Friday, August 14, 2015

D23 2015 Sorta-Live Blog [Fully Updated]


So this was going to be similar to my live blog of the 2013 D23 Expo, where I updated the post as the presentation progressed. However, things got in the way and I missed the whole Disney Animation and Pixar presentation... When I got home, I did a sort-of hasty covering of it all... Right now, the post is updated with extended thoughts on Disney Animation's presentation only, as the Pixar one is currently being written as of this writing.


Below is the live-blog of the expo before I left... After that is the hasty thoughts on the full presentation, and then the full, extended thoughts on Disney Animation's presentation...

PART ONE: THE LIVE-BLOG

11:32 AM EST

Even though the presentation is hours away, WDW News Today spotted these posters in the animation booth at the expo...


Nothing really more than just logo reveals, though it's interesting to see that The Incredibles 2 might be using a Roman numeral instead. It makes the new logo look pretty cool, too! So yes... The Incredibles II.

Now check out the order they are in. Cars 3 is first, and then Incredibles II... So I guess Cars 3 is the summer 2018 release? I guess we'll learn later. Lasseter recently said to an auto blog that it could come out in either summer 2018 or summer 2019.

Notice the space between Toy Story 4 and Cars 3? That must be a placeholder for the still-yet-to-be-revealed original that's going to open on 11/22/2017... Or October 2017, if it's Lee Unkrich's Day of the Dead project...

The plot thickens...

UPDATE: 12:02 PM EST

Here's a better pic of the posters...


UPDATE: 12:21 PM EST



Yep, that 3/9/2018 Disney Animation film announcement will come today...

UPDATE: 1:36 PM EST

This just in from Pixar...


They highlighted the Cars 3 and Incredibles II posters, and the Luxo Jr. image... I still think it's a placeholder for the 11/22/2017 film...

I also love how they highlighted the "Soon" of "Coming Soon", and said it on their twitter. Something's a-brewin'!

UPDATE: 2:10 PM EST

Here's a cool, minimal Finding Dory teaser poster...


Love the tagline.

UPDATE: 2:30 PM EST

Look what Mr. Unkrich had to say a few minutes ago...


So... 11/22/2017 is Lee Unkrich's untitled Day of the Dead project? Or maybe it's 10/??/2017? Either way, we might've gone a confirmation on what original will be opening between Toy Story 4 and Cars 3!

PART TWO: THE HASTY THOUGHTS ON THE PRESENTATION...

No longer news, but here are my thoughts on what's been revealed!


Walt Disney Animation Studios' next after Moana is Gigantic. Not called Giants anymore (I guess it would've caused a rights issue with the New York Giants?), the reimagining of the Jack and the Beanstalk tale is to be set in Spain during the exploration age. Jack will climb up the beanstalk to meet a lost little girl giant named Inma, and help her find her home. That sounds radically different from the plot synopsis that Bleeding Cool detailed two summers ago... It's no wonder it moved out of the fall 2016 that it seemed to be destined for. It sounds like it was completely reimagined, upside and down...

We'll also see a world of giants above the beanstalk, reports say they all come from different cultures no less! So, some nice world-building. Very welcome, of course. The villains will be known as the Storm Giants, who were in the version BC talked about.

Also, Robert and Kristen-Anderson Lopez are doing the songs. I guess we'll have some tunes stuck in our head after it opens!

No release date was mentioned, but for now, it's pretty obvious that this will be the studio's 3/9/2018 release until something changes on both Disney Animation and Pixar's slates. Which may happen, because... Well... I'll get to that in a minute.

As for updates on the two films we know about - Zootopia and Moana, there were plenty.

The pop singer character Gazelle will be voiced by Shakira, and she'll have a song in the film called "Try Everything". Hope it all amounts to an end credits scene, because I think something like this could date the movie a bit...


Other than that, we get some looks at other characters such as a few otters, a Fennec fox, and an African buffalo who is a police officer. (We can see all of them in the trailer, but since they were part of the display, I guess they are significant characters.)

