At D23 Expo 2015, I had the amazing opportunity to sit in on the Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios panel that was hosted by the CCO of the studios, John Lasseter! We got some sneak peaks into the upcoming slate of films from both Pixar and Disney! And it’s exciting!
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D23 Expo 2015: Which Animated Film Will Become a New Classic?
So what’s on the slate for the next few years? Check out this list!
From Walt Disney Animation Studios:
- The Good Dinosaur
- Finding Dory
- Toy Story 4
I was just a bit excited to learn more about each of the films! And let me tell you that they all look amazing!
Zootopia hits theaters on March 4, 2016 and is all about the world of animals! The movie follows the story of a bunny named Judy Hopps who believes that she can be anything she wants to be! And she gets the chance to prove it!
The exciting announcement at D23 Expo 2015 was that world-famous pop star, Shakira, will be voicing the character named Gazelle. And we heard a teaser of the all-new original song, “Try Everything.”
The newest addition to the collection of Disney fairytales that we all know and love is Gigantic, which is a take on the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk.
It’s set in Spain during the Age of Exploration. Jack is always on the hunt for an adventure and he discovers a world of giants in the clouds. Along the way he meets a 60-foot-tall girl named Inma and makes a new friend! At D23 Expo 2015 the songwriting duo of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Frozen) took the stage to perform one of the original songs from the film!
Moana follows a teenage girl who sets sail on a daring mission to finish a quest that was started by her ancestors. She meets the demi-god Maui and they embark on the action-filled journey together!
The big surprise at D23 Expo 2015 was an appearance by Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock and the voice of Maui. He spoke about his excitement over becoming part of the Disney family and about being able to represent his heritage as part of the film.
The Good Dinosaur
This is one that you’ve probably heard about and trust me, it’s one that you need to see! After they showed us the new Inside Out short Riley’s First Date (you have to see it!) the producer and director of The Good Dinosaur shared a bit about all of the dinosaur species in the movie as well as the dynamic between the main characters of Arlo and Spot. Get your tissues ready!
The Good Dinosaur will hit theaters November 25, 2015!
And one of the most anticipated films from Pixar was officially announced. Yes, the Finding Nemo sequel is on its way! Finding Dory opens June 17, 2016.
It’s got an amazing cast including Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, and Kaitlin Olson. Oh, and of course Ellen DeGeneres! She made a surprise appearance and was everything you would expect from Ellen!
One casting change is a new voice for our friend Nemo as the original voice is all grown up now!
Toy Story 4
Yes, it’s true. There will be a Toy Story 4 and it will be directed by John Lasseter! That means it’s going to be amazing!
Lasseter let us know that the movie will be more of a love story. The lucky couple? Woody and Bo Peep! Randy Newman will be working on the music once again and he even showed up to sing that classic, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”
And that’s what you can expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar over the next few years. Nothing special, right? More like AMAZING! Which film do you think will become a new classic?
Oh, and check out the recap to get a taste of the excitement I got to be a part of!