Disney Releases 2018 Slate Of Films

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet—which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet—the netizens—to help navigate their way, including a website entrepreneur named Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site “BuzzzTube.” Directed by Rich Moore (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph) and Phil Johnston (co-writer Wreck-It Ralph, Cedar Rapids, co-writer Zootopia), and produced by Clark Spencer (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph, Bolt), Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-Ralph 2 hits theaters on Nov. 21, 2018.

Jane (Emily Mortimer), John (Nathanael Saleh), Annabel (Pixie Davies), Ellen (Julie Walters). Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) Georgie (Joel Dawson) and Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) in Disney’s original musical MARY POPPINS RETURNS, a sequel to the 1964 MARY POPPINS which takes audiences on an entirely new adventure with the practically-perfect nanny and the Banks family.

In Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, an all-new sequel with a fresh sensibility that celebrates the spirit of the original, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train, Into the Woods) stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana) plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light-and life-to the streets of London. Mary Poppins Returns is directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Chicago). The screenplay is by David Magee (Life of Pi) and the screen story is by Magee Marshall &John DeLuca (Into the Woods) based upon The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are Marshall, DeLuca and Marc Platt (La La Land) with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer and the music is by Marc Shaiman (Hairspray) with songs by Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray). The film also stars Ben Whishaw (Spectre) as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer (Hugo) as Jane Banks; Julie Walters (Harry Potter films) as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; with Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins) as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy and introduces three new Banks’ children played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.

PL Travers first introduced the world to the no-nonsense nanny in her 1934 children’s book Mary Poppins. However, the subsequent adventures of Mary Poppins remained only on the pages of the seven other PL Travers’ books…until now. ”Mary Poppins Returns” is drawn from the wealth of material in these additional books. The film takes place in 1930s Depression-era London, 24 years after the original film was set. Michael Banks works for the same financial institution that employed his father and still lives at T7 Cherry Tree Lane with his three children, Annabel, John and Georgie and their housekeeper Ellen. Carrying on in her mother’s tradition, Jane Banks campaigns for workers’ rights and provides a helping hand to Michael’s family. When the family suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins magically re-enters their lives and with Jack’s help, brings joy and wonder back into their home.

Mary Poppins Returns will be released in US theaters on December 25, 2018.

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