Day 1 of the D23 Expo 2022 had plenty of announcements about upcoming movies and TV projects from Pixar and Walt Disney.
Posted on September 10, 2022
The first day of the annual D23 Expo 2022 focused on upcoming and recently announced movies and TV series from animation studios Pixar and Walt Disney Studios. Some of these releases will premiere on Disney+ in 2022 and beyond. From live-action adaptations to highly anticipated sequels and specials, there’s something new for everyone to discover from Disney. So let’s take a look at all the important film and TV announcements from D23 Expo 2022.
D23 Expo 2022 – All Disney Movies Announced
At D23 Expo 2022, the public was treated to final trailers, first looks and exclusive premieres for upcoming films. Here’s a list of all the new titles heading to theaters and Disney+ worldwide.
Hocus Pocus 2
Coming to Disney+ on September 30, 2022, the Sanderson sisters return after 29 years in the upcoming terrifying sequel, Hocus Pocus 2. After someone mysterious lights the ominous Black Candle, a group of high school students must stop the sisters from getting their revenge before All Hallow’s Eve arrives.
It’s been 15 years since the release of Enchanted and its highly anticipated sequel, Disappointed, sees Princess Giselle and her husband, Robert, tired of city life. After a big move to a suburban town for that ‘fairytale life’, Giselle faces new challenges, including the town’s resident ‘Queen’.
Using the magic of her house to accidentally transform the sleepy town into a true fairy tale, Giselle puts herself and her family in grave danger. Now, she must do everything in her power to reverse the spell as she finds the true meaning of her happily ever after.
MUFASA: The Lion King
Director Barry Jenkins will bring the story of one of Disney’s most iconic villains, Mufasa, to life in an original film, MUFASA: The Lion King. Set before the events of The Lion King, the film will focus on Mufasa’s teenage years, his rise within the clan, and eventually becoming one of the greatest kings in all of the Pride Lands.
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Mufasa isn’t the only character from The Lion King to appear as Timon, Pumbaa and Rafiki will grace the audience. Unfortunately, we will have to wait a while for this prequel film as it is slated for release in 2024.
Snow White and the Little Mermaid
Two live-action adaptations of Disney Princess classics, Snow White and The little Mermaid, were presented on stage at the D23 Expo. Snow White will see Rachel Zegler (West Side Story) as the titular princess with Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot as the princess’s stepmother, while recording artist Halle Bailey will go “under the sea” as redheaded princess Ariel .
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The Little Mermaid is scheduled for release in May 2023, and Snow White will hit theaters in 2024. Additionally, new trailers for both films have been revealed, featuring fantastic music, gorgeous costumes, and reimagined worlds.
D23 Expo 2022 – All the big Disney+ series announced
In addition to all the major movie announcements, some long and short series are coming to Disney+ soon. Let’s take a look at all the major TV announcements from Pixar, Walt Disney Animation and more confirmed at D23 Expo 2022:
Walt Disney Animation will continue to explore Zootopia’s dynamic and hilarious metropolis in a spin-off series, Zootopia+. Instead of focusing on the main characters, it follows the eccentric and colorful residents who call this town home in mini-episodes that will premiere on November 9, 2022.
I win or lose
First announced at Disney+ Day 2021, Pixar’s first full-length episodic series, I win or losewill arrive on Disney+ in 2023. Co-hosted by a high school softball team, the series will unfold in the week leading up to a Championship game, spotlighting the players, coaching staff and their parents.
Walt Disney Animation has partnered with pan-African entertainment company Kugali to bring original stories to the platform, starting with Iwajú. Described as a “love letter to Lagos, Nigeria”, Iwajú is packed with technological advancements, stellar visual effects and a compelling story that speaks to the heart and spirit of the African country.
Other equally important announcements and revelations were made during the second day of the D23 Expo. As such, we were treated to World Premieres and exclusive previews of the following films and TV projects:
- Peter Pan & Wendy
- Haunted House
- Inside Out 2
- Strange world
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Written by Ashleigh Klein
Ashleigh Klein is a staff writer at GINX Esports TV based in South Africa. She is equipped with an N.Dip in Journalism and Media Studies, with a plethora of journal entries detailing her vast experiences in the game’s open world. When he’s not checking out bulletin boards, he can be found researching all things Marvel, DC, and Star Wars. You can reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter at @ashleigh_RPG.
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