Saturday 15 July 2017

The D23 Disney Animation Panel: What We Learned

Every two year, Disney holds the D23 expo, a big event where they announce upcoming projects. And the 2017 D23 is happening right now. Here is what we learned from the Animation Panel today:

The panel started with a new film from DisneyToon Studios. While it's still untitled, it appears to be a spin-off from the Cars/Planes universe. The footage shown at the panel features two high-tech jets flying into space. Disney shared a picture from the film (see below). The film is directed by Klay Hall and Bobs Gannaway and will be released on 12 April, 2019.

Then things moved on to Frozen. More specifically, the Frozen Holiday Special arriving this year and titled Olaf's Frozen Adventure. Josh Gad (Olaf) took the stage to sing one of the new songs (apparently called 'That Time of Year').
There was little news about Frozen 2: the only thing that we learned is that it won't be titled Frozen 2.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It-Ralph 2 was next. A new character was introduced: Yesss is an algorithm working at a website called Buzzaholic. She'll be voiced by Taraji P. Henson.
Apparently the film, directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, will have a lot of self-referential jokes: they showed a clip where Vanellope meets all the Disney Princesses (who have speaking lines and will be played by their original voices).

The Incredibles 2 was introduced with the following video.
It was revealed earlier that the movie would begin just when the first one ended, with a big set-piece where the Parr family fights the Underminer.
The original voice cast will be back, expect for Spencer Fox who will be replaced by Huck Milner as Dash.
A clip was shown. In it, Bob discovers that Jack-Jack has super-powers when his son attacks a raccoon.

The only news about Toy Story 4 is that Josh Cooley (co-writer on Inside Out) is now the sole director on the film; not co-director with John Lasseter like it was previously announced.

Then, The Untitled Pixar Film That Takes You Into A Suburban Fantasy World was revealed. It will be directed by Dan Scanlon (the underrated Monsters University) and is set in a universe where there's no human; only elves, trolls, unicorns (who are considered as pests in this world) etc…
The untitled Pixar film will follow two brothers in the search of their father - this story was inspired to Scanlon by his own father, who he lost when he was only one-year old.
And here is a concept art:

Coco was next. The Lee Unkrich film mostly revealed itself through clips, but we also learned that Frozen's Robert Lopze and Kristen Anderson-Lopez have written a song for it: 'Remember Me'. Also, Michael Giacchino announced on twitter that he was part of the project as well.

And here is a picture of Hector (left, voiced by Gael Garcìa Bernal) and Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez).

And that was it for the animation panel!

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