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 »

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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.

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The tweet above, which you can also see here, has all the real info: today at D23 Pixar and Disney debuted a new short called Party Central. The short features characters from Monsters University, and will debut in theaters in front of Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur next year. Response to the short was very positive from audiences at the Expo, and we’ll update with stills if and when Disney releases any.

The short is directed by Kelsey Mann, story supervisor on Monsters University. The short shows what happens when no one shows up to OK’s party. They solve this problem by using door stations to steal from the bigger party of the year, which is also going on at another frat. They must steal the food, the music, the monsters and the fun, but must do so by going through another human house and in through another closet door.

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We haven’t heard much about the Disney’s plans for Avatar-Land since the company first announced their plan to bring Pandora to the Magic Kingdom back in September 2011. And it doesn’t seem like they will be revealing anything new during D23 Expo this weekend, but Disney Imagineering did offer a little tease in their pavilion on the show floor. The tease is in the form of an exhibit of all the souvenirs they brought back from their “research trip to Pandora”. Check out the photos after the jump.

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Disney’s annual fan convention D23 expo kicks off today, and while we’ll have to wait until early Saturday afternoon for Episode VII information (if they reveal anything at all), I was able to get a peek at what Disney is cooking for the future of Star Wars in Disney theme parks. The “tease” was found contained within the awesome Imagineering pavilion. What is the tease? Find out after the jump.

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