Disney promised a barnstorming year in 2015, and the studio delivered. And so, buoyed the record-shattering success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens et al., the House of Mouse is turning the tide to focus on its marquee releases of 2016, with today’s batch of new images focusing on Zootopia, Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book and fantastical prequel Alice Through the Looking Glass.
First up, the latter and it’s a chance for fans to feast their eyes on the returning Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. He’s one of a number of familiar faces set to appear in James Bobin’s quasi-prequel. Due to go toe-to-toe with Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse in late May, it remains to be seen whether the fantastical charm of Disney can rub shoulders with Fox’s legions of mutants, though we’re eagerly anticipating Bobin’s revisionist take on Wonderland nonetheless.
Released alongside the new still for Alice was a fresh peek at Jon Favreau’s much-anticipated The Jungle Book. If yesterday’s triptych poster showcased one third of the animal kingdom, this latest image reveals Neel Sethi in action as Mowgli, as he stalks Favreau’s lush rainforest.
Switching from real-life animals to anthropomorphic animations, the studio’s final teaser placed a spotlight on Disney Animation’s Zootopia and, specifically, the two furry critters at the heart of the tale – Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) and con artist Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman).
Zootopia gets the ball rolling first on March 4, 2016, followed in quick succession by The Jungle Book on April 15. From there, fans can look forward to Alice Through the Looking Glass on May 27, and you can check out the latter’s official synopsis below.
Director James Bobin brings his own unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in 2010 with “Alice in Wonderland,” in which Alice (Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. The film, which once again features Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall, introduces several new characters as well: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father, and Time.