Moana sounds even more amazing with the updates we got earlier today. The music will be done by Opetaia Foa'i (Oceanic musician and founder of the group Te Vaka) and Lin-Mauel Miranda (who did the Broadway musical In The Heights), and will be arranged by Mark Mancina (which we all knew beforehand, for those who don't know he did the score for Tarzan)... It's good that Disney Animation is making sure this project feels Oceanic. So far we know The Rock (who is half-Samoan) is voicing Maui, we still don't know who is voicing the titular heroine. (It seems like it's keeping that title, too.)

We got more details on Maui himself. He was born a human, but was raised by gods, so he finds himself trying to please both sides. Variety reported that the footage they showed of Maui introducing himself to Moana was "blending animation and CGI"... Does that mean "traditional" animation and CGI?? The ocean itself, as said before, is a character of its own, no different from the Magic Carpet in Aladdin.

Also, this epic piece of concept art someone snapped a photo of...


Yes, I'm super-excited! I mean I already was, but now... I'm even more excited!

Now, as for Emeryville...

A new Good Dinosaur image showcasing father T-rex butch and his children, Ramsey and Nash...


The footage shown was what was shown before, and it moved some to tears. Not surprising...

Finding Dory footage showed some plot points, and we also learned that Ed O'Neill will be voicing the octopus Hank, who was revealed during the Cannes Film Festival Pixar presentation. He'll be missing a tentacle...


Interesting that the first image from Finding Dory is a shot of the marine biology institute and not a lush ocean setting, but it looks great, obviously. Kaitlin Olsen's whale shark character will be named Destiny. I recall seeing concept art of the character in the background of the Pixar tour introduction that was attached to the Fathom Event screenings of Inside Out. (I went to one of those screenings, yes.)

Now onto... And this is a big deal right here... The film that Pixar will release in the fall of 2017...

Yes, it is Lee Unkrich's Day of the Dead project! It's called Coco...

What's it about? A 12-year-old named Miguel who, as Variety puts it, "sets off a chain of events that change his family and explores their history." Comic Book Resources add that the events are tied to an ancient mystery, and that Miguel is a "spirited" boy who lives in rural Mexico. Why Coco as the title? In Latin folklore, "coco" usually refers to a negative, Bogeyman-esque spirit. Interesting! Given that this is a Day of the Dead story, I expect the film to go down some considerably dark paths...

Thankfully the plot isn't too similar to the other recent animated Day of the Dead film The Book of Life. Remember those posters from earlier? They filled in the Luxo, Jr. one with this...


Love the title, love the idea, and I love the fact that it's opening in fall 2017... Though I still reckon that the 11/22/2017 release date will be changed to October something, 2017. Why release a Day of the Dead-themed film after Day of the Dead, you know?

Nothing beyond that. No details on Cars 3 or The Incredibles II, or whatever Mark Andrews is cooking up. More thoughts to follow! (Including additional Toy Story 4 thoughts, as more details were revealed during the presentation, ones I'm a bit iffy about...)

PART THREE: FULL THOUGHTS ON THE PRESENTATION...

Now with more time to breathe in the news, I've decided to do some extended thoughts on both presentations. Here's my full take on the Walt Disney Animation Studios details, starting with Zootopia...


Most of the details revealed during the presentation were ones I've heard of before, from its themes to the way the animals will act and behave. Footage was shown, some of it being new (such as Nick Wilde meeting Judy Hopps in an ice cream shoppe), some of it being stuff that was shown before (the DMV scene with sloths)...

The artwork shown, however, was stunning. I've gushed over the concept before and how they've built a whole city for these different mammals, and having the neighborhoods be themed after the habitats, but...


That's Bunny Burrow. Those building designs are something else. They could've gone for just regular buildings, but they really went the extra mile. A scene where Judy chases a rodent through Little Rodentia is interesting because it plays with the size and scale of the buildings animals of different sizes inhabit. As I had said before, the differences between these animals and how they behave will make for some great story-driven gags and whatnot.


The vehicles also look really cool. Hope they remain that way in the finished film...


