LOS ANGELES — The annual D23 Expo is the ultimate Disney fan event attended by tens of thousands of people from all the world.
For three days diehard Disney fans pack out the Anaheim Convention Centre in Los Angeles to see Disney presentations, exclusive, sneak peeks, concerts, get limited edition merchandise, and more.
Today at the event, filmmakers from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios announced new details about their upcoming movies and new talent.
The highlight was during the sneak peak at the new Wreck-it Ralph film, Ralph breaks the Internet, which stars the Disney princesses like you’ve never seen them before.
In an unprecedented moment to celebrate the movie, the actresses behind nine of the original Disney princesses came on stage, including Auli‘i Cravalho who plays Moana, Kristen Bell, aka Anna in “Frozen”, Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”).
“Today we are going to show you tings that no one has seen outside our studio,” said John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.
“You’re going to see some really rough animation… of movies we don’t even have the titles for yet.
“I’m so excited about our upcoming movies; they are all hilarious, emotional, beautiful and make you think
“It’s a great mix of incredibly creative and surprising new worlds and characters and stories we love returning to. Our filmmakers are putting so much heart into these films – I can’t wait for people to see them.”
Here are the new details, footage, behind-the-scenes looks and images from Disney and Pixar’s upcoming films, in the order of release.
Guests were treated to the first public performance of “Remember Me” from Pixar Animation Studios’ upcoming feature film “Coco”, performed by Anthony Gonzalez, the voice of Miguel, and Benjamin Bratt, the voice of Ernesto de la Cruz.
More than 160 performers then joined the stars on stage to perform a grand finale spectacular.
“Our film embraces a broad landscape of music,” said director Lee Unkrich. “‘Remember Me’ — it’s the signature song made famous by Ernesto de la Cruz, and it embodies the key theme in our story: the importance of remembering loved ones both in life and beyond.”
Coco will be released on November 22, 2017.
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
Kristen Bell, the voice of Anna, introduced fans to the new “Frozen” holiday featurette, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.” Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf, joined her on stage to perform a new original song “That Time of Year,” written by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson. The song is part of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new 21-minute featurette directed by the Emmy®-winning team Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton and produced by Oscar® winner Roy Conli.
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure will be released on November 22, 2017.
Celebrities from the fashion world including Heidi Klum, Kendall Jenner, Zac Posen and Rachel Zoe, shared their admiration of The Incredibles character, super-suit stylist Edna Mode to introduced the new “Incredibles 2”.
Director Brad Bird, the voice of Edna, joined Lasseter on stage with the other actors and actress behind the voices of the Incredibles characters. Bird revealed that in the new movie the family works with new allies, lives in a new house and has a brand-new villain.
“‘Incredibles 2’ is really a family film, it’s just that the family happens to have super powers,” said Bird. “They may have super speed or super strength, but they experience the same problems as any family.”
“Bob’s actually home with the kids this time and I’m the one out fighting crime,” added Hunter. She joked, “I’ve been working out 13 hours a day!”
“Incredibles 2” will be released on June 15, 2018.
Ralph breaks the internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2
This announcement sent the crowd at D23 into a meltdown.
Directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston hit the stage with actress Sarah Silverman, the voice of Vanellope von Schweetz.
Fans witnessed the global debut of a scene from the film that pays features the Disney princesses like you’ve never seen them before.
For the movie, filmmakers had asked the original voice actresses behind the princesses to reprise their roles for the sequel. All nine princesses were welcomed on stage for the largest gathering of Disney Princesses in history.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 will be released on November 21, 2018.
Yet-to-be-named outer space Disneytoon film
This new Disneytoon Studios’ original new animated movie is still in production and yet to be named and therefore was presented to fans at D23 as “Untitled DTS Film.”
Directed by Klay Hall and Bobs Gannaway, and produced by Ferrell Barron, the theatrical feature film explores the future of aviation taking the audience to the edge of discovery in the air, and beyond.
To Business Insider it looks like Top Gun meets Cars in all the best ways.
This film will be released on April 12, 2019.
Toy Story 4
Josh Cooley was announced as the director for the newest for Toy Story film. Fans got a behind-the-scenes look at a day in the director’s life at the Northern California studio where Toy Story 4 is being made, and we’re introduced to a potential new character called “Lulu”.
Toy Story 4 will be released on June 21, 2019.
Frozen 2 (Title TBA)
Frozen fans went nuts when it was announced that a sequel was in store.
All the stars will be back to reprise their roles in an all-new story. No details were released.
Fans did get to see a behind-the-scenes video showcasing the filmmakers’ recent research trip to Norway, Finland and Iceland. Picture were stunning landscapes of icebergs, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, a volcano and more.
Frozen 2 will be released on November 27, 2019.
A Dan Scanlon movie – as yet untitled
Set in suburban fantasy world featuring every magical animal and character you can think of, is an all-new original feature film currently in production at Pixar Animation Studios.
Director Dan Scanlon, who lost his father at a very young age, the film is inspired by the question he’s always asked: who was my father?
The story is set in a world with no humans and “anything that would be on the side of a van in the ’70s,” said the director.
“In the film, we’re going to tell the story of two teenage elf brothers whose father died when they were too young to remember him. But thanks to the little magic still left in the world, the boys embark on a quest that will allow them a chance to spend one last magical day with their father.”
A release date was not given.
*The author travelled to Los Angeles as a guest of Disney.
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