Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios Bringing New Movie Details and more to D23 Expo 2019

At the D23 Expo 2019 Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios join forces to bring announcements, presentations, never-before-seen-footage, autograph signings and more! Here’s a look at everything the three-day event has to offer for all things Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios:


Go Behind the Scenes with The Walt Disney Studios, on Saturday, August 24, at 10 a.m. in Hall D23, as Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee and Pixar Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter present never-before-seen footage and share surprise announcements. You’ll also catch musical performances and appearances by all-star voice talent from upcoming animation films. You’ll get a chance to see a super-cool sneak peek at the upcoming Frozen 2 when directors Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, and producer Peter Del Vecho reveal brand new details from the film. Plus, director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae will introduce you to the characters of Pixar’s upcoming original feature film Onward. But, that’s not all. You’ll even get to hear Docter and producer Dana Murray share some details on next summer’s original feature Soul.  

The Little Mermaid: The 30th Anniversary Celebration! – Presented by H2O+, on Sunday, August 25, at 10 a.m. in D23 Expo Arena, Fans of the classic film are invited to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The Little Mermaid, recognized around the world as one of the greatest animated films of all time. Hosted by the voice of Ariel herself, Jodi Benson, it will be an unforgettable “Under the Sea” celebration.

Hidden Gems of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library: Preserving and Inspiring the Disney Legacy, on Sunday, August 25, at 12 p.m. on the Walt Disney Archives Stage. Discover what it’s like to hold Disney history in your hands! The talented team at Walt Disney Animation Research Library (ARL) preserves millions of pieces of original Disney Animation art from Steamboat Willie to the films of today. You’ll learn how the ARL shares these hidden gems, inspiring artists and audiences alike.

World Premiere: Walt Disney Animation Studios Presents Short Circuit, on Sunday, August 25, at 4 p.m. on Stage 28.
In this exciting panel, Walt Disney Animation Studios will debut Short Circuit, an experimental short film program that will debut in Spring 2020 on Disney+. Talented artists and filmmakers will share their films for the first time anywhere and give behind-the-scenes insights.

All weekend long from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily on the Show Floor Disney Animation and Pixar will team up for an immersive animation experience at D23 Expo. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about Frozen 2 and Onward while also getting the chance to meet the teams behind the movies and receive autograph signings of exclusive art and a promotional giveaway!

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Barry Short is the Digital Content Coordinator and co-host of the Thrillgeek Podcast. He joined Thrillgeek in 2016 and has had a love for Theme Parks and Pop Culture since he was a kid. You can follow him on Twitter @CultureNthrills

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