The Disney Juggernaut

We all know that the Walt Disney Company is an entertainment force for the ages. With an arsenal that includes Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and the Muppets, be prepared for a string of blockbusters for years to come. Every two years, Disney has a D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center for over 40,000 members in its official fan club, during which they offer sneak peeks at the projects coming up.  While there was no new update revealed about the most anticipated project of them all, Star Wars: Episode VII, there was still plenty of information to keep the Disney fans excited about what's coming up.  Here's the list of some of the big motion pictures (animated and live-action) on the horizon.

Bears - Coming next April, just in time for Earth Day, Disneynature's latest cinematic celebration of wildlife takes an up close and personal look at Alaska's grizzlies.

Big Hero 6 - An animated superhero flick that's based on a lesser known Marvel Universe comic book, six heroes join forces to save Japan.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Chris Evans returns as the star-spangled, time-tossed Avenger, teaming up with Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow as they face the return of sidekick Bucky Barnes, who was believed to be killed in the last movie.

Cinderella - Director Kenneth Branagh gives us a live-action version of the cartoon and fairy tale classic. Helena Bonham Carter will play the Fairy Godmother and Lily James will be the rags-to-riches lead. Cate Blanchett also stars.

Finding Dory - Ellen DeGeneres, Diane Keaton, and Albert Brooks lend their voices to this Pixar sequel to Finding Nemo.

Frozen - This cartoon tells the story of an epic journey to save a kingdom trapped in an eternal winter. The voice stars include Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel.

The Good Dinosaur - We don't know anything about the plot to this Pixar flick, except that it deals with dinos, so prepare yourselves for another blockbuster hit.

Guardians of the Galaxy - Marvel's Phase Two continues with superheroes in space. Zoe Saldana, Benicio Del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Djimon Hounsou star (and maybe even Vin Diesel).

Inside Out - Pixar delivers a unique cartoon set in the mind of a little girl as we see all of her emotions personified. The voice stars include Mindy Kaling and Amy Poehler.

Into the Woods - Broadway fans will be happy to see the popular musical come to the big screen with Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Johnny Depp as the Wolf, Chris Pine as Cinderella's Prince, Emily Blunt as the Baker's Wife, Meryl Streep as the Witch, and Tracey Ullman as Jack's Mother.

Maleficent - Sleeping Beauty's villainess takes center stage with Angelina Jolie donning the horns as we learn how she became the hard-hearted witch who makes Princess Aurora (played by Elle Fanning) so miserable.

Muppets Most Wanted - Jim Henson would be proud to see the successful comeback of his creations. In this sequel, Kermit and the gang are involved in a European jewel heist.  The all-star cast includes Salma Hayek, Christoph Waltz, Danny Trejo, Tina Fey, Ray Liotta, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Frank Langella.

Saving Mr. Banks - Tom Hanks stars as Walt Disney himself and Emma Thompson is P.L. Travers, the writer who created Mary Poppins. Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, and Jason Schwartzman also star.

Star Wars: Episode VII - All we know is that J.J. Abrams is directing.  Can't wait!

Thor: The Dark World - The god of thunder, played again by Chris Hemsworth, returns to save his love Jane Foster, played again by Natalie Portman. The rest of the cast from the hit first movie also are back for more action and adventure.

Tomorrowland - Director Brad Bird teams up with screenwriter Damon Lindelof, that's all we know.  Oh, and George Clooney and Hugh Laurie star in it.

Zootopia - You'll have to wait until 2016 to see this animal-centric cartoon.

The next D23 Expo is scheduled for 2015.  Join the club now!

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