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From “Finding Dory” to “Captain America,” “The Jungle Book” and more, here’s a look at the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures release schedule for 2016 that your kids might want to see.
“The Finest Hours” (Jan. 29); not yet rated. This is the true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. In 1952, more than 30 sailors were trapped aboard the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker en route to Boston that was sinking due to a violent nor’easter. A senior officer on board, Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) inspires the crew to set aside their differences to ride out the storm and survive. When the U.S. Coast Guard gets word of the disaster, a small team sets out on a rescue mission, facing extremely cold temperature, 60-foot waves and hurricane-force winds. The movie also stars Chris Pine, Eric Bana, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger and John Ortiz.
“Zootopia” (Mar. 4); not yet rated. From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, animals live happily together in Zootopia. This animal metropolis features different neighborhoods, such as the ritzy Sahara Square and the frigid Tundratown. When the first bunny joins the police force, Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) must prove herself by solving a mystery. Jason Bateman, Shakira, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Nate Torrence, Jenny Slate, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Bonnie Hunt and more also voice characters in the movie.
“The Jungle Book” (Apr. 15); not yet rated. This classic reboot, based on Rudyard Kipling’s book and Disney’s classic animated film, the new adventure follows Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a mancub who is raised by a pack of wolves. When he is forced to embark on a journey out of the jungle, he meets many animals along the way — some who are his mentors (Bagheera, voice of Ben Kingsley) and Baloo (voice of Bill Murray) — and some who don’t have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson). The cast also includes Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken.
“Captain America: Civil War” (May 6); not yet rated. Steve Rogers leads the newly formed team of Avengers in their efforts to safeguard humanity. The cast includes Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, William Hurt and more.
“Alice Through the Looking Glass” (May 27); not yet rated. Alice returns to Underland, the whimsical world where she travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Director James Bobin brings Lewis Carroll’s characters to life in his own unique way, reuniting the cast including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. Tim Burton is one of the producers.
“Finding Dory” (June 17); not yet rated. Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres) just keeps swimming in this fun, animated sequel to Disney Pixar’s “Finding Nemo.” Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) help Dory on her quest to find answers about her past. What can she remember, who are her parents and much more. The movie also stars the voices of Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton.
“The BFG” (July 1); not yet rated. This fantasy-adventure brings together the talents of Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and director Steven Spielberg to bring Dahl’s classic novel to life. “The Big Friendly Giant” (Mark Rylance) stands 24-feet tall with gigantic ears and is quite different than the other giants in Giant Country. Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) are twice as big and have been known to eat humans. When Sophie, a 10-year-old girl from London, arrives in Giant Country, she is initially scared when the giant brings her to his cave, but soon realizes he is charming and gentle. The cast also includes Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall and more.
“Pete’s Dragon” (Aug. 12); not yet rated. This 1977 revamp of the Disney classic follows the adventures of a young orphan, Pete, and his best friend Elliott, who happens to be a dragon. The cast includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Karl Urban, Robert Redford, Wes Bentley, Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence.
Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” (Nov. 4); not yet rated. After a horrific car accident, Doctor Stephen Strange discovers a world of magic and alternate dimensions. Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Michael Suhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton star in the movie.
“Moana” (Nov. 23); not yet rated. Set in the Pacific, a determined Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) embarks on a journey to prove herself as a master wayfinder. On her quest, she befriends Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), a demi-god, who helps her tackle the obstacles and embrace the joys along the way.
“Queen of Katwe” (Fall 2016); not yet rated. Set in rural Uganda, the true story follows a young girl selling corn on the streets who is introduced to the game of chess. With a supportive family and community, she becomes an international chess champion. The cast includes newcomer Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o.
“Rouge One” (Dec. 16); not yet rated. From Lucasfilm, “Rogue One” takes place before the events of “Star Wars: A New Hope.” The story follows resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the Death Star. The cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn and Forest Whitaker.
“Light Between Oceans” (date to be determined); not yet rated. A heart-breaking drama from DreamWorks Pictures about love, fate, moral dilemmas and the lengths to which one couple will go to conquer their dreams. The movie is set in Australia after World War I and stars Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Bryan Brown and Jack Thompson.