D23 EXPO 2017 – Pixar and Walt Disney Highlights #PixarCoco #Incredibles2 #WreckItRalph2 #ToyStory4

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Last week at the D23 EXPO in Anaheim, CA, numerous filmmakers from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios convened at D23 Expo 2017, revealing new details about their upcoming movie slates and introducing key voice talent, including Benjamin Bratt, Anthony Gonzalez, Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson, Huck Milner and Sarah Silverman.

And in an unforgettable moment, Auli‘i Cravalho (voice of “Moana”), Kristen Bell (voice of “Anna”), Kelly MacDonald (voice of “Merida”), Mandy Moore (voice of “Rapunzel”), Anika Noni Rose (voice of “Tiana”), Irene Bedard (voice of “Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (voice of “Jasmine”), Paige O’Hara (voice of “Belle”) and Jodi Benson (voice of “Ariel”) came together on stage in a celebration fit for a princess.

John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, teamed up with the stars and filmmakers from both studios to present new details, footage, behind-the-scenes looks and images from a host of upcoming films. “I’m so excited about our upcoming movies; they are all hilarious, emotional, beautiful and make you think,” said Lasseter, who serves as executive producer on all animated titles. “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.”

COCO (#PixarCoco)
Guests were treated to the first-ever public performance of “Remember Me” from Pixar Animation Studios’ upcoming feature film COCO. Anthony Gonzalez, who provides the voice of Miguel in the film, and Benjamin Bratt, who lends his voice to Ernesto de la Cruz, teamed up to perform the song written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Capping the animation presentation, the grand finale featured more than 160 performers who descended upon Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center, including the Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea and Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles under the direction of Kareli Montoya, and the Grammy®-winning Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band.

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COCO features an original score from Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino (“Up,” “Rogue One”) and additional songs co-written by Germaine Franco (“Dope,” “Shovel Buddies”) and Molina. Also part of the team is musical consultant Camilo Lara of the music project Mexican Institute of Sound.

Disney•Pixar’s COCO opens in theatres everywhere on November 22nd!

OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE (#OlafsFrozenAdventure)
Kristen Bell, the voice of Anna, introduced fans to the new FROZEN holiday featurette, OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE. Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf, surprised the crowd with a live performance of the all-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, which hits the big-screen in front of Disney•Pixar’s COCO on Nov. 22, 2017.

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he featurette is directed by the Emmy®-winning team Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”) and produced by Oscar® winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”).

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE open in theatres everywhere in front of COCO on November 22nd!

INCREDIBLES 2 (#Incredibles2)
John Lasseter, who’s looked forward to the return of everyone’s favorite family of superheroes since THE INCREDIBLES was still in production, was excited to share with fans a look at what the fashion world thinks of super-suit stylist Edna Mode—the petite-but-powerful character introduced in Pixar Animation Studio’s 2004 Oscar®-winning feature. Showcasing fashion phenoms from Heidi Klum and Kendall Jenner to Zac Posen and Rachel Zoe, the video can be viewed here:

INCREDIBLES 2 director Brad Bird—who lends his voice to Edna—joined Lasseter on stage to welcome to the festivities the voices of Mr. and Mrs. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter), Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (newcomer Huck Milner) and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson). Bird revealed details of the upcoming caper, which puts the family into an expanded universe that includes new allies and 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.”

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Disney•Pixar’s INCREDIBLES 2 hits theaters everywhere on June 15th, 2018!

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2 (#RalphBreaksTheInternet, #WreckItRalph2)
Directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston hit the stage at D23 Expo 2017, introducing Emmy®-winning actress and comedian Sarah Silverman, who returns as the voice of Vanellope von Schweetz.

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Fans were the first to see the global debut of a scene from the film that pays hilarious homage to the Disney Princesses. Lasseter revealed that filmmakers had asked the original voice actresses behind the Princesses featured to reprise their roles for the sequence, and in a moment no Disney fan will forget, Auli‘i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), 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”) were welcomed on stage for the largest gathering of Disney Princesses in history.

