Disney’s “Bears” and “Lions” films about the creatures from the movies and the TV show, which are set in the wilds of Australia, have all been greenlit for release next year, the studio announced.
The film series will be a direct sequel to “The Jungle Book” film, which was released in 2019, and “Bambi”, which debuted in 2018.
Annabelle is based on the popular animated short “Annabellee” (aka “A Little Annabel,” or “Aussie Annabel”), which was first broadcast in the U.S. in 2017.
It tells the story of a young orphan who, in the wake of her father’s death, embarks on a quest to find her missing mother and brother.
The film stars Emily Blunt, Emily Watson, John C. Reilly, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emily Blunden, Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley, Jason Momoa, Dwayne Johnson, and others.
The Blue film series tells the origin story of the animals from the popular television series “The Blue Lagoon,” which aired from 1991 to 1999.
It follows a group of Australian birds that travel to the Southern Ocean to explore the mysterious “Blue Lagoon” and reunite with their families in a magical setting.
The Belle film, set to be released in 2021, tells the stories of a “silly little girl” who lives on a farm and gets her powers from the “Blue Pearl” doll.
The story follows Belle as she explores the world with her friend and friend’s mother, a doll named Belle, who comes from a family of mermaids.
“The Belle series is a tribute to the incredible, magical beauty of the Australian wildlife,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement.
“In a film like this, the magical magic and imagination of the series is at the heart of what makes it special.
We’re incredibly grateful to Disney and their incredible team of artists, producers and creators for their extraordinary commitment to our shared vision of the world.””
Bambu” is the second animated feature to be greenlit by Disney for next year’s release of the “Star Wars” movies, the first being “Star Trek Beyond” (in 2019), which will star Benedict Cumberbatch, Harrison Ford, Zoe Saldana, Anthony Mackie, John Boyega, Anthony Daniels, Domhnall Gleeson, and Jiang Wen.
The Walt Disney Studios will release the film series in theaters on Dec. 16, 2021.
Disney is the first studio to greenlight a feature film based on a Disney property.
The “Birds of Prey” film series is set to debut in 2019.
The first film, “Birdman: The Legend of Tarzan,” was released to critical acclaim and grossed $2.5 billion worldwide in 2018, including $1.2 billion in North America.