As we head into 2021, I wanted to take a look at what movies we know are heading to Disney+ in the year ahead. It’s important to note that this list isn’t complete and there will no doubt be many more new films coming to Disney+ that haven’t been announced yet, but let’s check out the movies that have been confirmed for a 2021 release on Disney+:
Flora & Ulysses
Flora & Ulysses is a delightful comedy-adventure based on the Newbery Award–winning book about 10-year-old Flora, an avid comic book fan and a self-avowed cynic, who rescues a squirrel with unique superhero powers. Flora & Ulysses stars Matilda Lawler and is directed by Lena Khan (“The Tiger Hunter”).
The film makes its debut on Disney+ February 19th, 2021
Raya and the Last Dragon
Raya and the Last Dragon, which will be released on March 5th, 2021, simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access. The film is set in the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together long ago in harmony. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than a dragon to save the world—it’s going to take trust and teamwork as well. Raya and the Last Dragon features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as Raya, a warrior whose wit is as sharp as her blade, and Awkwafina as magical, mythical, self-deprecating dragon named Sisu. Newly revealed characters from the film include a street-savvy 10-year-old entrepreneur named Boun, the formidable giant Tong, and a thieving toddler Noi with her band of Ongis. The feature film is directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada and produced by Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho.
Night at the Museum
Night at the Museum comes to Disney+ with a new twist: this time it’s animated. Shawn Levy, who has helped shape the blockbuster franchise as director of the previous films, and is also helming 20th Century Studios’ upcoming “Free Guy,” is on board as a producer.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which has spawned a successful live-action film franchise from the popular books, comes to Disney+ in 2021 as an all-new animated film.
Set in the avant-garde street-sneaker subculture of New York City, “Sneakerella” introduces El (Jacobs), an aspiring sneaker designer from Queens who works as a stock boy in the shoe store that once belonged to his late mother. El hides his artistic talent from his overburdened stepfather and two mean-spirited stepbrothers who constantly stomp on any opportunity that comes his way. When El meets Kira King (Underwood), the fiercely independent daughter of legendary basketball star and sneaker tycoon Darius King (Salley), sparks fly as the two bond over their mutual affinity for sneakers. With a little nudge from his best friend and a sprinkle of Fairy Godfather magic, El finds the courage to use his talent to pursue his dream of becoming a ‘legit’ sneaker designer in the industry.
Greek Freak heads into production next year for Disney+. It is the remarkable story of NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and his family, who lifted themselves out of poverty as undocumented immigrants living in Greece. Ultimately, Giannis finds himself on the world stage.
From National Geographic Documentary Films, the studio behind Oscar winner “Free Solo,” two-time Academy Award® nominee Liz Garbus (“What Happened, Miss Simone?,” “The Farm: Angola, USA”), Academy Award winner Dan Cogan (“Icarus”), and in partnership with Story Syndicate and The Cousteau Society, the life of legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau is told through a treasure trove of previously unseen archival material. Featuring never-before-seen 4K footage from the Cousteau Society’s archives, Cousteau will provide audiences a “deep dive” into the renowned explorer’s remarkable life, revealing the man behind some of the world’s most significant contributions to contemporary environmentalism. Academy Award winner Evan Hayes of “Free Solo” is also a producer for this film. After festivals and a planned theatrical release, the film will be available exclusively to Disney+ subscribers.
There are also other movies in production that haven’t yet been given a 2021 release date including:
Peter Pan & Wendy
And Disney is also likely to purchase third party movies for Disney+ to be released in 2021. In 2020, Disney picked up the distribution rights to movies such as “Clouds” and “Black Beauty” for Disney+.
Plus we are likely to see more movies from Disney’s theatrical slate released on Disney+ Premier Access such as:
The Jungle Cruise
Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings
This will all depend on how many people return to cinemas after the vaccination program is complete and how movies like “Raya and the Last Dragon” perform on Disney+ Premier Access. Disney is taking a cautious approach to how it releases its movies going forward.
International Disney+ subscribers will also be getting even more content, since the inclusion of the Star brand across Canada, Australasia, Asia and Europe will see “Star Original” movies from 20th Century Studios and Searchlight added to Disney+ such as “Vacation Friends”. These will be going to Hulu in the US.
What movie are you looking forward to watching on Disney+ in 2021?
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.