The Walt Disney Company has released the key event schedule for D23 EXPO 2015, taking place in Anaheim next month. The fan event will fill the Anaheim Convention Center August 14-16 with panels, activities, and an exhibit floor full of Disney fun. A pair of Hall D23 presentations sport an impressive list of headliners including Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and Walt Disney Studios live action films.
On Friday, August 14 at 3:00pm, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar will present their upcoming slates to the huddled in masses in Hall D23. Disney Animation will offer new footage from ZOOTOPIA and MOANA while Pixar gives the audience never-before-seen looks at both THE GOOD DINOSAUR and next year’s FINDING DORY. John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, will host the presentation which will also feature musical performances and an appearances by voice talent from the movies being previewed.
Saturday, August 15, will mark Hall D23’s journey through “Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios.” All eyes in and outside the convention will be on this 10:30am presentation, as it includes heavyweights like Marvel and Lucasfilm in addition to Disney’s own offerings. Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn will host as the storytellers from Disney and those other two studios run through a slate which features ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, THE JUNGLE BOOK, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, and more.
In all likelihood, this will be the first time footage from CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is shown publicly in the United States (not counting what may or may not be attached after the credits for ANT-MAN). Marvel Studios passed on a panel at SDCC this year, saving its CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR preview for D23 and an epic dose of Avengers doing battle with villains and each other should be well worth the wait. Marvel has done quick turnarounds from production to panels before, so the first footage of Tom Holland as Peter Parker and/or Spider-Man could also be there, though it should not be expected.
Marvel Studios does not have any other films in production until DOCTOR STRANGE begins shooting in November, so there will not be any actual footage beyond CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. Still, other cool things like concept art from Marvel’s Phase 3 films can be presented. Those who missed the exclusive AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR sizzle reel at the El Capitan Theatre last October may get to see it here. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and Marvel movie stars Chris Evans (Captain America), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), and Tom Hiddleston (Loki) all showed up at the last D23 EXPO in 2013, so expect some pretty cool guest appearances from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Lucasfilm’s presentation is a little tougher to get a handle on since it might be a too early for another STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS trailer. Then again, maybe the timing is just right. Premiering it in front of a home crowd like they did with the last trailer at Star Wars Celebration would be a good call.
After amazing panels at Star Wars Celebration and San Diego Comic Con, Lucasfilm has set a high bar for itself going into D23. One thing’s for sure: we are probably going to see and will definitely know more about STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS after this presentation. Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy and STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS director J.J. Abrams, both of whom are expected to appear and bring some movie stars with them, are not going to send the Hall D23 crowd home empty-handed. New information about prominent characters and new images are probably the least of what will be shown even if there’s not a new trailer.
The STAR WARS franchise obviously extends beyond that little motion picture coming out on December 18. Gareth Edwards could certainly show up to give an update on his STAR WARS ANTHOLOGY film ROGUE ONE. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller could surprise with some information on their Han Solo film. In my most ambitious of hopes, I can imagine finding out who’s stepping into Harrison Ford’s immortal boots. I won’t expect that and neither should you, but it would make for an incredible D23 moment (of which there will probably be more than one during this presentation anyway).
Disney can have a lot of fun with its ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS and THE JUNGLE BOOK presentations. For ALICE, the sequel to 2010’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND, director Tim Burton could be there with footage and maybe even pals Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway, who are reprising their respective roles as the Mad Hatter and the White Queen.
Director Jon Favreu will likely be on hand for THE JUNGLE BOOK and with a cast that includes Scarlett Johansson (who could also be there for CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR), Bill Murray, Sir Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and Lupita Nyong’o (another potential double-dipping star since she’s in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS), the potential for awesome surprise appearances, like Angelina Jolie showing up for MALEFICENT in 2013, is pretty great.
There’s also a reasonably good chance we’ll see a way-too-early tease for Disney’s live action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Even though the film is not scheduled for release until March 17, 2017, the time table is nearly identical to that of CINDERELLA, of which fans caught an equally early glimpse at D23 EXPO 2013. Director Bill Condon may just share a quick update on what his team’s been up to while making the film.
And that’s just the Hall D23 presentations. There is plenty more on tap for the show (additional details via Disney below). Tickets are still available if you’d like to attend, but even if you can’t make it, Modern Myth Media will be there to provide full coverage from Hall D23 and the rest of D23 EXPO 2015.
THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS PRESENTS UPCOMING FILM SLATE AND MORE AT D23 EXPO 2015
‘Can’t Miss’ Offerings Include Frozen Sing-Along, Toy Story 20th Anniversary, Star Wars, and Secret Special Guests
BURBANK, CA – July 21, 2015 – The Walt Disney Studios offers an exclusive look at its upcoming projects from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm at D23 EXPO 2015, taking place August 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
The Studio will unveil its animation and live-action film slates via two huge Hall D23 presentations featuring surprise guests and many unforgettable moments. Other not-to-be-missed events include a Frozen FANdemonium musical celebration with Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and the 20th anniversary celebration of Disney•Pixar’sToy Story with John Lasseter and the original Pixar crew.
HALL D23 PRESENTATIONS:
Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films, Hosted by John Lasseter
Friday, August 14, 3:00 pm – Hall D23
After meeting the Emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old, taking a trip to San Fransokyo, where a boy genius and his robot save the world, and falling in love with a queen with icy powers who wants to “let it go,” come see where Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios plan to take you next. In what has become a D23 EXPO must-see, host John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, presents this in-depth look at the animation studios’ slate. Filmmakers will unveil never-before-seen footage from Pixar’s upcoming The Good Dinosaurand Finding Dory and Disney Animation’s Zootopia and Moana. The event will include surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by the films’ star voice talent.
Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios
Saturday, August 15, 10:30 am – Hall D23
Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm are home to some of the planet’s best storytellers, immersing audiences fully in the world of each film from beginning to end and beyond. In this exclusive Hall D23 presentation, join Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn for a tour of upcoming live-action projects from these legendary film studios. A bevy of special guests will be on hand to offer a look at an unparalleled slate that includes Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book, Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens—and much, much more.
Frozen FANdemonium: A Musical Celebration!
Sunday, August 16, 3:00 pm – Hall D23
Join host Chris Montan, president, Walt Disney Music, and the Oscar®-winning songwriting team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez as they take you on a once-in-a-lifetime musical journey through the world ofFrozen. This one-day-only performance features your favorite friends from the Walt Disney Animation Studios film—including Anna and Elsa––with sing-along experiences and fascinating stories behind some of your favorite Frozen songs.
CALENDAR OF KEY EVENTS:
In Conversation with the Filmmakers and the Emotions Behind Inside Out
Friday, August 14, 11:30 am – Stage 28
Get the inside story on the making of Pixar’s latest summer release, Inside Out. Hear from Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.) and producer Jonas Rivera (Up) as they reminisce and share their personal stories of creating a world that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen.
Welcome to Zootopia!
Saturday, August 15, 1:30 pm – Stage 28
Welcome to Zootopia, a magnificent mammal metropolis, and home to Walt Disney Animation Studios’ next feature, the comedy-adventure Zootopia. Join directors Byron Howard (Tangled, Bolt) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph), producer Clark Spencer (Wreck-It Ralph, Bolt), and artists from the incredible production team as they introduce rookie rabbit-officer Judy Hopps, con-artist fox Nick Wilde and a host of dynamic animal characters, sharing footage and behind-the-scenes stories with D23 EXPO-goers.
Pixar Secrets Revealed! Hear the Stories They Didn’t Want You to Know!
Saturday, August 15, 3:00 pm – Stage 28
Ever wonder where your favorite Pixar stories began? Hear the stories you don’t know about the classic films that you love. Pixar senior development executive Mary Coleman hosts this experience, welcoming the storytellers behind some of Pixar’s most successful films, including Darla K. Anderson (A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Cars, Toy Story 3), Mark Andrews (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Brave), Ronnie del Carmen (Up, Inside Out) and Dan Scanlon (Cars, Toy Story 3, Monsters University), as they talk about the twists and turns of crafting a narrative and share some of the crazy story ideas that didn’t make the final cut.
Toy Story: 20 Years Later, the Original Crew Looks Back
Saturday, August 15, 4:30 pm – Stage 23
From flipbooks to feature films, animation has taken audiences to fantastical new worlds, far beyond the limits of any real-world setting. Pixar Animation Studios has been at the forefront of this evolution, blurring the line between art and technology and bringing beloved characters to life with heart and humor. As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of 1995’s Toy Story, the first computer-animated feature film, join members of the original crew, including filmmakers John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, Galyn Susman, Ralph Eggleston, Sharon Calahan, Eben Ostby, Bob Pauley and Bill Reeves as they share their stories and the challenges they faced along the way.
