Walt Disney Studios is hosting a Q&A panel at the San Diego Comic-Con featuring the imaginative director of Frankenweenie, Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland); a special look at the world of Oz The Great and Powerful with director Sam Raimi (“Spider-Man” trilogy); and the illustrious voice cast of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Wreck-It Ralph, including John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) and Sarah Silverman (“The Sarah Silverman Program”), and director Rich Moore (“Futurama”).
You can read the archived version of our live blog below:
Comment From Rachel
I can’t wait to see oz the great and powerful
ComingSoon.net: Looks pretty interesting!
Comment From Manuel Orozco
I can’t wait for wreck it Ralph
Comment From Lucy
Do you think they’re gonna release the Oz trailer right after the presentation?
ComingSoon.net: They might, we keep hearing today.
Comment From Zinia
has the Oz panel started yet?
ComingSoon.net: Disney panel hasn’t started yet.
Comment From Sarah
You ended your BD coverage too soon!
ComingSoon.net: The Host write-up now live
Comment From Evan
Do you think there will be anything from Marvel or Iron Man 3?
ComingSoon.net: No, that will be Saturday.
Comment From jesse c
looking forwerd to this pannel this was the best pannel when i atended in 2010
Silas Lesnick: The panel has started with a brand-new trailer for FRANKENWEENIE.
Silas Lesnick: It’s a really cool trailer, stylized to look like a horror film from the 1950’s.
Silas Lesnick: It also really focuses on the plot of the film beyond the original short and how all the kids in the neighborhood, jealous of Frankenweenie’s return to life, start to bring back their own pets from the dead.
Silas Lesnick: Tim Burton has taken to the stage and is talking about the decades-in-the-making journey that FRANKENWEENIE has been.
Silas Lesnick: More clips are coming! Hold on…
Silas Lesnick: The first clip shows off the elementary school of New Holland
Silas Lesnick: All the kids are decidedly offbeat and, as Tim Burton has said in the past, they’re all based on specific horror icons.
Silas Lesnick: The new teacher is an intimidating Russian man (voiced by Martin Landau)
Silas Lesnick: He explains that he’s replacing the old teacher for the time being.
Silas Lesnick: “He was hit by lightning!” says Igor.
Silas Lesnick: The teacher explains — through a strange metaphor about immigration to the US — that lightning does not HIT you
Silas Lesnick: And he goes through the scientific steps of what happens.
Silas Lesnick: “But it’s very rare,” says the teacher
Silas Lesnick: “It’s not,” says one kid, “There’s a lightning storm here almost every night.”
Silas Lesnick: The kids get into a debate about why the town is so strange and what causes the storms.
Silas Lesnick: One blames it being built on an abandoned gold mine.
Silas Lesnick: “I heard it was a graveyard,” says another.
Silas Lesnick: “It’s where they buried the miners,” the first retorts.
Silas Lesnick: Another says it’s the windmill in the town that brings evil there.
Silas Lesnick: A new scene shows Victor and Igor
Silas Lesnick: He’s made Frankenweenie and Igor wants in
Silas Lesnick: Igor goes to the pet store and looks at tank of fish (INCREDIBLE animation on the fish)
Silas Lesnick: “I want to buy one,” he says and then points to a dead, floating one, “THAT one!”
Silas Lesnick: In his attic Victor and Igor try to bring the goldfish back. It seems the fish has been vaporized, but they realize that it hasn’t: It’s alive again, but invisible.
Silas Lesnick: Tim Burton takes to the stage and is shocked by a group of fans all dressed like his characters.
Silas Lesnick: “You all look better than they do in the movie!”
Silas Lesnick: Someone asked about what Colleen Atwood is like which Burton shot back (obviously joking), “She’s a bitch!”
Silas Lesnick: The FRANKENWEENIE segment is over. Moving on to…
Silas Lesnick: OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL!
Silas Lesnick: They’re introing Sam Raimi with a montage of all his films
Silas Lesnick: Sam is saying that he loves the side of the exhibit hall floor where they sell old comics.
Silas Lesnick: He says it’s the story of a selfish man who visits a world of second chances.
Silas Lesnick: He says the film begins, like the MGM film, in Kansas
Silas Lesnick: Oz gets caught as an adulterer and is chased out of Kansas in a balloon
Silas Lesnick: That, of course, brings him to the land of Oz.
Silas Lesnick: First clip!
Silas Lesnick: It’s a trailer made specifically for SDCC and begins, like the original film, in black and white in Kansas.
