D23 Expo Showcases Disney & Pixar Animation Slate
Planes: Fire & Rescue (Disneytoon Studios)
Disneytoon Studios’ Planes: Fire & Rescue landed on stage at the D23 Expo, welcoming Dane Cook, the voice of Dusty in Disney’s Planes, the action comedy adventure that landed in theaters today. Cook, who returns to voice the character in the follow-up, joined director Bobs Gannaway (Secret of the Wings) on stage. Julie Bowen was announced as the voice of Lil’ Dipper, and fans were treated to story details for Planes: Fire & Rescue, plus character images, concept art and footage from the film.
Planes: Fire & Rescue features a quirky crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from a raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of wildfire air attack. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous air attack team, including spirited super scooper Lil’ Dipper (voice of Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Planes: Fire & Rescue ignites July 18, 2014.
Big Hero 6 (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Big Hero 6 hit the D23 Expo in style, welcoming director Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) to the stage with a story presentation, including concept art and a sizzle piece designed to build excitement for the action comedy adventure.
Big Hero 6 features brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the CG-animated Big Hero 6 hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.
Legend of the NeverBeast (Disneytoon Studios)
Disneytoon Studios director Steve Loter revealed plans for Legend of the NeverBeast, which takes the Disney Fairies on an epic action adventure that’s full of heart and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Fun and talented animal fairy Fawn believes you can’t judge a book by its cover—or an animal by its fangs—so she befriends a huge and mysterious creature known as the NeverBeast. While Tink and her friends aren’t so sure about this scary addition to Pixie Hollow, the elite Scout Fairies set out to capture the monster before he destroys their home. Fawn must trust her heart and take a leap of faith if she hopes to rally the girls to save the NeverBeast. Directed by Steve Loter, Legend of the NeverBeast roars to life in Spring 2015.
Inside Out (Pixar)
Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out brought Joy to fans—literally—revealing members of the voice cast, including Amy Poehler as the voice of Joy, Lewis Black as the voice of Anger, Mindy Kaling as the voice of Disgust, Phyllis Smith as the voice of Sadness, and Bill Hader as the voice of Fear. The audience met two of the film’s five starring emotions, Sadness and Fear, when Smith and Hader appeared on stage to greet fans and fuel excitement for the 2015 film.
From director Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.) and producer Jonas Rivera (Up), Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out takes you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind. Riley, an 11-year-old girl who recently moved with her family to San Francisco, is not the main character but the setting for the film. Moviegoers will go inside her mind to explore how memories are formed and how a mixture of five emotions—Joy, Disgust, Anger, Fear and Sadness—defines life experiences. In theaters June 19, 2015.
Finding Dory (Pixar)
Director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL•E) and producer Lindsey Collins (co-producer WALL•E) shared exciting voice cast announcements for Disney and Pixar’s Finding Dory. Joining Ellen DeGeneres, who provides the voice of Dory, are Albert Brooks as the voice of Marlin, Diane Keaton as the voice of Dory’s mom Jenny, Eugene Levy as the voice of Dory’s dad Charlie, and Ty Burrell as the voice of Bailey.
The all-new big-screen adventure dives into theaters Nov. 25, 2015, taking moviegoers back to the extraordinary underwater world from the original film. Finding Dory reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way.
John Ratzenberger Parade
Pixar fans also delighted in a surprise appearance by the studio’s “lucky charm” John Ratzenberger, who was ceremoniously paraded on stage by the Disneyland marching band. Ratzenberger joined Hader in a hilarious duel of one-upmanship over the multiple Pixar characters each has voiced.
Zootopia (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ director Byron Howard (Tangled) and writer Jared Bush shared plans for the upcoming comedy adventure Zootopia (working title). In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who’s trying to make it big goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Zootopia’s top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they’re forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends. In theaters in 2016.
Veteran Disney Filmmaker Celebrates 60 Years with Walt Disney Animation Studios
Burny Mattinson counts 60 years with Walt Disney Animation Studios this year, and the milestone was marked with a surprise celebration at the D23 Expo. Mattinson is one of the few remaining Disney artists who worked with Walt Disney and is still on staff at Walt Disney Animation Studios. His career is highlighted by helming the Academy Award-nominated 1983 animated featurette Mickey’s Christmas Carol, which returned Mickey Mouse to the big screen for the first time in 30 years. In 1984, wrote, produced and directed The Great Mouse Detective. Mattinson’s credits include Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats and The Rescuers. He served as a key member of the story team on Disney’s contemporary classics including Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast, The Lion King, “Pocahontas, Mulan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Tarzan, and was senior story artist on 2011’s big-screen adventure Winnie the Pooh. Mattinson joined Disney in 1953 at age 18 with no formal art training; within six months, he was working as an in-betweener on Lady and the Tramp.
Source: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures