More news coming out ahead of next months massive celebration of everything Disney – the D23 Expo Fan Event, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center (Friday 14th -Sunday 16th July 2017), is already going to be an incredible party for Mouse House enthusiasts, with an epic panel lineup already released, the Q&A panels announced for TANGLED 2, DESCENDANTS 2 and DUCKTALES, along with also the huge Marvel Studios contribution to the party.
Well, today, we get word of a ton of content that will be on display from the core brand of Walt Disney Animation Studios, as well as the CGI annexe of the company, Pixar Animation Studios. CCO and head honcho John Lasseter will be taking to the stage for D23 Expo‘s signature Disney Studios presentation – one that has, in the past, really pulled out the stops for special guests and speakers.
Two huge upcoming films will be presented on stage – COCO, due to arrive on screens this November, and RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2, coming November 2018 – which means we could be seeing the likes of Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renee Victor, John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk and more, taking to the stage.
That, combined with appearances from MULAN‘s Ming-Na Wen, MOANA‘s Auli’i Cravalho, and Jodi Benson, THE LITTLE MERMAID‘s Ariel herself, taking part in a panel to showcase the many iconic Disney Princesses, and some of the incredible talents behind OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE, and we could be looking at a very packed day on the various stages of this most magical of Disney celebrations.
We’ll be there, and we’ll do what we can to share what we see – keep an eye on our Twitter during D23 Expo for all the highlights, live…
From the D23 Expo press release:
WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS AND PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS BRING THREE DAYS OF FILM SNEAK PEEKS, ENGAGING PRESENTATIONS, MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND IMMERSIVE SHOW FLOOR EXPERIENCES TO D23 EXPO 2017, JULY 14–16
BURBANK, Calif., June 6, 2017 – Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios are once again teaming up to bring a jam-packed weekend of announcements, presentations, displays, and giveaways to this year’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.
On the show floor, the two studios join forces for a must-see animation experience at D23 Expo. Artist demonstrations, autograph signings with top filmmakers, fan giveaways, and interactive displays featuring the latest films, includingCars 3, Coco, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2,make this booth one to visit over and over again.
The lineup of presentations begins with an Expo tradition no animation fan should miss:
FRIDAY, JULY 14th
- PIXAR AND WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS: THE UPCOMING FILMS, Hosted by John Lasseter (2:30pm – HALL D23)
Were you there in 2015 when Ellen DeGeneres and Dwayne Johnson wowed the crowds? When ZOOTOPIA’s sloth scene screened for the very first time?And when Randy Newman, Buzz Lightyear, and Woody celebrated the 20th anniversary of TOY STORY? Then you know the Animation presentation at Hall D23 is a MUST. Join host John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, as he presents PIXAR AND WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS: THE UPCOMING FILMS. Never-before-seen footage from Pixar’s upcoming feature COCO and Disney Animation’s RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2 will be unveiled, as well as surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by star voice talent.
Cell phones, cameras, and all recording devices will be checked for this presentation.
Additional animation-focused panels include:
SATURDAY, JULY 15th
- THE POWER OF THE PRINCESS (10:30am – Stage 28)
Walt Disney Animation Studios invites you to THE POWER OF THE PRINCESS, featuring Jodi Benson (Ariel), Ming-Na Wen (Mulan), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), and Auli‘i Cravalho (Moana)—the talented actresses who brought these iconic characters to life—as they share stories of making their films and the impact of their characters on people around the world. Hosted by Walt Disney Animation Studios animators Amy Smeed and Kira Lehtomaki.
- CREATING THE WORLDS IN PIXAR’S UNIVERSE (2:15pm – Stage 28)
Pixar’s films are filled with beloved characters living in relatable yet previously unimagined worlds. Join Pixar production designers and artists who have created the mountain tops, oceans, and “monstropolises” in which your favorite characters live. These artists create the setting and cultivate the mood of every scene using extensive research, incredible imagination,and each individual director’s vision, giving life to the amazing worlds in Pixar’s movies.
- OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE: A Sneak Peek at the New Frozen Short Film (2:30pm – Stage 28)
Be among the first to see both exclusive and behind-the-scenes footage from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest FROZEN holiday short film event, the highly anticipated OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE. The film, which features the talents of the original FROZEN cast, as well as brand-new songs, is directed by the Emmy-winning team Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters (PREP AND LANDING) and produced by Oscar-winning producer Roy Conli (BIG HERO 6, TANGLED).
- THE EVOLUTION OF PIXAR’S CHARACTERS (6pm – Stage 28)
From the waves in their hair to the shoes on their feet, Pixar characters are designed to be full of personality and to tell a story. Hear from the legendary Pixar artists who have created the most memorable characters in Pixar’s history. These are the visionaries who start with an initial doodle and see the evolution of a character through to final animation—the people who let technology influence the art and make the impossible, possible.
SUNDAY, JULY 16th
- BAMBI’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY (11:30am – Walt Disney Archives Stage)
Join us as we commemorate the 75th anniversary and Walt Disney Signature Collection release of BAMBI, the endearing, timeless tale of a wide-eyed fawn that has touched generations. Audiences can look forward to hearing personal stories from the voice cast, anecdotes behind the making of this film and its exquisite hand-drawn artwork, and much, much more. It’s groundbreaking animated classics like BaAMBI that were created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney and still influence many great visionaries and animators today.
Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23Expo.com.