CinemaCon Studio Guide: Disney’s Star Wars, Tomorrowland & Inside Out

Every year Disney has a new selection of explosive live action films to talk about at their annual CinemaCon presentation. However, this year they brought along a little magical extra, Disney screened in its entirety Pixar’s first movie in two years, Inside Out — it was certainly worth the wait. Inside Out stars a cast of comedians, which bring their enthusiastic styles and recognizable voices to the film characters, the five emotions existing inside a girl’s head. The animated instant classic will also be screening at this year’s Cannes Film Festival prior to its release on June 19th.

Alongside Inside Out, Disney screened a montage of footage from its equally magical upcoming summer movie Tomorrowland. The film follows former boy-genius George Clooney and gifted teenager Britt Robertson as they set out on a dangerous mission to unearth the secrets of Tomorrowland, an enigmatic location caught between time and space. The film is written by Lost’s Damon Lindelof and Mission Impossible’s Brad Bird geniuses at mystery, visual effects and action so we should expect nothing short of amazement. The footage screened at the event showcased some undescribed scenes featuring an onslaught of staggering visual effects in almost every shot. The film is set to be released on May 22nd in theaters and IMAX, which can only add to the anticipation.

Getting around to possibly the most anticipated film on Disney’s slate, last year at CinemaCon Disney’s Alan Horn said in his best Yoda voice “Patience, you must have,” and it was partially rewarded today a year on as the studio screened the trailer for the little movie Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens. While there was no new footage of the next installment in the franchise directed by J.J. Abrams, there was one addition to the trailer the environment. Seeing the trailer inside the theater equipped with state of the art projection Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, it was breathtaking — even if you had already seen it online. While Disney ventured into Star Wars territory they quickly skipped past the Rogue One spin-off picture announced last weekend.

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Moving onwards from the presentations headliners Disney also has an amazing array of other projects in the works. One of which is Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, set for 2016, which Disney announced would be receiving a Dolby Cinema release and if we have learned anything here is that Dolby’s new technology really makes an impressionable difference for audiences. Another film we got a look at during the presentation was Marvel’s Ant-Man, with Paul Rudd, Disney screened a slightly extended trailer for the film which will receive a July 17th release.

The studio showed a timeline of its movies over the next two years and we were not disappointed with titles like Toy Story 4, Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 listed amongst a variety of other films. At the end of the day, Disney currently appears to have one of the most anticipated and sensational slates at this year’s conference, which is certainly prepared to conquer the box office and possibly the awards season.

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Editor-in-Chief of Tastic Film Magazine James Rush.

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