What Disney Movies are Coming in 2021

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What Disney movies are coming in 2021—this article details the best family movies from the entire suite of The Walt Disney Company, including movies on Disney+, Disney movies in the theater, along with Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar films.

Disney Movies 2021

Ready to pop the popcorn and grab your favorite snacks? Disney movies arrive just in time for 2021, including lists for movies showing on Disney+, in the theater, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Disney Animation and Pixar. 

Disney Plus Movies 2021

Disney Plus took the streaming world by storm when it launched in late 2019. Then when everything around the world went on hold in 2020, it was no surprise that Disney Plus showed up for us in a big way.  

In addition to a huge selection of existing movies, originals and television series, Disney Plus also produces new films for us to enjoy at home or on the go. 

But first, let’s close out 2020, and celebrate big time with Pixar’s release of SOUL streaming free to all Disney Plus subscribers. Keep the kids busy with these FREE Pixar Soul activity sheets.

Flora & Ulysses February 19, 2021

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.

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Flora & Ulysses stars Matilda Lawler and is directed by Lena Khan (“The Tiger Hunter”). The film makes its debut on Disney+ February 19, 2021. Watch the adorable trailer here.

My review of the made-for-Disney-Plus movie. We watched it as a family with my husband, two teens and one tween.

My youngest and I started reading the book together before the movie came out. The book is adorable, imaginative and offers the perfect amount of reading challenge for my tween. We’re still reading the book together even after finishing the movie.

The movie wasn’t my favorite. The tween enjoyed it the most, followed by my younger teen. Is it a must watch? Nah, but definitely worth putting it on for the family and see who enjoys it most. 

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What you will love? The endless Easter eggs and references to all things Disney, Marvel and Star Wars. I love that they were able to throw those bits in. And parents—don’t miss the Titanic reference toward the end. I totally lol’d. If you want to make it a fantastic movie night, bring donuts. You won’t regret that.

Raya and The Last Dragon March 5, 2021

Raya and The Last Dragon March 5, 2021. As movie theaters continue to feel the impact of 2020, this animated film will release simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Premier Access means you can watch this at home for an additional $29.99. 

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Viewers will travel to 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.

Luca June 18, 2021

Now going straight to Disney+, free with paid subscription! Luca debuts June 18, 2021. I love a good summer movie for the whole family. “Luca” centers on a young boy living on the Italian Riviera, who shares adventures with his newfound best friend. But a dark secret about his true identity (he is a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface) seeks to threaten that bond. More on Luca here.

Black Widow July 9, 2021

Black Widow set to hit theaters and Disney Plus with premier access onJuly 9, 2021. Natasha Romanoff, Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises.

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Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Sneakerella

“‘Sneakerella’ brings a vibrant, modern approach to a beloved story by suggesting that magic is the result of hard work and determination and exists within each of us. 

 

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Starring Chosen Jacobs (“It”) and Lexi Underwood (“Little Fires Everywhere”) will star alongside four-time NBA Champion John Salley, this pop/hip-hop musical leaves a sneaker culture imprint on the “Cinderella” fairy tale.

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. Will your kids be as into an animated version as they were for the live-action? 

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. Night at the Museum launches on Disney+ in 2021.

Disney Animation Movies 2021

Disney Animation brings you classics like Snow White, Cinderella, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen and many more. This year, Disney Animation brings to life new stories to the big screen with some unique at-home streaming options. 

Raya and The Last Dragon March 5, 2021

As movie theaters continue to feel the impact of 2020, this animated film will release simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Premier Access means you can watch this at home for an additional $29.99. 

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Viewers will travel to 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.

Encanto November 24, 2021

“Encanto,” an original film slated for theaters in November 2021, that includes new songs by Emmy®, GRAMMY® and Tony Award® winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Encanto tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal—every child except one, Mirabel.

But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope.

The film features all-new songs by Emmy®, GRAMMY® and Tony Award® winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “Moana”) and is directed by Byron Howard (“Zootopia,” “Tangled”) and Jared Bush (co-director “Zootopia”), co-directed by Charise Castro Smith (writer “The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez”) and produced by Clark Spencer and Yvett Merino. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto opens in theaters November 24, 2021.

Marvel Studios Movies 2021

Disney bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion in 2009 and has even added a Super Hero themed land, Avengers Campus to Disneyland Resort. Here’s when you can see your favorite Marvel characters battle it out this year. 

Marvel Movies this year

Black Widow July 9, 2021

Black Widow set to hit theaters and Disney Plus with premier access onJuly 9, 2021. Natasha Romanoff, Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises.

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Photo by Jay Maidment. ©Marvel Studios 2020.

Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Shang Chi September 3, 2021

Opening Fall 2021, Simu Liu stars as Shang-Chi in Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings. Shang-Chi must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.

The film’s cast also includes Tony Leung as Wenwu, Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy, and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan. Additionally, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu and Ronny Chieng appear in the upcoming movie, which is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.

Eternals November 5, 2021

A cast full of super stars, Marvel Studios’ Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years.

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, the Deviants.

Spider Man 3 (in co-production with Sony)

Spider Man is being released in co-production with Sony and has a huge cast of big name celebrities. Check out this write up of Spider Man 3 due in 2021. Rumors now say as of January 22, 2021, that Spider Man may be delayed unto 2022. 

Disney Live Action Movies 2021

Disney live actions tend to be remakes or spin offs of older, classic films. Cinderella was a big live action hit in our house, and lots of people loved Beauty and the Best and Aladdin to name a few. Are you a fan of the live actions or do you skip them? 

Cruella May 28, 2021

Cruella dives into the rebellious early days of one of the most notorious—and notoriously fashionable— villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil.

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Oscar® winner Emma Stone stars as Estella, aka Cruella, opposite Oscar winner Emma Thompson as the Baroness, the head of a prestigious fashion house who plucks Estella from obscurity as a burgeoning designer.

It’s set against the backdrop of 1970s punk-rock London, and director Craig Gillespie delivers a unique take on this one-of-a-kind villain. Cruella is coming in 2021.

Jungle Cruise July 30, 2021

Seeing the stars of Jungle Cruise at D23 Expo in 2019 was one of the most memorable moments. Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt came out to roaring laughter from the crowd. Those two know how to put on a show and this is one I am really looking forward to.

Jungle Cruise takes audiences on a rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton. Jaume Collet-Serra directs the film, which stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall, with Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti. Disney’s Jungle Cruise is slated for July 2021.

West Side Story December 2021

More information coming soon for this theatrical release. 

Disney Pixar Movies 2021

Pixar has our hearts ever since Toy Story. Hit after hit means a Pixar movie is a must see move in our house. 

Luca June 18, 2021

Now going straight to Disney+, free with paid subscription! Luca debuts June 18, 2021. I love a good summer movie for the whole family. “Luca” centers on a young boy living on the Italian Riviera, who shares adventures with his newfound best friend. But a dark secret about his true identity (he is a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface) seeks to threaten that bond. More on Luca here.

What makes your must watch list of Disney movies in 2021? 

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