 release, and Snow White will arrive in theaters in 2024. In addition, both films' new trailers were unveiled, featuring fantastic music, gorgeous costumes, and reimagined worlds.
D23 Expo 2022 – All Major Disney+ Series Announced
In addition to all the major film announcements, a few long and short-form series are coming soon to Disney+. Let's look at all the major TV announcements from Pixar, Walt Disney Animation, and more confirmed at D23 Expo 2022:
Walt Disney Animation will continue to explore the dynamic and hilarious metropolitan of Zootopia in a spin-off series, Zootopia+. Rather than focusing on the main characters, it follows the wacky and colorful residents that call this city their home in short-form episodes premiering on 9th November 2022.
Win Or Lose
First announced at Disney+ Day 2021, Pixar's first long-form episodic series, Win Or Lose, will make its way to Disney+ in 2023. Following the co-ed softball team of a middle school, the series will unfold events in the week leading up to a Championship game, emphasizing the players, coaching staff, and their parents.
Walt Disney Animation partnered with Pan-African entertainment company, Kugali, to bring original stories to the platform, starting with Iwájú. Described as a "love letter to Lagos, Nigeria," Iwájú is bustling with technological advancements, stellar visual effects, and a compelling story that speaks to the heart and spirit of the African country.
Other equally important announcements and reveals were made during the first day of the D23 Expo. As such, we were treated to World Premieres and exclusive previews of the following films and TV projects:
- Peter Pan & Wendy
- Haunted Mansion
- Inside Out 2
- Strange World
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