All 10 Disney Animated Movies Releasing After Lightyear
There are a lot of Disney animated movies releasing after Lightyear coming from Walt Disney Animation Studios, 20th Century Animation, and Pixar. The Mouse House has long been synonymous with the animated movie industry, and even as IP franchises, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Star Wars become bigger focuses, Disney is still a significant player in Hollywood's animated movie space. Pixar's Lightyear is the latest effort from Disney's various animated studios and an attempt to reinvent the Toy Story franchise with Chris Evans voicing Buzz Lightyear.
Debuting in theaters in 2022, Lightyear marks the first Pixar movie to release exclusively in this format since before the COVID-19 pandemic. Soul, Luca, and Turning Red all had their theatrical release plans scrapped in favor of exclusive releases on Disney+. With the backing of the Toy Story franchise, Lightyear was given the wide theatrical release the previous original stories were not. The end result will be another big hit for Disney and Pixar, as Lightyear's positive reviews, high box office projections, and sequel setup signal that this is the start of a new Pixar animated franchise.
Lightyear marks the fourth major Disney animated movie of 2022 to come from one of its three animation studios. Pixar's Turning Red kicked off the year, while Disney Animation Studios was then involved in the CGI/live-action hybrid Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers reboot. 20th Century Animation also released The Bob's Burgers Movie in theaters only a few weeks before Lightyear. Disney not only has more animated movies releasing in the rest of 2022, but there are also plans for several other films. All in all, Disney is releasing 10 animated movies after Lightyear in theaters and on Disney+. Here's a complete guide to Disney's upcoming animated movies.
Strange World - November 23, 2022
First movie after Lightyear is Walt Disney Animation Studios' Strange World. Directed by Big Hero 6's Don Hall, the upcoming Disney animated movie follows the Clades, a legendary family of explorers. Jake Gyllenhaal voices the main character, Searcher Clade. Other Strange World cast members include Dennis Quaid, Jaboukie Young-White, Gabrielle Union and Lucy Liu as other members of the Clades. Strange World releases exclusively in theaters on November 23, 2022.
Night At The Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again - 2022
Disney is planning to continue the Night at the Museum franchise in animation. Instead of rebooting the Ben Stiller-starring family franchise in live-action, 20th Century Animation is working on a CGI-animated continuation. As evident by the title, Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again is about Hank Azaria's Kahmunrah returning for revenge. The story shifts focus from Stiller's Larry Daley to his son Nick, played by Skyler Gisondo. Franchise veterans like Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, and Rami Malek will voice their characters in the Night at the Museum reboot as well. Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again is expected to debut exclusively on Disney+ sometime in 2022.
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules - 2022
Disney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid animated movie franchise is going to continue after Lightyear. Author Jeff Kinney wrote the script for the original 2021 animated movie that debuted on Disney+. The streaming service is confirmed to host a sequel, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, in 2022. No official release date has been given, but Kinney has plans to turn all of his Diary of a Wimpy Kid books into animated movies as long as the films continue to succeed.
Untitled Carlos López Estrada Movie - 2023
Raya and the Last Dragon's co-director Carlos López Estrada is confirmed to be working on another animated movie for Disney. Plot details are not yet confirmed for Estrada's new story, but Walt Disney Animation Studios previously confirmed the untitled film will debut sometime in 2023. Following the very positive reviews for Raya and the Last Dragon, there is reason to be excited about what Carlos López Estrada will do next, even if hardly anything is known about it.