Disney kicked off its D23 Expo 2015 today and the main presentation focused on their animated efforts. We'll cover the basics of what was covered (basically what's new) here, but if you want something with a bit more information, you can try ComingSoon.net's liveblog of the event.
The presentation started off the the Disney Animation movies and began with Zootopia. Some footage was shown, and the big news for that portion was the news that Shakira will be voicing a gazelle character and supplying a song for the movie titled "Try Anything".
Next up was a movie titled Gigantic (formerly referred to as "Giants") which is described as the "definitive version of Jack and the Beanstalk". It will be directed by Nathan Greno and have songs by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez of Frozen fame.
Moana was the next topic and footage was shown for this too. This movie will also have a lot of music, some of the artists including Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Though pretty much known, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson confirmed he's voicing Maui.
One of the villains in MOANA is a "living island." We are seeing some wild footage of a volcanic lava monster. Surreal. #D23Expo— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) August 14, 2015
The presentation then set its focus on the movies produced by Pixar, starting with a feature already out in theaters, Inside Out. The audience was treated to a short titled "Riley's First Date?" which will be one of the features included on the disc and digital versions of the movie.
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Some new footage was shown for The Good Dinosaur as well as talk about the movie's development.
Finding Dory was next on the line. Nemo will have a new voice, Hayden Rolence, as the previous actor is now too old to voice the young fish. Kaitlin Olson will voice Destiny the whale shark and Ed O'Neill will voice an octopus named Hank.
The long in production Day of the Dead movie now has a name: Coco. It will feature the character of a 12 year-old boy named Miguel who lives in Mexico, and is directed by Lee Unkrich.
The presentation ended with Toy Story 4 talk. John Lasseter will be returning to the director's chair and Randy Newman to his piano for this outing.
At the expo, there were several display (digital?) posters for the animated features. Oddly they had a couple of posters that were not covered during the animation presentation:
Cars 3, oh well…
… and Incredibles 2. DAMN YOU DISNEY!! WE WANT INFO!