Tundra Town looks like something out a Christmas fantasy film or something. Love the architecture and design.


Of course we also got retro posters of the locations. The Rainforest District really catches my eye, as it looks really futuristic. Almost kind of reminds me of a Roger Dean painting in a way... This film is just going to be major-league eye candy!

Now here are some faces, two of which we can see in the teaser.



 

We may not have learned too many new things about this picture, but what we saw was quite epic. There are a few things that were revealed - such as Shakira voicing a dancing gazelle named... Gazelle and having a song in the movie, along with parodies of real-life things: Vanity Fur, Gnusweek, etc. - that I'm not too, too fond of, but it doesn't matter. I love the concept, I love the plot, the character designs are great, the world is really cool, and it looks like it'll be a visual wowser through and through. Plus you've got Byron Howard and Rich Moore directing! Bring it on!

Next up, Moana!


Being the next big epic musical from the studio, it's no surprise that this was what arguably made the real splash yesterday...

First off, the music will be done by Opetaia Foa'i and Lin-Manuel Miranda, arranged by Tarzan composer Mark Mancina. Mancina is a perfect fit for the film given how his score really fit the lush African jungles of Tarzan, and it should fit Oceania and the film's mystical underworlds perfectly. Foa'i is an Oceanic musician, so that adds much-needed authenticity to the film. I like that Disney is not whitewashing it, as we know that The Rock - who is of Samoan descent - is voicing demigod Maui. Miranda is another Broadway-type, and I was kind of hoping this musical wouldn't go to sweeping Frozen-levels, because not every Disney musical needs to be like that. However, it seems like they'll mix in more than a fair amount of Oceanic-type music.

Visually, it won't be Feast in movie form, as I've been told by A113 Animation writer Munir, but they showed a sequence of Maui's tattoos moving... And they'll be in done in 2D!


Her full CG design isn't too bad and looks close to those sketches, hopefully the animation itself has that 2D underbelly that the recent Disney Animation films have. The eyes are a bit on the Tangled/Frozen side, but Disney's used similar character design from film to film in the past, so no big deal.

We also got a full CG render of Moana's chief father Tui...


No CG render of Maui, unfortunately, but here's concept art of him...


Many people noted that Maui's magical tattoos are actually animated and move, and the magical hook is akin to Thor's Mjonir. As I said earlier, he's a human-born that's been raised by gods, and is something of a middle-man trying to please the two sides.


That's stunning. That's all I'm going to say about that artwork...

Two animal friends, as we've known for a while, will accompany Moana and Maui on their epic journey. First is her pet pig Pua, who has a very cool design...


... And there's rooster Hei Hei, who has been described as cranky. Certainly looks it, too! According to the reports, this fowl is a stowaway!


Here is Moana and her grandmother, who encourages her exploring while the father says no to it...


A better look the lava witch. Stunning, stunning, stunning!


Moana and the ocean, which is a character itself. A sequence shown to the crowd showcased the ocean waves on the shore divide to show an infant Moana a seashell. The water moves away from her as he walks deeper into it, making sure she's safe. It can also interact with her and others, as evidenced in this piece of concept art below...

 

That is all based on research. During the time of the film's setting, 2,000 years ago, the Oceanic people saw the water as a person or friend.


Lastly, a lovely aerial view of her home village...


Yes, it looks and sounds amazing. Dream team Ron Clements and John Musker directing? Check. A great Oceanic setting and story? Check. Supernatural elements and creatures and demigods? Double check. What more can you ask for?

Now, lastly for Disney Animation, Gigantic...


First off... I'm not a fan of the adjective titles for Disney Animation's reimagined fairy tales. Tangled was a title I never, never liked. One of the reported testing titles, The Secret Tower, I think, is far better though still not great. Frozen works better as a title, given that Anna's heart does indeed get frozen, there's lots of snow, and Elsa is the Snow Queen. That one doesn't bother me too much, this one? Why not The Beanstalk or World of Giants or something like that?


A title is a title, though...


