Yesterday I got to head inside of the D23 Expo, and boy was it amazing. If you are not familiar with D23, it is the ultimate Disney Fan experience! You get a behind the scene look into Disney music, pixar creation, authentic costumes such as the Jack Sparrow costume from Pirates of the Caribbean, and a look into upcoming movies! Of course there is much more, such as the giant Perry bus, from Phineas and Ferb! I attended the biggest event of the weekend (in my opinion), with some of Disney’s biggest heroes:
“Rich Ross, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios; Sean Bailey, president, production, The Walt Disney Studios; John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios; and Kevin Feige, producer and president, Marvel Studios, presented a look at The Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming film slate.” John Lassiter spoke throughout the event, and I have to say that he seems like such a funny down to earth guy! He came wearing a Hawaiian shirt with sport coat (the sport coat was his wife’s idea – lol). I would have some of my own pictures, but we had to check all cameras and phones.
The was such a fun experience because the arena was large and I had a floor seat, not too far from the front. There were so many movie stars that came and helped introduce some of the amazing films that are taking part in. I am so excited about some of the upcoming projects that Pixar and Disney are working on. I got to see some never before seen footage into some of the following movies. It’s so tough to say which ones I’m most excited for, but the movie spin off of Cars, titled Planes, looks so cute! By far the most exciting for me will have to be Brave. It is the first Pixar movie featuring a female role! It takes place in Scotland (my heritage) and just plain looks amazing. I got to watch a clip of the movie, but have to keep it secret! Shh! Stay tuned for the release of these awesome movies. By the way – the sound in the arena was incredible.
DisneyToon Studios’ Planes
It was announced that actor Jon Cryer (TV’s “Two and a Half Men”) will voice the main character in DisneyToon Studios’ Planes. Jon joined John Lasseter on stage for the announcement and to introduce the teaser trailer of the film.
Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph
Director Rich Moore welcomed Jack McBrayer and Sarah Silverman on stage where the D23 audience was the first to see the opening sequence from the movie.
Filmmakers Mark Andrews and Katherine Sarafian were joined by actors Kelly Macdonald and Kevin McKidd to present footage from the film.
Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University
In a special surprise appearance, Billy Crystal, flanked by Mike Wazowski and Sulley, joined director Dan Scanlon to discuss the film and show some behind-the-scenes making of the film.
Untitled Pixar Film From Director Bob Peterson
Joining Bob Petersen was producer John Walker to give fans never-before-released information about the untitled film. Please find the official logline in the attached materials.
Untitled Pixar Film From Director Pete Docter
Alongside Pete Docter was producer Jonas Rivera to provide never-before-released information about their upcoming project. Please find the official logline in the attached materials.
Producer Jim Morris and director Andrew Stanton were accompanied by the film’s stars Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, and Willem Dafoe to present never-before-seen footage, introducing fans to the film’s epic characters.
Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie
Producers Don Hahn and Allison Abbate gave fans a sneak peek at what’s to come in next year’s film, including a demonstration on how these fascinating characters come to life through stop-motion animation.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The film’s star Jennifer Garner was on hand to talk about the inspiring, magical film and her experience making the movie.
Oz The Great and Powerful
Unable to join in person as they’re currently filming in Detroit, the film’s director Sam Raimi and stars James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Zach Braff provided fans with a first look at the making of Oz The Great and Powerful via a taped piece from the set of the film.
Disney’s The Muppets
Stars Jason Segel, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy gave fans an exclusive look at never-before-seen footage from their upcoming film.
Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross presented the next Disneynature film, Chimpanzee.
Marvel’s The Avengers
The Avengers assembled at the D23 Expo, alongside producer and president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige. Stars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders and Chris Hemsworth made an appearance to present their upcoming film.
Also, as part of the festivities, Buzz and Woody were onboard to help celebrate Pixar’s 25th Anniversary – with enough cupcakes for the entire audience!
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