More Disney Announcements: Buzz Lightyear Movie, Alien Series on FX, Star Streaming Service for Grown-Ups


Although there was a ton of Star Wars and Marvel stuff announced at the 2020 Disney Investor’s Day event yesterday, that barely covers half of the news that the studio unveiled. To end off the year, Disney just decided to drop like a year’s worth of headlines in one shot and we are all still sifting through the details. Among the announcements were some new projects from Pixar, several live-action and animated Disney movies plus a handful of changes and additions to Disney+. Hit the jump for a brief summary of the rest of the major Disney scoops.

  • Pixar’s Lightyear, an origin story for Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Chris Evans), is hitting theatres in summer 2022
  • Pixar’s Luca, a movie set in Italy about a boy named Luca, will hit theatres in June 2021
  • Pixar’s upcoming movie Turning Red is about a 13-year old girl going through puberty that transforms into a giant red panda when she gets excited
  • Dug Days, a new Pixar series featuring the dog from Up, premieres on Disney+ in fall 2021
  • A Cars series is coming to Disney+ in fall 2022
  • Win or Lose, Pixar’s first original long-form animated series, is about a middle school softball team and comes to Disney+ in the fall of 2023
  • The Disney animated film Raya and the Last Dragon premieres on March 5th, 2021 both in theatres and on Disney+ via Premier Access
  • New Disney+ animated shows based on Zootopia, The Princess and the Frog, Moana and Big Hero 6 are in the works
  • Encanto, a new original movie set in Colombia with music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda is in development
  • Iwaju, an original longform series made in partnership with Kugali Media, is coming to Disney+ in 2022
  • New live-action series based on Beauty and the Beast, Swiss Family Robinson and Percy Jackson and the Olympians are coming to Disney+
  • New live-action movies The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, Turner & Hooch, Big Shot and The Mysterious Benedict Society are coming to Disney+
  • Hocus Pocus 2 directed by Adam Shankman is coming to Disney+
  • Three Men and a Baby starring Zac Efron is coming to Disney+
  • Cheaper by the Dozen with Kenya Barris and Gabrielle Union is coming to Disney+
  • A new Sister Act film starring Whoopi Goldberg and produced by Tyler Perry is coming to Disney+
  • Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers, a hybrid live action-animated film directed by Akiva Schaffer and starring John Mulaney and Andy Samberg is coming to Disney+
  • Pinocchio directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks is coming to Disney+
  • Peter Pan & Wendy directed by David Lowery and starring Jude Law as Captain Hook and Yara Shahidi as Tinker Bell is coming to Disney+
  • Disenchanted, a sequel to the hit film Enchanted, with Amy Adams returning as Giselle is coming to Disney+
  • Ice Age: Adventures of Buck Wild an animated movie starring Simon Pegg as the voice of Buck is coming to Disney+ in early 2022
  • Noah Hawley (Fargo, Legion) is developing an Alien series for FX and Hulu with Ridley Scott in talks to produce
  • FX has ordered two seasons of The Stones, a drama series about The Rolling Stones
  • FX is developing a Shogun series
  • FX has ordered four more seasons of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

There are even more new shows and movies in the works but let’s just leave it at that. Disney also announced that the price of Disney+ will be going up by $1 in March and they will be launching a new bundle featuring Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and ad-free Hulu together for $18.99 per month in January. For Disney+ subscribers in Europe, Canada, and New Zealand, they will be adding a new tier to Disney+ called Star (not to be confused with Starz), which features TV shows and films from ABC, FX, Freeform, Searchlight, and 20th Century Studios. This is sort of like their replacement for Hulu outside of the U.S. and it will require an opt-in with robust parental controls since the content is for mature audiences. The Star tier is expected to roll out on February 23rd.

  • Lior

    I had no idea Disney bought FX as well… wow.
    There isn’t a single original program on this list or on the previous list apart from a couple of the Pixar projects. It’s all based on previous IP. And you can argue that Pixar is its own IP.
    Still, if everything they make will be the same quality and care as The Mandalorian you won’t hear a peep from me, but with so much content there is no way everything will be up to that level.

  • Ben Bueno

    I hate that nothing is original, it’s awful. These news that Sean posts mostly just make me sad.