Anyways, I love the new story they have come up with. A world of giants is definitely a nice twist on a classic fairy tale, though we knew long beforehand that this story would involve multiple giants and not just one. We all know the classic Jack and the Beanstalk story and how the giant is bad, but this is great because Disney could've very well made a straight adaptation and called it a day, but they didn't. Plus, a world of giants from - as multiple sources said - different cultures would make for some really cool world-building. It's always exciting when Disney creates their own worlds, whether they are Wreck-It Ralph's video game worlds or the almost steampunk-like future we saw in Treasure Planet or Meet The Robinsons' optimistic take on the future, this is what I think Disney Animation should tackle more and more...

The story also seems like a nice change of pace. I kind of hope that Jack doesn't have a love interest in any way, because not every Disney fairy tale adaptation or musical needs to be a love story. The story of Jack helping a lost 11-year-old little girl giant whilst dealing with evil 'Storm Giants' is fine enough. Two years ago, Bleeding Cool revealed lots of details on Gigantic, back when it was known as Giants. The title Giants was teased by Honor Hunter of Blue Sky Disney back in June 2013, so that must've been the actual title of the film for a long while. Why they didn't stick with it? Well, I suggested earlier that it could've caused a rights issue.


Anyways, what Bleeding Cool unveiled seems to be the story we won't be getting. This earlier iteration of Giants had a love triangle between Jack, upper-class Angelina, and the noble Marco. The humans also had made a pact with the Storm Giants in the past: Work for them, and get protection from threats. Inma in this version was a tomboy warrior who wanted to be seen with respect. There were lots of themes of class and whatnot, and it seems like that may or may not be in this new iteration of the film. If not, then that's the usual for animated films. Big changes are always made during development, and it's no shock that it was reported that the film was possibly going to be Disney Animation's fall 2016 release at one point. We had also heard rumors of the film hitting the wall, reports of the story just not coming together... Maybe that did happen, and maybe it got this rewrite that it probably needed.

So, I'll be content if they have indeed written the love story out and the whole thing with the humans already knowing the giants. I would like for a mysterious first act that's close to the tale, and then boom, no evil giant, but a world of giants - good and bad!


It's especially refreshing considering that Disney adapted this tale three times before in animation, and all of them played it straight. The first was the Laugh-O-Gram short Walt made in 1922, then there was the black-and-white take on it starring Mickey called Giantland, released in 1933. Finally, of course, there's the one almost everyone knows: The Legend of Happy Valley segment from the 1947 package feature Fun & Fancy Free, often billed as Mickey and the Beanstalk.

This adaptation, for a roughly 30-minute featurette (though, like BongoThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and The Wind in the Willows, it began life as a feature-length project), is a favorite of mine. The introduction with the harp being stolen and Happy Valley being borderline post-apocalyptic is good stuff, and it gets particularly unsettling when Donald Duck starts going nuts. The growth of the beanstalk and what ensues is all great, and then of course, you think the giant is going to be like the more menacing Disney villains but you get this big, bubbly, bouncy goofball. It's a great little short subject, so Disney already did the tale right in short film form.

It continues Disney's new tradition of writing original stories based on ideas and elements from the original fairy tales. That way, they have versions they can truly be their own things whilst not seeming like watered down versions of the originals. (I don't have a problem with Disney's other adaptations, by the by.) Walt and crew mostly worked off of the main structures of the original tales (something like The Jungle Book, though not a fairy tale, is an exception), whereas the studio now is pretty much writing their own stories.

Gigantic also brings back songwriting team Robert and Kristen-Anderson Lopez. This is both exciting and a little worrisome. The Lopezes are super-talented, the musical numbers they did for Winnie the Pooh are great, and if you take away all the hype for a second, the best Frozen songs are really, really good. As sick and tired as I am of 'Let It Go', I still find it to be a strong song. Me being sick of it has more to do with everyone just not shutting up about it and the rest of the movie. I also really love 'Frozen Heart' as well. If the Gigantic soundtrack is without dubious lyrics about being gassy and tinkling in the woods, or anything of the sort, I'll be alright. Last thing a Disney animated film needs is 2-year-old level humor like that. Just write damn good songs that advance the story...