Aladdin – The Making of a Classic
Saturday, August 15, 6:00 pm – Stage 28
Join Walt Disney Animation Studios filmmakers, including legendary directors John Musker and Ron Clements, animators Eric Goldberg (Genie) and Mark Henn (Jasmine), as well as Jasmine herself, Linda Larkin, and the two actors who gave life to the character Aladdin: Scott Weinger and Brad Kane, as they unveil the stories behind one of the great Disney classics, Aladdin, a film that led to a “whole new world” for animation.
The Shorts of Walt Disney Animation Studios: from Paperman to Prep & Landing, Feast to Frozen Fever
Sunday, August 16, 11:30 am – Stage 28
When Walt Disney and his brother Roy founded the Disney Brothers Studio in 1923, their first medium for storytelling was the animated short. More than 90 years later, Walt Disney Animation Studios continues this tradition, making groundbreaking and award-winning shorts including Feast, Paperman and this year’s hit Frozen Fever. Join the filmmakers behind these shorts and so many others, including Get A Horse!, John Henry, Lorenzo and The Ballad of Nessie for a conversation about this truly animated art form.
The Tunes Behind the Toons: Screening/Q&A
Sunday, August 16, 6:00 pm, Stage 28
D23 EXPO invites you to a special screening and Q&A panel for The Tunes Behind the Toons, a short form documentary that celebrates the power of music in animation. From the silent film days when organists played live accompaniments, to the music within today’s animated features, this documentary traces the origins of cartoon music and its pioneers. Featuring interviews with Alan Menken, Randy Newman, Patrick Doyle, Mark Watters, Bruce Broughton, Richard Sherman and many others. Producer/director Dave Bossert will lead a star-studded Q&A following the presentation.
ON THE EXPO SHOW FLOOR:
The Walt Disney Studios – Show Floor Exhibition
Step into the worlds of The Walt Disney Studios in this wide-ranging showcase of exciting projects from Disney Live Action, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm. Among the many highlights:
- For the first time at D23 EXPO, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios have created a joint experience no Disney fan should miss. With live demonstrations, presentations, and autograph signings with top filmmakers from each studio, plus free giveaways and interactive displays featuring the films Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Zootopia, Finding Doryand Moana, this is a can’t-miss attraction for animation fans.
- Explore costumes, props and photo ops from the Studios’ live-action films, including Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm.
Disney Movies Anywhere Tweet Suite
Take pics and share them in the Disney Movies Anywhere Tweet Suite. It’s also the perfect opportunity to learn more about Disney Movies Anywhere, Disney’s digital movie app that lets you watch your Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars movie collection across your favorite devices, anywhere you go.
Say Aloha to John Lasseter’s Film-Themed Hawaiian Shirts
Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios John Lasseter takes Disney and Pixar animation to heart—literally. For nearly every film—from Finding Nemo and Wreck-It Ralph to Frozen and Inside Out, Lasseter has commissioned an exclusive movie-themed Hawaiian shirt. And those who know the Oscar®-winning storyteller know that he loves his Hawaiian shirts—and dons one for almost every occasion. Animation fans will see their favorite film characters “materialize” before their eyes in this colorful collection, which will be exhibited on the show floor.
An Animator’s Gallery: Eric Goldberg
D23 hosts the first public exhibition anywhere of “An Animator’s Gallery: Eric Goldberg.” Celebrate Goldberg, whose artistry at Walt Disney Animation Studios began with his groundbreaking work on Genie in Aladdin, and continues to this day on projects such as the upcoming Moana and the 2014 Oscar®-nominated Mickey Mouse short Get A Horse!The exhibition features a collection of more than 100 of Goldberg’s caricatured creations of Disney characters, drawn in a style reminiscent of art seen on the famed walls of Sardi’s Restaurant and The Brown Derby. This incredible collection of art is from the newly released book An Animator’s Gallery: Eric Goldberg Draws the Disney Characters, and will be available for purchase in the Walt Disney Publishing pop-up shop on the EXPO show floor.
Frozen Album Signing
With the purchase of Frozen: The Songs or Frozen Picture Disc at the Disney Music Emporium, guests will be issued a wristband to secure a space for an album signing with Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez and Tom MacDougall (Co-Producer, Frozen Soundtrack) on Saturday, August 15 at 10:30 am.
Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are $74 for a one-day adult admission and $54 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $65 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $112 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com.
About The Walt Disney Studios
For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.
About D23 EXPO 2015
D23 EXPO—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. For the latest D23 EXPO 2015 news, visit D23EXPO.com. To join the D23 EXPO conversation, make sure to follow @DisneyD23 on Twitter and use #D23Expo.
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication,Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.
Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.