THE GOOD DINOSAUR
Yesterday at the D23 Expo, Disney held a huge panel presenting information and footage from the company’s next few years of animated film projects. You can read about most of the news breaks elsewhere on the site. After the presentation, I got together with Germain Lussier to record a video blog giving our reactions to the main footage presentations: Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6, Pixar’s Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur. Watch that video blog embedded after the jump.

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BIG HERO 6

The first Marvel/Disney animated feature film is coming in 2014. It’s called Big Hero 6, directed by Don Hall, and tells the story of a 14-year-old genius name Hiro who lives in a city that’s blend of San Francisco and Tokyo: San Fransokyo. When one of his new technologies, Microbots, is stolen by a super villain, Hiro decides to build a team of superheroes to stop them. This team, however, will utilize the skills of regular people in his life: his barista, a bike messenger, a sushi chef and a comic book nerd.

Big Hero 6 hits theaters November 7, 2014 but Hall showed up at the D23 Expo 2013 to premiere some new images, footage and more from the first ever Marvel Disney feature collaboration. Read More »

PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE

With Planes hitting theaters nationwide today, Disney decided to give D23 fans a first look at the announced sequel, Planes: Fire & Rescue. They finally announced that Secret of the Wings and Stitch! The Movie helmer Bobs Gannaway is directing the sequel. Find out details about the movie after the jump.

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The first new project announcement from Walt Disney Animation Studios to be announced at D23 this weekend is Zootopia, an animated feature set in an animal world. More specifically, it is a “buddy action comedy set in a world where humans never existed.”

The film will be released in 2016, and you can get many more details below. Read More »

THE PIRATE FAIRY

Briefly: An interesting announcement out of D23 involves a new DisneyToon Studios animated film, The Pirate Fairy. The musical animated film is a Tinkerbell spinoff, described as “Hook before the hook.” It features Tom Hiddleston as James, a cabin boy who ends up becoming Captain Hook. Christina Hendricks plays the main character Zarina (above), a “red-haired bad-ass fairy who falls for Hiddleston’s character” according to Peter and Germain, who are in the hall at D23.

Peggy Holmes directs. At this point we don’t know if it will be released to theaters, or just disc. (Given what John Lasseter said yesterday about the evolution of DisneyToon Studios, theatrical seems likely.) More info from Disney is below.  Read More »

Finding Dory Logo

We know more about Andrew Stanton‘s Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo, than we did about the other Pixar projects on display at D23 today. And yet there’s more to learn, and the presentation of the film today featured some big cast announcements.  Read More »

INSIDE OUT

Today at D23 John Lasseter called Up director Pete Docter‘s new film Inside Out “one of the most unique films I’ve ever been associated with – a magical, wonderful, original film.”

The concept is one, they said, that can only be done in animation. We’re inside Riley, age 11. She’s a happy, adventurous kid from Minnesota who loves hockey. But her family movies to San Francisco and everything changes. The characters are her emotions. Anger, pictured as red with a flattop, is voiced by Lewis BlackMindy Kaling is Disgust, teen and green. Bill Hader is fear, purple and puzzled, in a black and white checkered shirt. Phyllis Smith is Sadness, blue and wearing glasses.

And the most important character is Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler, in a yellow dress, with short blue hair. We have more story info below. Read More »

THE GOOD DINOSAUR

Today Disney and Pixar are announcing details for the film The Good Dinosaur, from which we’ve previously seen only concept art. Footage was shown today, which Peter described as “very beautiful, not very cartoony, almost like a segment from Fantasia.” The story is described as the biggest “what if?” ever — what if the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs missed Earth entirely?

The primary cast was also announced. The primary characters are a family of farming Apatosaurs, with John Lithgow as the father, Frances McDormand as the mother, Bill Hader and Neil Patrick Harris as brothers Forrest and Cliff, Judy Greer as Ivy, and Lucas Neff voicing the lead character Arlo.

We have many more details below. Read More »

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