D23: What We Learned, Part Four: Everything Else

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Okay, so this is the catch-all, kids.  What doesn’t fall into the movies or theme parks comes here, to this humble final installment.  This will be presented in the order in which I care:

Yesssssss.

Yesssssss.

  • This was it for me.  I’ve always liked the idea of Kingdom Hearts more than the Gameplay, but if you toss Rapunzel and Baymax in, I’m buying.
  • Baymax appeared all in black, with the idea being that this was the original Baymax who sacrificed himself to save Hiro in the film.
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Rey and Finn. Finn is holding a blaster, not a lightsaber. Hmmmmm.

Disney Infinity 3.0

  • Confirmed new characters: Peter Pan, Spot (but not Arlo- The Good Dinosaur) Finn and Rey (The Force Awakens) Judy and Nick (Zootopia) and Hulkbuster and Ultron (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Confirmed new playsets: Marvel Battleground and The Force Awakens
  • Four player will be enabled for the Marvel playset
  • Disney MagicBands will unlock the famous Partners statue from the Magic Kingdom.

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Magic Kingdoms

  • Mobile app that lets you build your own theme park
  • Will have plot elements- Maleficent and company decide to wreck your theme park, because that’s what they do now.

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Star Wars Battlepods/ Battlefront

  • These were showcased as an immersive video game experience.
  • These are already out in the wild, incidentally.  I’ve seen one in person in Ocean City.
  • They’re a little claustrophobic, and one player called them “like a movie I sort of interacted with.”
  • There’s going to be a Darth Vader skinned PS4 released with Star Wars: Battlefront

John Lasseter Studio Collection

  • Lasster’s ridiculous Hawaiian shirt collection was on display, and they’re actually pretty neat to look at.

 

 

 

D23: What We Learned, Part Two: Live Action Movies!

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If we’re being honest, it’s still Monday while I’m writing Tuesday’s post.  Further to be honest, the live-action presentation gave tiny little morsels of information, but a lot of scraps.  Same deal as yesterday.  Going by release date, some pictures, some run-down.  Let’s move.

Disney's 2015-2017 release slate.  Golly, they seem busy.

Disney’s 2015-2017 release slate. Golly, they seem busy.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (December 15, 2015)

All hail Drew Struzan.

All hail Drew Struzan.

  • Honestly, the biggest reveal here was the gorgeous Drew Struzan poster.
  • John Boyega’s Finn will wield a lightsaber (I thought/ hoped it would be Daisy Ridley’s Rey)
  • Most of the big Star Wars news will show up later.
  • Honestly, the Fall Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly had more information.

Finest Hours (January 29, 2016)

  • This is the “you don’t even go here” presentation.
  • Finest Hours is the only non-franchise release here, and it’s a man vs. nature story with Chris Pine.
  • I can’t make it clearer how little I care about this movie.
  • The January release date shows Disney doesn’t really care about it, either.
Very, very pretty and evocative.  Outside of the Marvel Photoshopped messes, their poster game is on point.

Very, very pretty and evocative. Outside of the Marvel Photoshopped messes, their poster game is on point.

The Jungle Book (April 15, 2016)

  • The voice cast for this film is stunning.  Bill Murray is Baloo, Scarlett Johanssen is Kaa, Idris Elba is Shere Khan, Christopher Walken is King Louie, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha the wolf, and Ben Kingsley is Bagheera…did they let the internet cast this movie?
  • Jon Favreau is directing
  • The trailer was INCREDIBLY well-received.
  • Ben Kingsley dropped this incredible line: “I worked with a child and I played an animal and I would say, anytime. You have my number.”
  • This might be the surprise gem of the group.  A lot of people rolled their eyes (me included) when this was announced.

 

A really nifty graphic of D23 thanking the fans for Marvel Phase 2's completion.

A really nifty graphic of D23 thanking the fans for Marvel Phase 2’s completion.

Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2015)

  • We got some footage, but nothing substantial, outside of the introduction of Expendable Marvel villain #285 Crossbones.
  • There’s an extension of the Ant-Man stinger that’s absolutely heartbreaking, with Cap trying to get Bucky to remember him.
  • We get to see Ant-Man meet the rest of the team, with predictable charming Paul Rudd result.
  • The main conflict is set up (and was set up in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot in Ant-Man) of heroes needing to be regulated and controlled.  Ant-Man had a newspaper with “Who’s to blame for Sokovia?” as a headline.
  • Disney is really, really, really good at keeping pirates out.  Jesus.  I can’t find this footage anywhere
  • Beware- there are a lot of fake trailers online.
  • Entertainment weekly has the best rundown of all of this footage

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Alice Through the Looking Glass (May 27, 2016)

  • Everyone’s back, and Sacha Baron Cohen is joining the cast as Time, who might be a villain.
  • Alice has to go back in time to save Mad Hatter…from…going darker…I guess?
  • From the picture gallery, this presentation looked hilariously lazy.  Most of the art consisted of promotional art from the previous film.  This had to have started filming for a May release, right
  • Right?
  • The posters at least equally show Alice and Hatter this time, though I’m sure that will change by the time full promotional materials are out.
  • James Bobin is directing, not Tim Burton.

