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Disney’s 2015 movies and beyond

A sequel to the 2013 animated comedy “Planes,” the film follows famous air racer Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cook). When Dusty discovers that his engine is damaged and that he may never race again, he’s forced to overcome his fears and learn what it really means to be a hero.  ()
In Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” antihero Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) becomes Star-Lord. He teams up with a pack of aliens, known as the Guardians of the Galaxy, to fight cosmic threats in space. Zoe Saldana, Glenn Close and Vin Diesel also star in the film.  ()
Eleven-year-old Alexander, played by Ed Oxenbould, happens to start his day with gum stuck in his hair. Things only get worse as the day progresses. He begins to think bad luck follows only him. Pretty soon his entire family ends up having a terrible day too.  ()
Marvel’s “Big Hero 6" takes place in the metropolis San Fransokyo, a blend of San Francisco and Tokyo. Young robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada uncovers a criminal plot aimed at ruining San Fransokyo. With self-created robot Baymax by his side, Hiro fends off the criminals. ()
“Tomorrowland” is a science-fiction saga centered around a 1952 mystery box found inside the basement at the Walt Disney Studio animation building. George Clooney, left, and Hugh Laurie star in the film. ()
“Into the Woods” is an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s acclaimed Broadway musical. The tale follows a witch, played by Meryl Streep, pictured, as she enlightens Disney characters such as Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood with life lessons.  ()
Kenneth Branagh, who has starred in and directed several Shakespeare film adaptations, including 1989’s “Henry V” and 1996’s “Hamlet,” will direct a new live-action version of Disney’s “Cinderella.” Lily James will play Cinderella with Richard Madden as her prince.  ()
“Monkey Kingdom” tells the story of survival centered on a newborn monkey and its mother. Since the duo were not born into the top of the social hierarchy of monkeys deep in the jungles of South Asia, they are forced to fend for themselves.  ()
Marvel’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” follows the Avengers as they fight U.S. government force Ultron and its attempts to turn against humanity. The Avengers include Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth), among others. ()
Pixar’s quirky “Inside Out” follows an 11-year-old girl named Riley who moves from Minnesota to San Francisco on the brink of her adolescent years. Her emotions become characters -- Anger, Disgust, Fear, Joy and Sadness. And her mind becomes the setting for them.  ()
The adventures of Jack Sparrow continue in a fifth installment, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The fourth film, “On Stranger Tides” became the 13th highest-grossing film worldwide. ()
‘The Good Dinosaur’ | Pixar | Nov. 25, 2015
Pixar’s animated comedy film imagines the moment when dinosaurs met human beings. While dinosaurs are known to have gone extinct, the tale illustrates how the creatures evolved into farmers instead, using their figures to dig trenches and slice tree branches.  (Pixar Animation Studios)
‘Star Wars: Episode VII'| Lucasfilm | 2015
The saga continues in the seventh installment of the “Star Wars” series created by George Lucas. The latest film is being directed by J.J. Abrams.  (Chris Pizzello / Invision/Associated Press)
‘Finding Dory’ | Pixar | Summer 2016
“Finding Dory” is the sequel to Pixar’s 2003 comedy drama “Finding Nemo.” The tale traces Dory’s adventure to reunite with her family. Taking place a year after the original movie, the film features returning characters such as clownfish Marlin, son Nemo and the “Tank Gang.”  (Pixar Animation Studios)
‘Zootopia’ | 2016
In the action comedy “Zootopia,” a fast-talking fox is on the run from a crime he didn’t commit. Zootopia’s cop, a pompous rabbit, is out to get him. Until, that is, the two become the targets of a conspiracy, which then leads to a long-lasting friendship.  (Walt Disney Pictures)
‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ | May 26, 2017
Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars” sequel was announced in March 2015. Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the production company behind “Star Wars,” for about $4 billion in 2012. Photo above: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”  (Lucasfilm / Disney)
‘Frozen’ | Date to be announced
In March 2015, Disney announced that “Frozen” filmmakers Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, as well as the character Olaf, who was voiced by Gad, will return for the sequel.  (Disney)
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