Disney Trailers Released


Anna Hulstedt, Features Editor

      The rest of 2019 is full of highly-anticipated Disney films being released, including Toy Story 4, live action versions of Aladdin and The Lion King, Frozen 2, and Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. Teaser trailers, meant to give a basic idea about a movie’s overall plot, have been released for each of the Disney movies mentioned above. Here’s a sneak peak of some hidden details and speculations behind each one.   

      Toy Story 4 comes out on June 21, and is supposed to be an additional story, not a continuation, of the famous Toy Story series from the Pixar Studios. Toy Story 4 picks up after the third movie when Andy donates his beloved toys to Bonnie, a young girl who is the daughter of the woman who owns the local daycare.

      According to speculation from the recent trailers for Toy Story 4, the movie’s plot is somewhat similar to the first movie, where Woody struggles with the introduction of a new toy. Bonnie creates her own toy, Forky, who is uncomfortable with being a toy and decides to run away, upsetting Bonnie tremendously. Woody runs after Forky and ends up finding Bo Peep in an antique shop along the way. Creators say the movie is more of a “romantic comedy”, an additional film to supplement the ending of the trilogy. A link to the trailer is here

      Disney’s recent renditions of famous films through the live-action lense continues with Aladdin (May 24) and The Lion King (July 19). Aladdin will follow the original story line from the 1992 version, but will feature much more detail highlighted in the real-life film. Aladdin is expected to overcome several schematic challenges, such as the flying carpet, magic of the Genie, and other aspects from the original that can be hard to depict in the non animated version. These specific elements are represented in the trailer, which can be viewed here

      The Lion King is expected to bring in a ton of revenue this summer, as Lion King is one of the most beloved Disney classics of all time. However, several fans showed concern with various aspects of transforming the movie from the animated version to the real-life blockbuster, such as the appearance of Scar, as he lacks green eyes and a black mane. Director Jon Favreau says that the movie will not be a scene-for-scene remake, but the story will be delivered in a somewhat different way to entertain fans so that it isn’t exactly like the animated version. Click here for the most recent trailer.

      Frozen II is set to be released on November 22, which will be the sequel to the popular animated film of 2013. Frozen II’s trailer depicts a more grim, intense view of the Frozen characters than in the more comical original. Elsa is seen trying to cross a storm in the ocean using her ice powers, while Anna and Kristoff also struggle in their own crisis situations. Olaf, the comic-relieving snowman, barely appears in the trailer. The movie’s original release logline says, “Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf are going far in the forest to know the truth about an ancient mystery of their kingdom.” Since this film is still farther out, the trailer doesn’t express too much detail about the plot but sets the tone for a more darker sequel than the first movie. Frozen II appears to take place in the autumn season, and will be a musical, just as the first was. Click here to view the Frozen II trailer. 

      Towards the end of the year, on December 20, Disney will release the final movie of the Star Wars saga, entitled “Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.” It picks up after Episode VIII, where Rey is the last jedi remaining. The trailer, found here features Rey fighting off an enemy starship with her lightsaber in hand, a destroyed death star, Lando and Chewbacca back in the Millenium Falcon, and appearances from Kylo Ren, Finn, BB-8, Leia, CP-30, and a mysterious laugh from deceased Palpatine at the end of the trailer. Producer JJ Abrams confirmed that Palpatine, although killed in Return of the Jedi, will indeed be making an appearance in the final film. Episode 9 wraps up not only the trilogy, but the trilogy of trilogies as the ninth movie.

      Disney’s line up for the rest of 2019 and even into 2020 is very exciting with a variety of sequels and real-life renditions of classic films, so be sure to grab some friends and see your favorites.