While Disney’s 2017 slate is full of amazing big-budget movies that range from everything from talking cars to intergalactic space criminals, there’s certainly no doubt that there’s an endless amount of fun to be had at Disney’s jam-packed blockbuster year. But for every Cars 3 or Beauty and the Beast, there’s so much rich content in The Walt Disney Company, that many of the non-mainstream projects tend to slip through the cracks and don’t get the attention they deserve. For that reason, we wanted to spotlight some of the amazing projects coming from Disney this year that perhaps you haven’t heard about and share seven of our most anticipated and far more obscure productions and products coming from Disney this year.
Since the very beginning, Pixar has been a leader in taking brilliant ideas and executing them through great storytelling, and one of their smaller projects that we’re looking forward to is their brand new short, titled Lou, which will accompany Cars 3 in theaters this June. We always love when Pixar combines ambition, creativity, and emotion, and if early reactions are any indication, Lou is sure to be another landmark achievement in Pixar’s long lasting legacy.
Star Wars: Forces of Destiny
While Star Wars can hardly ever be called ‘obscure’, this production from the Star Wars line probably won’t be getting as much media attention as The Last Jedi (we’d bet our galactic credits on that), so its classifies as an obscure production in its own right. Forces of Destiny is an upcoming sixteen episode miniseries that shines a special focus and elevates the female characters in Star Wars. The work on this production looks impressive and delightful and all of the cast, including Daisy Ridley, Felicity Jones, and Lupita N’yongo, will be reprising their roles. Before you ask, yes these episodes are most certainly canon. The series hits YouTube and Disney Channel this summer.
Disney Afternoon Collection
The only project that’s already available to purchase on this list is the nostalgia induced and endlessly fantastic Disney Afternoon Collection from Disney and Capcom. Based off the original games that Capcom released to NES starring the characters from the Disney Afternoon block of television, this new collection takes those games and adapts them for your Xbox One, PS4, or PC, so that Disney can truly induce your inner 90s nostalgia. The games include Darkwing Duck, DuckTales, TaleSpin, Rescue Rangers and more. Let’s get dangerous nostalgic!
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons
Before Mickey Mouse was even a concept, Walt Disney’s big property was the character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Disney had found success and failure in Oswald’s works, eventually leading to the character launching a string of popular shorts and planting the seeds of Disney’s innovation to come. Ultimately, Disney would lose the rights of his beloved character to Charles Mintz and Universal in a contract dispute, which would inspire him to create a specific mouse which we all know too well today. This new book, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons is an informative look on the history, inspiration and the long-lost stories of the creation of Oswald, Disney’s loss of the character and his grand return to Disney in 2006. This book looks truly incredible and the fact that this level of detail and quality about such an obscure property is being released by Disney themselves makes us even more thrilled. The book hits shelves August 29th, 2017 and is available for pre-order.
The Muppets Meet the Classics: Phantom of the Opera
Having new Muppet products is always something worth celebrating. But unlike a full-fledged theatrical film or television series, this product is a bit more obscure, as the Muppets release an upcoming book parodying and retelling of the famous Phantom of the Opera tale with Uncle Deadly at the forefront as the Phantom, and Kermit as Raoul and Miss Piggy playing the role of Christine. Yes really. This insanely obscure project hits bookshelves October 17th, 2017, and is finally up for pre-order online.
Cars 3: Driven to Win
While the existence of a Cars 3 video game is far from revolutionary, the excitement that surrounds this video game release is that the studio behind this game is none other than Avalanche Software, the former Disney-owned video game studio behind incredible projects like Disney Infinity. Last year, Disney shuttered Avalanche and Infinity and laid off hundreds of employees. The company was quickly acquired by Warner Bros, and it seems the relationship between Disney and Avalanche still lives on. We’re excited about this game because Avalanche truly left their mark on the video game industry by crafting such an amazing immersive world, and we’re very interested to see where the company will go next and how their innovation will continue with this project, which is the first for the company’s new post-Disney future.
The Return of Milo Murphy’s Law
We’ve talked a bit about Disney’s newest television show, Milo Murphy’s Law, the latest series from Phineas and Ferb creators Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh which airs on Disney XD. After a brief run at the beginning of the Fall 2016 season, it appeared that Milo would likely not live to see another day, but luckily Disney renewed the show for a second season, which is expected to drop later this year. Milo Murphy is full of fun and the perfect show for Phineas and Ferb fans looking to get their fix. The show’s originality and ingenuity always leave viewers to remember that like Murphy’s Law, always expect the unexpected.
That’s some of the things that we’re excited for from Disney this year! While these projects won’t necessarily get as much coverage as your Guardians of the Galaxy or Star Wars fix might, these projects are full of fun and creativity and certainly worth looking out for. Stay tuned to The Mickey Mindset for coverage of these titles as they near release date!