D23: What We Learned, Part One: The Animated Movies

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This weekend, D23 took over Anaheim.  The premiere convention for Disney freaks, Disney has been utilizing this convention over other venues such as San Diego to announce new projects and update us on the ones still in the pipeline.  This is almost all we’re doing this week, folks Let’s get started.  I’m going to try to work by release date here.

You came here for dinosaurs.

You came here for dinosaurs.

The Good Dinosaur (November 16, 2015)

  • The Good Dinosaur had a long haul to release, and was supposed to be released before Inside Out.
  • Pretty much all voice actors were recast.
  • Arlo, the titular dino, will be swept down river from his home, and he and feral human child Spot must find their way home.
  • Arlo has become much younger than the originial drafts, creating a “boy and his dog” feeling between the dinosaur and Spot.
  • Has been described as a “Road Trip movie”
  • Nature is as much a character in this movie as anyone, and the contrast between the cartoonish characters and the frankly gorgeous landscapes will be integral to conveying that.
Travel posters for the districts in Zootopia.

Travel posters for the districts in Zootopia.

Zootopia (March 2016)

  • We found out a little more about the plot of this movie.  It seems Jason Bateman’s fox, Nick Wilde (the most on-the-nose last name ever for an animal movie) has been framed for a crime, police officer and bunny Judy Hopps (okay, maybe that’s the most on-the-nose last name ever) is after him, and then something happens and they’re best friends.
  • The setting sounds super interesting- Zootopia is a city divided into districts based on climate for animals to live comfortably.
  • This film is very much a comedy, more than most of the films on this list.
  • Shakira will be performing a song (as a pop star/ Gazelle)
D23 EXPO 2015 - D23 EXPO, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. Taking place August 14-16, this year marks the fourth D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center and promises to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. (Disney/Image Group LA) LINDSEY COLLINS, ANGUS MACLANE, ANDREW STANTON, ED O'NEILL, TY BURRELL, KAITLIN OLSON, ELLEN DEGENERES


LINDSEY COLLINS, ANGUS MACLANE, ANDREW STANTON, ED O’NEILL, TY BURRELL, KAITLIN OLSON, ELLEN DEGENERES

Finding Dory (June 17, 2016)

  • This movie was pushed back from this year when Good Dinosaur was pushed back, but without the troubled production
  • This movie seeks to answer the question: where is Dory’s family?  Why was she alone when she met Marlin and Nemo?
  • Lots of new characters are being introduced: Ed O’Neill as a grumpy octopus, Ty Burrell as a hypochodriac beluga(?) whale, and Kaitlyn Olson as a well-meaning whale shark (seen above with the new voice cast members.)

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Moana (November 2016)

  • Dwayne Johnson announced his involvement back in the springtime via Instagram, but his character has been confirmed as Maui, a legendary demi-god who teams up with the title character on her voyage
  • Moana will be the daughter of navigators and chiefs, and is going to set out to look for a legendary island.
  • Moana will officially be a member of the Disney Princess line (probably in 2017-2018, as Elsa and Anna still haven’t been officially added)
  • Moana will be a musical, with Tony-winning Lin Manuel Miranda
  • Moana is pronounced Mo-WAN-a.
  • You can watch a video of the performance below

 

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Toy Story 4 (June 16, 2017)

  • Toy Story 4 will be a romantic comedy between Woody and Bo Peep.  I do not have words for how happy this makes me.
  • Rashida Jones and Will McCormick of Celeste and Jesse Forever will be writing, because John Lasseter wanted a strong female voice
  • We know VERY little else, including whether Woody and Bo have been reunited after the Events of Toy Story 3, or whether this takes place before the toys left Andy.  The news sources I have seen implu the former, while the poster’s iconic wallpaper seems to imply the latter, which looks to me like we’re all going on a feels trip and I will be broken for an entire summer.

 

D23 EXPO 2015 - D23 EXPO, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. Taking place August 14-16, this year marks the fourth D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center and promises to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. (Disney/Image Group LA) DOROTHY MCKIM, NATHAN GRENO

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Gigantic (2018)

  • It’s Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack is a grown man, and the giant who catches him is 11-year old Imma
  • Kristen Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez will be writing the music for this movie, and performed a song called “My Little Man.”
  • Disney is freakishly good at not letting any of these things get pirated.  My God.  I tried to find this video for you, I really did.

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Coco (2018)

  • This is Pixar’s Dia de los Muertos movie.
  • the main character will be a little boy named Miguel who unravels a generations-old mystery.  So, like, if ParaNorman and Book of Life had a baby that actually made some money.
  • I learned Disney owns Grim Fandango today, and I’m really just mad this isn’t a Grim Fandango movie.

Tune in the rest of this week to see what we learned about Live-Action films and Disney Theme Parks!