DISNEY’S D23 EXPO ~ Fans Got a Behind the Scenes Glimpse of What’s To Come From The Walt Disney Studios
Yesterday, August 20, I was one of thousands of Disney fans who got a sneak peak at the exciting projects happening at The Walt Disney Studios. Rich Ross, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, gave the fans an insider’s peak. As Ross said “When you dream BIG, the possibilities are endless.” Disney has been bring dreams alive for many years, and this year Pixar is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary!
Rich Ross, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios; Sean Bailey, president, production, The Walt Disney Studios; John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios; and Kevin Feige, producer and president, Marvel Studios, presented a look at The Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming film slate, which included DisneyToon Studios’ Planes, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, Disney•Pixar’s Brave, Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University, Untitled Pixar Film From Director Bob Peterson, Untitled Pixar Film From Director Pete Docter, John Carter, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Oz The Great and Powerful, Disney’s The Muppets, Disneynature’s Chimpanzee and Marvel’s The Avengers.
John Lasseter announced that actor Jon Cryer (TV’s “Two and a Half Men”) will be the voice the main character “Dusty” in DisneyToon Studios’ Planes. It was a pleasant surprise when Jon joined John Lasseter on stage for the announcement and to introduce the teaser trailer of the film. The clip we saw was amazing! A must see for all who loved Cars! Expected to be released Spring 2013!
Okay video game lovers every where… Wreck-It Ralph is going to be the movie for YOU! Director Rich Moore welcomed Jack McBrayer and Sarah Silverman on stage where the D23 audience got to see the first 4.5 minutes of the movie! Yes, the actual movie… not completely animated… WOW! Release date is November 2012!
I saw this trailer once before and thought immediately that I NEEDED to see this movie! This is a first for Pixar… first female heroine ~ Merida ~ coming June 22, 2012… Filmmakers Mark Andrews and Katherine Sarafian were joined by actors Kelly Macdonald and Kevin McKidd to present footage from the film. We were very lucky and got to see quite a few clips! In theaters June 22, 2012!
Dan Scanlon, director of Monsters University, began by showing the crowd a special recorded message from John Goodman & Billy Crystal…only to surprise the entire crowd with an amazing guest appearance of Billy Crystal, along with Mike Wazowski and Sulley. They gave us an inside sneak peak showing some behind-the-scenes making of the film and details of the upcoming film. Hoping to come to theaters in 2013!
Bob Petersen (director) and John Walker (producer) gave the fans never-before-released information about the untitled film. Details can’t be disclosed. Hoping to hit theaters during the Holiday season 2013!
Pete Docter (director) and Jonas Rivera (producer) gave the fans never-before-released information about their upcoming project. Details can’t be disclosed. Looking to see the big screen Summer 2014!
In celebration of Pixar’s 25th Anniversary, Buzz and Woody came on stage with a cake and enough cupcakes for the entire audience!
From comics, to novels, to the big screen…Jim Morris (producer) and Andrew Stanton (director & writer) were joined onstage by the film’s stars Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, and Willem Dafoe. They presented never-before-seen footage & details on how they filmed ~ Willem & Samantha were on stilts during the filming! This HOT movie is expected to be released March 9, 2012.
Do I have any Tim Burton fans out there? Well, get ready for an amazing black & white 3D stop motion film! Frankenweenie is currently being filmed in London. Producers Don Hahn and Allison Abbate gave fans a sneak peek at what’s to come in next year’s film (October 2012)…and Sparky joined the stage (Allison demonstrated on how these fascinating characters come to life through stop–motion animation).
Jennifer Garner graced the stage to discuss her upcoming film with the D23 audience. The movie clips were absolutely magical! A great film for parents & kids. Expected to arrive in theaters August 2012.
Who is the wizard? Where does he come from? Though they cast wasn’t able to join D23 due to filming in Detroit, they gave us a first look at the making of Oz The Great and Powerful via a taped piece from the set of the film. This movie is directed by Sam Raimi and features amazing the stars James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Zach Braff.
The Muppets have been welcomed into the Disney family with open arms. Stars Jason Segel, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy gave fans an exclusive look at never-before-seen footage from their upcoming film… though Miss Piggy was not in the best mood when she found out she wasn’t in the clips!
Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross presented the next Disneynature film, Chimpanzee. A story of an orphan finding a new home…you will fall in love with this little chimp the moment you see him! Coming to the theaters Earth Day 2012!
Coming May 2012…Marvel’s The Avengers! Marvel fans screamed when The Avengers assembled at the D23 Expo, alongside producer and president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige. D23 was fortunate to be visited by the stars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders and Chris Hemsworth…plus we got TWO sneak peaks at they upcoming film (thanks to Robert Downey Jr. who encouraged them to show the clip a second time).
About D23 Expo 2011
The D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Event for Fans and Families—brings the entire world of Disney under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center, providing guests with unprecedented access to Disney films, television and theme parks.
The name “D23” pays homage to the wonder and excitement that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official community for fans in Disney’s 88-year history. D23 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 www.Disney.com/D23 ; a collectibles line, The Walt Disney Archives Collection; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year, highlighted by the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, August 19-21, 2011.
Fans can join D23 at www.Disney.com/D23 , select shops at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort and www.DisneyStore.com/D23 . To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow us “DisneyD23” on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.
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