Preview of Upcoming 2013 Disney Movies – Pixar, Marvel, Walt Disney Pictures and More

As 2012 draws to a close, we look ahead to upcoming 2013 Disney movies.  We already have individual pages for most of the 2013 Disney movies, but thought it would be helpful to have all the links in one handy place.  We’ll post this page on the sidebar of the site, but feel free to bookmark it so you can find it easily.  Below you’ll find the descriptions, release dates, and links to our pages on all the 2013 Disney movies including releases from Pixar, Marvel, Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios and DreamWorks.  We’ll continue to add images, news, and trailers to each film’s individual page as we get more information.  So what films are you most looking forward to in the coming year?


Oz The Great and Powerful – March 8, 2013

OZ The Great and PowerfulDisney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character.  When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting.  Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late.  Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.

Click here for our spoiler-free review of  “Oz The Great and Powerful” – Goodness, Greatness, Great Balls of Fire!

Iron Man 3 – May 3, 2013

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds.  When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible.  This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle.  With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him.  As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black.

Click here for all the trailers, images, and news for “Iron Man 3.”

Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University – June 21, 2013

DISNEY/PIXAR MONSTERS UNIVERSITYMike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case.  From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

“Monsters University” is the prequel to Disney•Pixar’s Oscar-winning “Monsters, Inc.” released in 2001, and will feature a number of returning characters from the original.

“Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”) and produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”).

Click here for all the trailers, images, and news for “Monsters University.”

The Lone Ranger – July 3, 2013

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes.  Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

“The Lone Ranger” also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.

Click here for all the trailers, images, and news for “The Lone Ranger.”

Planes – August 9, 2013

Dusty voiced by Jon Cryer in PLANESUpdate January 15, 2013: Walt Disney Studios added “Planes” to its group of theatrical releases

From above the world of “Cars” comes Disney’s “Planes,” an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voiced by Jon Cryer Dane Cook), a small-town plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer.  But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights.  So he turns to naval aviator Skipper, who helps Dusty qualify to take on Ripslinger, the defending champ of the race circuit.  Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.  “Planes” takes off in theaters in 3D on Aug. 9, 2013, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

Click here for all the trailers, images, and news for “Planes.”

The Little Mermaid 3D – September 13, 2013

THE LITTLE MERMAIDUpdate January 15, 2013: With the addition of “Planes” to the 2013 slate of theatrical releases, “The Little Mermaid” in 3D has been dropped.

Swimming into the hearts of a new generation—beautifully restored and this time in 3D— the Oscar-winning film “The Little Mermaid” features the beloved Ariel (voice of Jodi Benson), a fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, who strikes a bargain with the devious seawitch Ursula (voice of Pat Carroll), trading her fins and beautiful voice for legs in hopes of winning the love of a prince.

Originally released in 1989, “The Little Mermaid” garnered two Academy Awards, including Best Original Score (Alan Menken) and Best Original Song (Menken/Howard Ashman, “Under the Sea”).  Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, who went on to direct “Aladdin” and “The Princess and the Frog.”

Thor: The Dark World – November 8, 2013

Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, (played by Chris Hemsworth) as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself.  In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos… but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness.  Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.

Click here for all the trailers, images, and news for “Thor: The Dark World.”

Delivery Man (DreamWorks) – November 22, 2013

Vince Vaughn in THE DELIVERY MANFrom DreamWorks Pictures comes “Delivery Man” starring Vince Vaughn and Cobie Smulders. “Delivery Man” is the story of affable underachiever David Wozniak (played by Vince Vaughn), whose mundane life is turned upside down when he finds out that he fathered 533 children through sperm donations he made twenty years earlier. In debt to the mob, rejected by his pregnant girlfriend, things couldn’t look worse for David when he is hit with a lawsuit from 142 of the 533 twenty-somethings who want to know the identity of the donor. As David struggles to decide whether or not he should reveal his true identity, he embarks on a journey that leads him to discover not only his true self but the father he could become as well.

The American remake of a French-Canadian film by Ken Scott titled “Starbuck.” Scott is also the writer and director for “Delivery Man.”  Click here for all the trailers, images, and news for “Delivery Man.”

Frozen – November 27, 2013

FROZENWhen a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell.  Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”).  Featuring music from Tony-winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit”).

Click here for all the trailers, images, and news Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen.”

Saving Mr. Banks – December 20, 2013

SAVING MR. BANKSTwo-time Academy Award–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen.

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep.  In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine.  But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops.  Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge.  He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.

It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

Click here for all the trailers, images, and news for “Saving Mr. Banks.”

Looking even farther ahead to 2014 and beyond, Disney has already announced Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie in the title role coming in March; Disneynature’s Bears debuts on Earth Day; Marvel projects will include Captain America: The Winter Soldier in April, “Guardians of the Galaxy” in August, and “Ant Man” in November, 2015.  Finally, speaking of 2015, that brings us to Avengers 2 and Disney’s first Lucasfilm release of Star Wars VII.  So there are lots of releases to look forward to in the coming years, and we haven’t even mentioned The Muppets 2 or “Pirates of the Caribbean 5.”  Remember release dates for films are always subject to change.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.