I'm okay with this one going a more Broadway route, though since the story is set in Spain, I would really like to see a Spanish influence on the musical numbers more so than anything. That would be different, and I think that's what Walt Disney Animation Studios should be doing with each new picture... Trying something new. Forget trying to match 'Let It Go' and the like, do something new.

Gigantic sounds like it has lots of potential, and hopefully the story will stick to the core ideas we were told yesterday: Jack finds a lost girl giant, helps her get home, and there's evil Storm Giants. No love story or anything else, I love it the way it is.

As for the release date... It's obviously going to be March 9, 2018. This is exactly what happened two years ago at the 2013 D23 Expo. Honor Hunter told us before then that Zootopia was expected to be the company's spring 2016 release. Zootopia was officially unveiled by Disney during that expo, but they didn't say what the release date was until... Last October. They waited, because why date it and put extra pressure on the crew while development is still going on? Wait till it's all solid and set in stone.

Of course, as we all know, Nathan Greno is directing. Dorothy Kim, producer of the fantastic short Get A Horse!, will produce. I guess Byron Howard won't jump over to this project after completing Zootopia, going against what the Kenosha News story on Greno said back in March. Maybe they made a mistake?

Gigantic sounds like another winner in the making...

As for other release dates...

If I were to guess Disney Animation's slate right now, I'd say...

Gigantic - 3/9/2018
Wreck-It Ralph 2 - 11/21/2018
Untitled Dean Wellins - TBD Q2 2019
Frozen 2 - 11/27/2019

I think this will happen, should Pixar's Coco not open on 11/22/2017. In that case...

Gigantic - 11/27/2018
Untitled Dean Wellins - 6/15/2018
Wreck-It Ralph 2 - 11/21/2018
Frozen 2 - 11/27/2019

Some predictions for now. Will change them eventually...

Now moving onto Pixar's presentation!

Most of the footage of The Good Dinosaur that was shown sounded like the footage that was unveiled at Cannes earlier this year, but reportedly the sequence of Arlo and Spot showing each other how they lost their families brought many viewers to tears. Again, this is Pixar...

Here is a nice full shot of the T-rex trio: Father Butch, and children Nash and Ramsey...


Love the designs of course, fitting in with the cartoony and super-caricatured character design scheme they are going for. Looks like Butch got into a nasty fight, too. It also seems like they're good guys, or are the Bruce, Anchor and Chum of the movie. It'll be interesting to see what kind of role they'll play. Either that, or this is just a publicity image showcasing the looks of these characters. Nature is the film's antagonist, so I'd imagine the T-rexes being, well, predators! But again, Finding Nemo played around with that idea a bit. Some animals were indeed predators in that film, while others weren't or bent the rules a bit...

These two pteranodons won't, though. I think that was also made obvious by the trailer. I'm assuming one of these is Thunderclap...


Once again, looking great. In other Good Dinosaur-related news, Spot will be a playable character in Disney Infinity 3.0!

Now onto Finding Dory!


Notice someone familiar in the image?

Finding Dory's plot details were quite interesting, one of them involving Hank the octopus (who will be voiced by Ed O'Neill, also Mr. Litwak in Wreck-It Ralph), and another involving Dory sleep-swimming when dreaming about her parents... Dreams that will be in... Traditional animation! Rare for Pixar to have a scene that breaks out into a wildly different animation style, outside of credits sequences.

A clip showed that Hank may not be a good guy, either. At the marine biology institute (called the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) where most of the film will take place, it's revealed that Dory is one of many sea creatures that's going to be sold to an aquarium in Cleveland. Hank wants to go because he has bad memories of the ocean (probably why he's missing a tentacle), and it looks like he'll use Dory's amnesia to his advantage... So a somewhat villainous - not to mention camouflaging - octopus, eh? I like it!

Here is a full reveal of the beluga whale character Bailey in concept art form, who Ty Burrell will voice. The character believes he has a head injury.


