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D23 EXPO 2017 – Frozen 2, Incredibles 2, Toy Story 4 + More Announcements! #D23

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D23 EXPO 2017 - Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Presentation Recap! #D23

July 14-16 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.

D23 EXPO 2017 - Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Presentation Recap! #D23

“Our film embraces a broad landscape of music,” said director Lee Unkrich. “We were fortunate to have Kristen and Bobby create ‘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.”

D23 EXPO 2017 - Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Presentation Recap! #D23

ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 14: Dancer Kareli Montoya (L) and actor Benjamin Bratt of COCO took part today in the Walt Disney Studios animation presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim, Calif. COCO will be released in U.S. theaters on November 22, 2017. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Kareli Montoya; Benjamin Bratt

Unkrich, co-director and screenwriter Adrian Molina and producer Darla K. Anderson shared details about the original story with the crowd. In theaters Nov. 22, 2017, COCO introduces Miguel, an aspiring musician whose family long ago banned music. Desperate to prove his talent and follow in the footsteps of his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, Miguel makes a fateful decision and finds himself in the Land of the Dead, where he meets his extended family and charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal). Together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

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.

Here is the trailer for COCO:

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


OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE (#OlafsFrozenAdventure)

D23 EXPO 2017 - Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Presentation Recap! #D23

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.            

D23 EXPO 2017 - Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Presentation Recap! #D23

ALL-NEW CHAPTER FOR “FROZEN” CHARACTERS — Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a mission in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ holiday featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” which welcomes back to the big screen Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) and Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff). Directed by Emmy®-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”), produced by Oscar® winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”), and featuring original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” opens in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature “Coco” in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017. ©2017 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Joining Bell and Gad in the featurette are Idina Menzel as the voice of Elsa, and Jonathan Groff as the voice of Kristoff.  

D23 EXPO 2017 - Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Presentation Recap! #D23

ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 14: (L-R) Actor Kristen Bell of OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios John Lasseter, and actor Josh Gad of OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE took part today in the Walt Disney Studios animation presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim, Calif. OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE will be released in U.S. theaters on November 22, 2017. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Josh Gad; Kristen Bell; John Lasseter

The 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”). 

Here is the trailer for OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE:

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


INCREDIBLES 2 (#Incredibles2)

D23 EXPO 2017 - Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Presentation Recap! #D23

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.”

D23 EXPO 2017 - Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Presentation Recap! #D23

ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 14: (L-R) Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Huck Milner, Sarah Vowell, Holly Hunter, and Craig T. Nelson and director Brad Bird of INCREDIBLES 2 took part today in the Walt Disney Studios animation presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim, Calif. INCREDIBLES 2 will be released in U.S. theaters on June 15, 2018. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Craig T. Nelson; Huck Milner; Sarah Vowell; Holly Hunter; Samuel L. Jackson; Brad Bird

“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! 

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

D23 EXPO 2017 - Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Presentation Recap! #D23

THAT’S INCREDIBLE — In “Incredibles 2,” Helen is in the spotlight, while Bob is at home with Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack, whose superpowers are still under wraps. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone team up to do what they do best. Featuring the voices of Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner and Samuel L. Jackson, Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” opens in theaters on June 15, 2018. (Concept Art) © 2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2 (#RalphBreaksTheInternet, #WreckItRalph2)

D23 EXPO 2017 - Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Presentation Recap! #D23

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.

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.

D23 EXPO 2017 - Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Presentation Recap! #D23

ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 14: (L-R) Chief Creative Officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios John Lasseter, actors Paige O’Hara (Belle/BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), Irene Bedard (POCAHONTAS), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel/TANGLED), Auli’i Cravalho (MOANA), Sarah Silverman (Vanellope von Schweetz/RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2), Kristen Bell (Anna/FROZEN), Kelly Macdonald (Merida/BRAVE), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana/THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG), Linda Larkin (Jasmine/ALADDIN), and Jodi Benson (Ariel/THE LITTLE MERMAID) of RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2 took part today in the Walt Disney Studios live action/animation presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim, Calif. RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2 will be released in U.S. theaters on November 21, 2018……….(name of talent) of (name of film) took part today in the Walt Disney Studios animation presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim, Calif. (name of film) will be released in U.S. theaters on (release date). (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Paige O’Hara; Irene Bedard; Mandy Moore; Auli’i Cravalho; Sarah Silverman; Kristen Bell; Kelly Macdonald; Anika Noni Rose; Linda Larkin; Jodi Benson; John Lasseter

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ follow-up to 2012’s WRECK IT RALPH leaves the arcade behind, venturing into the expansive universe of the internet—which may or may not survive Ralph’s not-so-light touch. Outcasts-turned-BFFs Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz are reuniting with Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer) and Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch). Filmmakers revealed a new character, Yesss, an algorithm who plays an important role in Ralph and Vanellope’s journey within the internet. Golden Globe®-winning actress Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) lends her voice to the character. “Yesss is a new character who owns the website Buzzaholic,” said Henson. “Yesss knows about everything cool and on trend. And she does spell her name with a triple ‘s.’ Yesss is very savvy, smart and sexy.”

D23 EXPO 2017 - Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Presentation Recap! #D23

WRECKING THE INTERNET — Wreck-It Ralph is heading back to the big screen—this time he’s wrecking the internet. John C. Reilly returns as the voice of the bad-guy-turned-good, Ralph, and Sarah Silverman once again lends her voice to the girl with the game-winning glitch, Vanellope von Schweetz. Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, and produced by Clark Spencer, the untitled sequel hits theaters on March 9, 2018. (Concept Art) © 2017 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

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


UNTITLED DISNEYTOON STUDIOS FILM

John Lasseter kicked off the presentation by announcing Disneytoon Studios’ original new animated movie, “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 moviegoers to the edge of discovery in the air—and beyond.

D23 EXPO 2017 - Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Presentation Recap! #D23

TAKING FLIGHT – Directed by Klay Hall and Bobs Gannaway, and produced by Ferrell Barron, Disneytoon Studios’ original new movie explores the future of aviation—taking moviegoers to the edge of discovery in the air and beyond. The untitled movie soars into theaters on April 12, 2019. (Concept Art) © 2017 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

“Untitled DTS Film” opens in theaters on April 12th, 2019!


TOY STORY 4 (#ToyStory4)

D23 EXPO 2017 - Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Presentation Recap! #D23

ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 14: Director Josh Cooley of TOY STORY 4 took part today in the Walt Disney Studios animation presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim, Calif. TOY STORY 4 will be released in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Josh Cooley

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!


FROZEN 2 (TITLE TBA)

D23 EXPO 2017 - Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Presentation Recap! #D23

ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 14: (L-R) Actor Kristen Bell of OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios John Lasseter, and actor Josh Gad of OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE took part today in the Walt Disney Studios animation presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim, Calif. OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE will be released in U.S. theaters on November 22, 2017. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Josh Gad; Kristen Bell; John Lasseter

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. 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.

FROZEN is slated for theaters on November 27th, 2019!


UNTITLED DAN SCANLON MOVIE

D23 EXPO 2017 - Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Presentation Recap! #D23

ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 14: Director Dan Scanlon (UNTITLED DAN SCANLON MOVIE) took part today in the Walt Disney Studios animation presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Dan Scanlon

Director Dan Scanlon, who helmed Pixar’s “Monsters University,” joined Lasseter to share a few details about an all-new original feature film currently in production at Pixar Animation Studios. According to 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—only elves, trolls and sprites—“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.” Kori Rae (“Monsters University”) will produce.


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. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

 

 

 

 

 

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