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Highlights From The 2017 D23 Disney Animation Panel

Written by sdsichero on Saturday, July 15 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

Highlights From The 2017 D23 Disney Animation Panel

Tidbits on upcoming Disney & Pixar projects including the Wreck-It Ralph and Incredibles sequels, plus new works

Source: Live Updates from the D23 Disney Animation Panel!

The D23 Expo held a panel covering upcoming projects from both Pixar, Disneytoon and Walt Disney Animation Studios. John Lasseter hosted most of the panel which showed off a mix of known and unknown future features; some of what was shown was really rough and unfinished; and some did not even have titles yet.

First up was Disneytoon Studios with something they called "the speed test". The footage shown had a pair of  high-tech jets leaving the earth and into space. A title card "SPACE" which changed to "this SPACE will be filled with a title when we think of one". The footage was described as being photo-realistic, but also the jets had eyes, so it looks like it might be a part of the Cars/Planes universe. Despite not having a title, it should hit theaters April 12, 2019.




They next covered the short Olaf's Frozen Adventure, which takes place during the first winter after the Frozen movie. In the short, Olaf and Sven go about the kingdom looking for holiday traditions to bring to Anna and Elsa. Frozen 2 was also covered. It will have a full title but it was not revealed yet. Some behind-the-scenes footage was shown from that movie.

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 was the next movie featured. Unlike us mortals, the D23 attendees got to see a teaser trailer for the film. The trailer started with arcade owner Mr. Litvak hooking up an internet connection. Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) exploring a portal when Vanellope gets sucked into it. Ralph follows and in the world they land in, Ralph gets assaulted with pop-up ads. A new character named Yesss (Taraji P. Henson) was introduced who is an algorithm that works at a site named Buzzaholic. Another clip was shown where Yesss is driving Ralph and Vanellope around and they go to, which is filled with Disney characters (including Marvel and Star Wars). Vanellope, who is a princess herself, meets a whole bunch of Disney princesses there voiced by their original voice actors. As a bonus, Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O'Hara (Belle), Linda Larkin (Jasmine), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel), Kelly MacDonald (Merida), Kristen Bell (Anna), and Auli‘i Cravalho (Moana) all appeared on stage.




Next up was Incredibles 2. Earlier, IGN had an interview with Lassetter who gave the barest of information on the film. The cast appeared at the panel, confirming they will be back, though there is a new voice for Dash, Huck Milner. There was no trailer shown, but the audience did get to see new character models and a sketch of 20 or more new superheroes. An animatic was shown where Bob Parr falls alseep watching baby Jack Jack, he awakes to see the baby chasing a raccoon, and using his super powers. Elastigirl will be the focus of the sequel. Though there was no trailer, the segment did have a gag video featuring Edna Mode (director Brad Bird):




Toy Story 4 will be getting a new director in Josh Cooley. Cooley directed the Inside Out short Riley's First Date. Some behind-the-scenes footage was shown for the movie.

Another new film was announced. This one also did not have a title, but was referred to as "The Untitled Pixar Film That Takes You Into A Suburban Fantasy World". This is based on a personal story from writer Dan Scanlon who lost his father at a young age. The story takes place in a contemporary world where no humans exist, rather magical beings such as elves, sprites, trolls, and unicorns inhabit the world. This is a tale about two brothers that go on a quest to learn about their father.

The panel ended with coverage of Pixar's Coco, complete with a musical performance.

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