Kaitlin Olsen's character is Destiny, a whale shark who thinks she's a whale. No reveal of her, sadly, but I'm sure I saw concept art of her in the distance in that tour of Pixar special that was shown before the Fathom Event screening of Inside Out...

Anyways, the project sounds more and more exciting. This sounds like it's really going all out! For a while I've been thinking this would be the next, excellent Pixar sequel. The next Toy Story 2. Looks like it'll be just that...

Speaking of Toy Story...


Toy Story 4 is something I'm still skeptical about. If you saw my piece from the other day on the new plot details, you'll know that I'm not fond of the decision to bring Bo Peep back.

To elaborate, a lot of my love for Toy Story 3 stems from the fact that it doesn't chicken out when addressing some things that are a part of life. Growing up is not always easy, and sometimes things disappear into the past, sometimes things happen that you have to accept. With Woody and co. being toys, losing friends is inevitable. Bo Peep was a porcelain part of a baby's lamp. Had Andy not had a baby sister, Bo probably would've been gone long before the events of the first Toy Story. Thankfully Andy was imaginative and used her in his playtime scenarios.

The little sequence in Toy Story 3 where Woody mentions that some friends got donated/sold as Andy and Molly grew up is a perfect little bit of storytelling, and Woody's hesitation to even mention Bo is pretty sad! Pixar's films are rightfully praised for being for adults and younger folk alike, and that they don't shy away from some realities, similar to the classic Disney animated features. To me, the gang getting Bo back into the picture would be too rosy-rosy for my tastes. What makes Toy Story 3 so great is how bittersweet it is. A lot has been lost over the years, that happens in life, yet the rest of the gang stay together no matter what. They make the best of what's happening, whether it's Andy growing up or Andy ultimately leaving them with someone else before heading off to college.

... And I think that bringing Bo back would only negate a lot of that film's powerfulness, plus the whole idea of how kids growing up means toys ending up elsewhere. I really do.

I mean, Woody and Buzz setting off to find her? I guess it could work, I guess Woody being that heartbroken over losing her, going to such great lengths to get her back could make for a very heartfelt story that's more than worthy of the trilogy, but I'm just not buying this plot right now...

But in Pixar I trust. If you haven't been here before, I am not angry at them over Cars 2 and I quite like Monsters University a great deal, even though the Internet insists both are terrible, terrible films. Finding Dory, as I said earlier, sounds really good to me. I'm just skeptical about this one particular film, because it's taking a massive risk. How do you tell such a story without tainting the brilliance of Toy Story 3, and by extension the whole trilogy and its themes?

I trust John Lasseter and the Brain Trust, who loved this idea so much that they greenlit this very film. I trust writers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack... Make me look back at this article and think "Wow, I shouldn't have worried!"

We shall see, come summer 2017...

Now, onto the most exciting project of the bunch... The Day of the Dead story... Coco...


Here is concept art of the main character, Miguel...


So why 'Coco' as a title? Coco, from what I've read, refers to a bogeyman of sorts in Latin folklore. Given that is a story about the dead, I expect it to go down some dark paths. I'm sure Pixar won't shy away from those elements.

As you might know, the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday involves celebrating and remembering loved ones who have passed on, with people visiting their graves and leaving various things near the stones. Now of course we also know that another animated Day of the Dead film exists, Reel FX's most recent The Book of Life. A wonderfully stylized film that I really, really admired, there is a great sequence in that film that explains the Day of the Dead holiday and it is a fantastic emotional moment that really gets the point across...

Since this is Pixar, I'm sure we'll really dive into the emotional side, because that's one of the main fuel sources the Emeryville house runs on! The story is about a spirited boy named Miguel, who comes from rural Mexico, and his journey in the land of the dead. He uncovers a "generational mystery" that "forever changes his fate". Very little details there, which is expected considering that this film is currently pegged for fall 2017 and that it's the first original since The Good Dinosaur...