The BFG (July 1, 2016)

  • Why do we know next to nothing about a movie that is being directed by Steven Spielberg?!  With the screenwriter of E.T.?
  • Again, this puppy must have started filming by now
  • Is it because it’s a dual financing project with Dreamworks?
  • The IMDB page knows more about this movie than this presentation did.  Effffff.
  • If you Google Image search, you can find really bad blurry images of a banner, and that’s about it.
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The cast. No one in the credits is named Elliott. So is Karl Urban the dragon?

Pete’s Dragon

  • So, this movie is happening.
  • The plot seems to diverge strongly from the original, with Pete being a child who lives in the forest instead of a small town, protected by a dragon that we obviously never see.
  • Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford are playing Grace and her father, respectively, who I assume are an update of Nora and the drunken lighthouse keeper Lampie.
  • The trailer footage ends with a child’s hand petting something big and furry.  You know.  Big furry dragons.

 

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Doctor Strange (November 4, 2016)

  • Some casting news: Tilda Swinton is playing the Ancient One, while Chiwetel Ejiofor is Mordo.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch turned up in a pre-recorded presentation to make the following promise in regard to the film: “Girls, cars, explosions, astral projection into multiple realms. The usual.”
  • No footage was revealed, because there isn’t any yet (Strange doesn’t shoot til November of this year.)
  • The origin story remains intact: “a wounded surgeon seeking alternate ways to heal his destroyed hands finds his way to a mystical Eastern sanctuary that leads him to an order that holds the keys to another dimension.” (Entertainment Weekly)

 

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You win. I’m excited about this.

Star Wars: Rogue One (December 16, 2016)

  • Star Wars: Rogue One is a midquel featuring The Theory of Everything’s Felicity Jones as the leader of a Rebel squadron attempting to steal plans for the Original Death Star, setting up the events of A New Hope.
  • Midquel means it’s the Lion King 1 1/2 of the galaxy.
  • FEMALE PROTAGONIST.
  • The movie started shooting in early August, gifting us with the above full-cast photo
  • Though Jones is the only woman of the announced cast, it’s not a cast full of scruffy, rugged white guys!  Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, and Riz Ahmed, and surprise Hannibal alum Mads Mikkelsen (because I guess he’s not busy nowadays.)  Alan Tudyk tags along as a motion capture character.

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Beauty and the Beast (March 17, 2017)

  • We’re getting two new songs from Alan Menken and Tim Rice (the team behind Aladdin.)
  • It’s definitely a musical
  • They’re still filming, so no cast members appeared.
  • I want this movie to be good really really badly, since this was my favorite movie growing up.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Star Wars Episode VIII:

  • Hey, these extensions of franchises you love?  Not even mentioned.  Womp womp.
  • Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow’s third movie ever is going to be Star Wars Episode IX. Movin’ on up.

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Pirates of the Caribbean V: Dead Men Tell No Tales (July 7, 2017)

  • Orlando Bloom is coming back as Will Turner, because he’s out of Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies.
  • Geoffrey Rush is returning as friend/rival/apple enthusiast Hector Barbossa, also known as the only really good villain in the franchise.
  • Javier Bardem is joining as Captain Salazar.  Maybe, just maybe, we’ll get a good strong villain in this one?
  • No word on Keira Knightley returning- maybe this takes place before the stinger at the end of At World’s End in the ten years at sea?
  • Johnny Depp trotted out in full Jack Sparrow costume, because he lives in it anyway.

 

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Queen of Katwe (no idea, and IMDB doesn’t know either)

  • We got a full presentation on this, despite the fact that there is no release date.
  • Probably because Lupita Nyong’o was already there for Star Wars and Jungle Book.
  • This is the story of a real-life Ugandan chess prodigy named Phiona Mutesi.  Nyong’o plays her mother, while Selma’s David Oyelowo plays her coach.
  • Phiona herself seems to be uncast, which makes this look pretty unlikely for a 2016 release, unless we get very close to the end of the year.

 

Thus mercifully concludes today’s coverage, in which you learn almost nothing about anything, but promised you’d cover it.  Jungle Book does look pretty rad, though.


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