Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios went big for their presentation at the D23 Expo on Friday. Among the films featured, it was a trio of sequels that had everyone buzzing with excitement.
The Incredibles 2, Frozen 2, and Wreck It Ralph 2 won’t be in theaters for another year or two but there was no doubt fans are ready for them.
Anticipation is also high for Toy Story 4, which Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter will not direct. Instead, he’s taking the role of mentor for director Josh Cooley, a member of the Inside Out team. Toy Story 4 is out June 21, 2019.
The Incredibles 2 brings back the same family of heroes from the first and will pit them against a new villain but also give them a few new superhero friends. Writer and director Brad Bird, gave the audience a peak at some animation tests to show how much the improved technology of today versus 2004 has allowed them to make the film as they’ve always envisioned it. Only a few plot details were given, including that Holly Hunter’s Elastigirl will be at the center of the plot while husband Bob (Craig T. Nelson) is home with the kids. He’ll have his hands full with Jack Jack who, in a wonderful scene, showed a range of powers while scaring away a raccoon. The Incredibles 2 is due out June 15, 2018.
There wasn’t much to talk about for Frozen 2 except some quips about the eventual title. Though Kristen Bell and Josh Gad were on hand, they spent most of their time discussing Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, a new short that will run before CoCo in theaters. Gad even did a live performance a new song in the feature, “This Time of Year.” Frozen 2 is set for November 27, 2019.
The surprise hit of the presentation was Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. After a part of Vanellope’s game breaks, she and Ralph travel into the internet to find it. In the clip shown, new character Yesss (voiced by Taraji P. Henson) shows the pair around a Disneyland-like area of the web. Vanellope hangs out with the Disney princesses and the crowd broke into wild laughter as the princesses poked fun at their characters’ stereotypes. All the princesses are voiced by the original actresses. In a truly wonderful moment, many of those women took the stage together with Sarah Silverman who voices Vanellope. Wreck-It Ralph 2 premieres November 21, 2018.
Two untitled projects were also briefly talked about. Disneytoon Studios is exploring the future of aviation in a new film set to open on April 12, 2019. Dan Scanlon, director of Monsters University, talked about another project that takes place in a modern suburban fantasy world. Unicorns are as common as pigeons, mushroom houses have satellite dishes, and creatures of all kinds live together.
The final film of the afternoon presentation was Coco (due out November 22, 2017). An extended clip of Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) crossing over into the world of the dead was enchanting and funny. To close things out, Gonzalez and Benjamin Bratt, who plays famous singer Ernesto de la Cruz, sang one of the film’s songs, “Remember Me.” Dancers joined them on stage and filled the aisles as confetti rained from the air. That’s one way to end a session.
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