The footage shown apparently shows a scene of families remembering their loved ones at a graveyard, followed by dancing skeletons that seemed reminiscent of The Skeleton Dance. It was apparently fully-rendered footage too, and it seemed like the style was different for a Pixar film. Color me intrigued!

It currently holds the 11/22/2017 slot, according to Box Office Mojo. However, I'm still convinced that Pixar will release this Day of the Dead-themed film before the actual Day of the Dead, which occurs from October 31st to November 2nd...

As for Cars 3 and The Incredibles II? Nothing new, just the logo reveals. The display of posters implies that Cars 3 is the 6/15/2018 release, as hinted at before. Pixar's slate currently ends there, with no 2019 dates inked at the moment. The Incredibles II will probably be summer 2019, considering that Disney Animation has locked 11/27/2019. I won't be surprised if Pixar squeezes one original between Cars 3 and Incredibles II, something in spring 2019 maybe? Will they venture out of their usual release date box?

In Pixar's 20 years of making feature-length films, only May, June, and November are the months they have chosen to release these films in. The Good Dinosaur actually marks their first November release since The Incredibles, which turns 11 this year! Will they finally pick months other than those three? We've been shown over the years that any month is good for an animated feature, as long as the feature in question looks great to audiences. I'd love to see Pixar release films in March, October, the whole shebang. Disney Animation does it along with many other studios, so...

Anyways, I can see this happening...

10/13/2017 - Coco
11/22/2017 - Gigantic
06/15/2018 - Cars 3
11/21/2018 - Wreck-It Ralph 2
03/??/2019 - Untitled Original Film
04/??/2019 - Untitled Original Film
06/??/2019 - The Incredibles II
11/27/2019 - Frozen 2

Above all, this was a great showcase for future stuff. Despite some little gripes I had, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar's futures look super-exciting...

13 comments:

  1. What would represent the snowgies, frozen 2?
    Please, i want the misterious picture for something original, i bet it would be giants or something new

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  2. I bet it's either Giants or Wreck-it Ralph 2. Frozen 2 and Moana have already been announced, after all.

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  3. I was at that panel!! Lasseter had a lot of energy, and he really does seem like a cool guy. I was also at the Disney Legends awards ceremony hosted by Bob Iger. Iger looked like he wanted to go to bed. However, a cast member at Disneyland told me that he was a very nice man.

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  4. Interesting to note this:
    Tron: Legacy (2010)
    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

    Walt Disney Pictures would release their respective sequels in 2016 and 2017 (Well, we know that Tron 3 was cancelled)

    Fronzen was widely released on November 27, 2013.

    Frozen 2's release date won't be before 2018. "We're not demanding speed," Disney's CEO, Robert Iger said in January, "We're demanding excellence."

    Disney just seem to block November 27, 2019! Frozen 2? Exactly, six years later than the first one.

    It sounds ridiculous but seems a pattern.

    Maybe, we will have one of my most anticipated Wreck-It Ralph 2 in 2018.

    Wreck-it Ralph 2, 2018
    Frozen 2, 2019
    Big Hero 6 sequel, 2020

    3 sequels in a row. Just as Pixar is doing

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  5. Did you notice the Darla pic through the glass where Dory is?

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  6. it's a pity there's no DisneyToon.......it feels like that's gonna shut down sooner or later...

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  7. Sigh! I wish Disney continues doing hand drawn animated film. Hopefully maybe in 2019 or 2020 if they're not cowards or greedy.

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  8. I love Gigantic, i'm spaniard after all =) but what slate would be? March of November? i want other original that year

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  9. But Gigantic wasn't announced for 2018?

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    1. They didn't announce an exact date, though I think it's obvious it'll hit 3/9/2018, though anything can happen.

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  10. Great recap. I'm probably the most nervous about Zootopia. The design is cool but the humor looks a little too crass for my taste and the addition of Shikira does nothing for me. I don't know. It still has a Chicken Little vibe too me..
    But overall very excited for all the pictures!

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  11. Wait a minute! Did you say Maui's tattoos will be in hand drawn animation? GOODIE!

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