[ D23 Expo ] News Round Up
It’s D23 Expo this weekend, a biannual gathering in Anaheim of Disney fans and creators to celebrate the past, present and future of Disney Entertainment. Much like our beloved San Diego Comic Con which happens next weekend, D23 is a place for Mickey Mouse and his staff to reveal news, trailers, and other announcements about any upcoming movies, television shows, or video games they are working on.
The Expo is all weekend, but here are some of the really cool things we’ve learned so far.
“Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”
Disney had a critical hit with the gamers with 2012’s “Wreck-It Ralph”, so the sequel has a lot to live up to. They had already announced that the sequel was bringing Ralph and Vanellope to the World Wide Web when the arcade gets WiFi, but thanks to a new clip showed a D23 now we know some of the interesting characters they will be meeting out there. In the clip we find our heroes being shown around the internet, during which the pair visit OhMyDisney.com. That’s where they are met by a plethora of Disney and nerd references that are enough to make Disney fans of all ages weep with excitement. There are Star Wars references with the Millennium Falcon and C-3PO, and Marvel ties with Big Hero 6’s Baymax and a cameo from Stan Lee. And to truly make this the most “Disney” thing to ever happen, they’ve dumped your six year old niece’s toy box into this movie with a group of Disney princesses voiced by their original voice actresses. Jodi Benson as Ariel, Paige O’Hara as Belle, Linda Larkin as Jasmine, Ming Na Wen as Mulan, Idina Menzel as Elsa, Kristen Bell as Anna, Irene Bedard as Pocahontas, Anika Noni Rose as Tiana, Mandy Moore as Rapunzel, Kelly Macdonald as Merida, and the newbie princess Auli’i Cravalho as Moana were all in the clip.
Then they took this picture together and adults refused to admit how happy it made them.
“Toy Story 4”
The man who made the Toy Story franchise the massive hit that is is. John Lasseter, is stepping down as director of the fourth film in the franchise. Disney and Pixar are bringing in the new guy, Josh Cooley, to finish the film. Lasseter is staying on as executive producer and will be working closely with Cooley to make sure we get the Toy Story movie we all want to see.
“Untitled Pixar Film”
Disney and Pixar have announced another upcoming movie they are working on, calling this one “a suburban fantasy world”. Unless you count a world of sentient cars, this film headed by the man behind “Monsters Inc.”, Dan Scanlon, will be the first Pixar movie set in a fully fantasy world. A small description of the movie was revealed in a press release:
“According to Scanlon, who lost his father at a very young age, the film is inspired by the question he’s always asked: who was my father? The story is set in a world with no humans—only elves, trolls and sprites—’anything that would be on the side of a van in the ’70s,’ said the director. ‘In the film, we’re going to tell the story of two teenage elf brothers whose father died when they were too young to remember him. But thanks to the little magic still left in the world, the boys embark on a quest that will allow them a chance to spend one last magical day with their father.’”
Someone is either cutting onions nearby or the description of this movie is hitting me right in the daddy issues.
No release date or title has been released yet.
“The Incredibles 2”
Now it’s time to talk about the hugely anticipated sequel to my favourite Pixar movie- The Incredibles!
Director Brad Bird took the stage to introduce the cast, consisting mostly of returning actors Craig T. Nelson as Bob/Mr. Incredible), Holly Hunter as Helen/Elastigirl, Sarah Vowell as their daughter Violet, and Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone, but also newcomer Huck Milner who is the new voice of Dash since the original actor is now too old to voice a child.
Bird says the sequel will take place shortly after the previous film with Bob and Helen trying to get used to a new lifestyle as Helen is juggling being a mom and a super heroine, while Bob tries his hand at being a stay at home dad. Then there’s their youngest kid Jack-Jack, who they don’t realize has super powers as well. At least not at first…
A new clip from the movie that Expo attendees got to see reveals how they find out about their supper powered toddler. The clip shows an altercation that Jack-Jack has with a raccoon in which he uses several super powers borrowed from various Marvel characters like Nightcrawler’s teleportation, Human Torch ‘s signature ‘Flame On’, Cyclops’ laser eyes, elastic skin like his mom and like Mr. Fantastic, and an ability to multiply himself much like Multiple Man. And of course, Mr. Incredible witnesses this raccoon fight and the cat is out of the bag.
The Incredibles 2 hits theatres June 15th, 2018.
Stay tuned to The GCE for more details from D23 Expo!