Produced by Oscar® winner Clark Spencer, RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2 hits theaters on Nov. 21st, 2018!

TOY STORY 4 (#ToyStory4)
John Lasseter invited Pixar’s Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?” short) to the stage, revealing that Cooley has assumed full director responsibilities for TOY STORY 4. The pair brought with them a behind-the-scenes look at a day in the director’s life at the Northern California studio. Produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out”), TOY STORY 4 is slated for release on June 21st, 2019!

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FROZEN 2 (TITLE TBA)
Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, and produced by Peter Del Vecho, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ feature-length follow-up to 2013’s Oscar®-winning film FROZEN is slated for theaters on November 27th, 2019! Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff are reprising their roles in an all-new story. John Lasseter, Bell and Gad shared with FROZEN fans a behind-the-scenes video showcasing the filmmakers’ recent research trip to Norway, Finland and Iceland.

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Sounds like D23 Expo was packed with all kinds of fun goodies for movie fans. I’m not sure which of the above I am looking forward to more. I know my family is really excited for Pixar’s Incredibles 2, but the kid in me seriously giddy over the thought of Toy Story 4.

This post is the second of two on 2017 D23 Expo, you can read the first here.

About D23 Expo 2017

D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which will take place July 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 Expo 2017 news, visit D23expo.com. Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 Expo conversation, be sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23Expo.

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23.

 

Comments

  1. robin rue says:

    That sounds like an awesome event! It sounds like Disney has lots of great stuff planned – not that I am surprised 🙂

  2. candy says:

    How fortunate you are to live close enough to attend something like this. Really gives you more idea how everything comes together. Looks like you had a wonderful time at this event.

  3. I’m so excited for all of these movies! We love The Incredibles, so that is one I’m really looking forward to. It’s been so long since the first.

  4. That is really cool that you got to go to this! What an experience that had to be. I’m excited to see all these new movies that are going to come out. It looks like my son and I will be going to the movies a lot in the future.

  5. This looks like a fantastic lineup. I have always enjoyed watching the pixar movies with my daughter, they are so fun!

  6. Everything that Disney touches is amazing!

  7. I am so excited to know more about Coco it sounds like it would be fun to watch, plus Frozen 2 – you just know it is going to be so loved!

  8. Liz
    Twitter: yesnofilms
    says:

    Yay for another Toy Story and Frozen movies! I love the Toy Story series, especially.

  9. I remember hearing all the announcements as they came out! It sounded so exciting! I can’t wait to see ALL of these. Especially Frozen 2!

  10. I would have love to attend this convention. I’m a little jealous of your trip, but I always love seen previews for new movies.

  11. There’s so much Disney fantasticness that I’m looking forward to! Coco looks adorable, definitely taking my kids when its released!

  12. Wow, sounds like an awesome time. So much great Disney stuff is on the horizon! I bet lots of kids are looking forward to Frozen 2.

  13. With the exception of Coco, I’ve seen the movies related to the other new titles and enjoyed them. I have often felt surprised that more people don’t remember The Incredibles, it was such a fun movie.

  14. Wow this is such a cool event!!! I am so excited to hear that they are doing another Frozen, my son is going to be so excited! How cool that you get to go!!!

  15. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says:

    Pixar movies are so cute. They are animated so well, and it makes the characters feel real. Can’t wait to watch some of these movies!

  16. Wow, I have goosebumps thinking about all these great Disney and Pixar shows coming out. My kids love Incredibles, Wreck It Ralph and the Toystory. Thanks so much for sharing your fun trip to the D23 Expo!

  17. Our Family World says:

    The D23 Expo sure was a great experience for those who were able to attend! I am excited to see the upcoming Disney movies. I am positive my kids would be asking when their favorites will be shown in the theaters!

  18. Nice movie line up here! Pixar movies are always good and entertaining. Looking forward to checking them out.

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