Highlights from the first day of Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim

Disney 23 Expo to give us a sneak peek at Star Wars and Avatar attractions


Today was the first day of Disney’s D23 Expo.  The Expo is a Disney fest full of announcements, seminars, panels and other festivities which can be described at Disney’s Comic Con.  Day 1 has wrapped up with some announcements about some upcoming Disney/Pixar films.   So let’s take a look at what Disney and Pixar have coming down the road after the break.



Toy Story of Terror

Attendees at the Expo today were treated to a 10-minute preview of the upcoming Toy Story short film, Toy Story of TERROR.  The new short film is airing on ABC on October 18



Attendees were given a sneak peak at the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studio film, Frozen.  The movie features the voice talents of Kristin Bell, Alan Tudyk and Jonathan Groff.  The movie is set for a November 27, 2013 release date.  Check out the preview clip above.


Get a Horse!:


The short film that will be featured before Frozen is titled Get a Horse!  The film is a black-and-white 3D hand-drawn and computer animated musical short film and features the voice of Walt Disney as Mickey Mouse.


The Pirate Fairy:


Tom Hiddleston will be voicing young Captain Hook in this latest installment of the Tinker Bell movies.

Full synopsis:

Disneytoon Studios’ The Pirate Fairy brought pixie dust to the festivities, unveiling the newest and most exciting adventure in the Disney Fairies franchise. Director Peggy Holmes (Secret of the Wings) introduced Christina Hendricks, who gives voice to Zarina, and Tom Hiddleston, tapped to voice a young James aka Captain Hook. When a misunderstood dust-keeper fairy named Zarina steals Pixie Hollow’s all-important Blue Pixie Dust, and flies away to join forces with the pirates of Skull Rock, Tinker Bell and her fairy friends must embark on the adventure of a lifetime to return it to its rightful place.

However, in the midst of their pursuit of Zarina, Tink’s world is turned upside down. She and her friends find that their respective talents have been switched and they have to race against time to retrieve the Blue Pixie Dust and return home to save Pixie Hollow. With comedy, heart and epic thrills for the whole family, The Pirate Fairy sets sail Spring 2014.

via IGN


The Good Dinosaur:


The next Pixar film after Monsters University will be The Good Dinosaur.  The movie follows a family of Apatosaurus. One of them, named Arlo, who is fascinated with bugs, discovers a large beetle that is in fact a human child, called Spot. The two of them then go on a journey.

via Pixar Wiki


Party Central:


Party Central will be the Pixar short that will be placed before The Good Dinosaur.  The film brings back Mike and Sully, reuniting with the Oozmas to throw another party.  The short hits theaters with The Good Dinosaur on May 30, 2014.


Planes: Rescue and Fire:


Disney is wasting now time with another Planes sequel.  Official synopsis from Disney: “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:


“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:


“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.”


Inside Out:


Inside Out synopsis, via BuzzFeed:  A young girl, Riley, has her own world, and then the world inside her brain is a second setting. It has a control center — think of something like The Truman Show — and then massive areas throughout the brain, from imagination (it looks like a film studio) and abstract thought (it looks abstract!) and even memory, which looks like something out of Blade Runner’s setting. The various emotions all contribute to running the place, which is connected by the Train of Thought — literally, a train.


Finding Dory:


The sequel to the highly acclaimed Finding Nemo got a few more details announced today during D23.  The story picks up one year after Finding Nemo. Dory’s family is living on a reef, and her memory loss is still a problem. A traumatic event sets off Dory’s “homing instinct,’ according to Stanton. So as she goes off on some kind of search for her family, Nemo and Marlin are looking for her. So two searches take place at once.

via The Mary Sue




Disney also announced their 2016 project today at D23, titled Zootopia.  Official synopsis from Disney:  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. The entire world is meant to be designed by animals, as if from their minds not ours. For example: “A mountain is an apartment building, and there are ‘habitats’ instead of neighborhoods.” They have a Wall Street Gerbil and polar bear karaoke in Tundratown.

via First Showing

Not enough D23 for you?  Check out the official D23 website here.




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