Posted on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 by Peter Sciretta
The 2013 edition of Disney’s fan convention D23 Expo has come to a conclusion. We were on the ground in Anaheim this weekend covering all the new announcements and giving you detailed descriptions and reactions to all the new footage screened. We had so much coverage over the weekend, you very well might have missed it on your days off. So we put together a complete rundown of everything we learned and saw at the Expo. Enjoy!
Walking the show floor, I talked to so many /Film readers and it seemed they wanted to talk about what they didn’t see rather than what WOWed them at the convention. The big story of the convention was that there was no new announcements for the future of Star Wars films. The D23 Expo promised a “revealing look” at the upcoming live action film projects of LucasFilm but didn’t deliver much of anything. During the presentation, Disney head Alan Horn was met to many groans and boos when he announced they didn’t have any new details to share.
I can’t even imagine how many Star Wars fans flew thousands of miles, bought D23 passes which cost in the hundreds, booked hotels (which aren’t so cheap, being next to Disneyland) and waited in that line which began the night before, in hopes of anything Star Wars. I don’t think anyone expected footage, but they could have done something — Even a release date announcement would have been something, but they didn’t even have that ready (which does seem a bit odd). The disappointment of those fans could be heard echoing throughout the rest of the weekend. But does Star Wars Episode 7‘s absence from D23 Expo raise bigger questions? Germain wrote a good editorial trying to answer this question.
Disney screened the first ever footage from Maleficent, the “untold story” of the famous Sleeping Beauty villain starring Angelina Jolie. The power of Jolie as the classic disney villain wowed the crowd — read a description of the scene here or hear our reaction to the footage here.
Marvel Studios brought Comic Con leftovers to the D23 Expo, but surprised by showing new scenes from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World. Read about the new Captain America 2 footage, or read about the new Thor 2 scene, or hear our reaction to the new footage. You can watch the presentations (sans footage, of course) here.
It may have been playing to the crowd, but Disney screened a few scenes from the upcoming Saving Mr. Banks and the crowd loved every minute of it. Read a description of the scenes screened or hear our reaction to the footage.
Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof finally opened the mystery box that “inspired” their upcoming science fiction film Tomorrowland. You can read about their presentation during the live action film panel, watch our video blog reaction to the footage, or learn everything we found out about the “1952? box from the booth and guided audio tour on the show floor.
Disney revealed new logos for their live action slate, including: Maleficent, Tomorrowland, Into The Woods, and Cinderella. See them here.
While the absence of Star Wars news was probably the biggest story to come out of D23, Germain was able to learn a couple very small Star Wars news bits at the Crash Course in the Force panel including possible details of the ‘Rebels’ storyline and the promise of a larger Star Wars presence at Disneyland in the near future.
Disney released a bunch of new images and concept art images for upcoming Disney Animation and Pixar film productions including: the Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory, the Planes sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue, the Toy Story television Special Toy Story of Terror, two original projects from Pixar: Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, Walt Disney Animation’s Marvel comic book adaptation Big Hero 6, Frozen, the Disney Toons Tinkerbell spin-off/Captain Hook prequel The Pirate Fairy, and the Mickey Mouse short film Get A Horse!