The Walt Disney Company held a lavish reception in Hollywood this week to announce its future slate and there were many surprises unveiled…

Amongst the films we knew about that were being shown off were High School Musical 3, Hannah Montana, The Princess And The Frog, Bolt and Pixar’s Up.

More surprising was the announcement of a new version of The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp as Tonto. Depp is going to be very busy with the company who also announced he will be starring as The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland (which will be in 3D) as well as returning as Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean 4.

In animation, Cars 2 has been moved forward to 2011 and the year before will see the return of Woody The Cowboy in the 3D Toy Story 3.

Add to this Tron 2 and,er, G-Force, a tale of talking gerbils and you have a very busy time in the house of the mouse.