Silas Lesnick: The cool thing is that the framing is 1.33:1 and, for little moments, the 3D actually crosses out of that frame into the black.
Silas Lesnick: We see Franco’s Oz in his balloon and, as he gets swept up in a tornado, the color bleeds in and the frame widens.
ComingSoon.net: EW has posted some pics;
Silas Lesnick: There’s tons of footage of throughout the world of Oz, ultimately ended with just a green witch’s hand coming up on a table.
Silas Lesnick: Surprise guests Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis have come onstage!
Silas Lesnick: Kunis is talking about how important it was to use practical sets
Silas Lesnick: Raimi has just confirmed that his Oldsmobile — famous for cameos in all his films — will, in fact, make an appearance in Oz but not in it’s full form. Part of the engine was turned into the Wizard’s machinery.
Silas Lesnick: Raimi was asked about his The Shadow project, but confirmed that he’s no longer working on it since they couldn’t nail a script properly.
Silas Lesnick: Someone is asking whether the film is based on the books or is a prequel to the Victor Fleming film.
Silas Lesnick: He says that it is based on the books, but that it nods to the film
Silas Lesnick: Raimi is confirming that he’s not allowed to use the ruby slippers
Silas Lesnick: (The ruby slippers were unique to the MGM film. The book had silver slippers.)
Silas Lesnick: “Will we see scarecrow or Tin Man?” someone asks
Silas Lesnick: No, says Raimi, because it’s about different inhabitants of Oz.
Silas Lesnick: That’s end of the Oz panel. Moving into…
Silas Lesnick: WRECK-IT RALPH!
Silas Lesnick: Director Rich Moore has taken the stage
Silas Lesnick: They’re going to show ten full minutes of the film.
Silas Lesnick: Be right back!
ComingSoon.net: The trailer for Sam Raimi’s Oz The Great and Powerful is now online to watch:
Silas Lesnick: Moore has just revealed that Skrillex will provide the soundtrack for the Hero’s Duty game within the film.
Silas Lesnick: Also, Alan Tudyk has signed on to play King Candy, the ruler of the game Sugar Rush — a game that is sort of like the combination of Mario Kart and Canyland.
Silas Lesnick: The footage begins with John C. Reilly’s Wreck-It Ralph lamenting his existence in narration
Silas Lesnick: He’s been stuck for 30 years doing the same thing and everyone hating him
Silas Lesnick: We learn that narration is actually his confession to a group call Bad-Anon, a therapy group for video game villains
Silas Lesnick: We see Boswer there, a Pac Man ghost, Dr. Robotnik and many more
Silas Lesnick: There’s a great gag where Bowser does a spit-take and shoots fireballs, complete with classic Mario sound FX
Silas Lesnick: We learn that all the games are connected through a place called “Game Central Station”
Silas Lesnick: Any character can leave one game and go to another, but there are customs check points (Ralph gets caught sneaking cherries out of Pac-Man)
Silas Lesnick: We see video posters on the wall of the station where Sonic the Hedgehog reminds people that, if you die in a game that’s not your own, you can’t regenerate.
Silas Lesnick: Ralph also runs into a down-on-his-luck Q-Bert, begging on the side of the station. Feeling bad, he gives him a cherry.
Silas Lesnick: There’s a quick scene inside “Hero’s Duty”, where Fix-It Felix compliments Jane Lynch’s character on her high-definition
Silas Lesnick: Another bit shows “Sugar Rush” where Sarah Silverman’s character is being picked on for being a glitch
Silas Lesnick: Ralph shows up to save her, chasing he bullies away
Silas Lesnick: Silverman’s voice is altered to be high-pitched, but it’s distinctly her
Silas Lesnick: She and Ralph quickly get off to an antagonistic relationship
Silas Lesnick: Sarah Silverman and John C. Reilly have come on-stage
Silas Lesnick: They joke about the Mario Bros. being divas and refusing to appear in the film
Silas Lesnick: They say there’s one more surprise coming…
Silas Lesnick: It’s a tease of THE LONE RANGER
Silas Lesnick: The focus is on the railroad, working a train into the Bruckheimer logo
Silas Lesnick: A voice explains that the train will change the American west and that it represents a brand-new power
Silas Lesnick: We see flashes of Tonto and the Ranger with Depp’s voice:
Silas Lesnick: “There comes a time, kemosabe, when a good man must wear a mask.”
Silas Lesnick: One of the final shots is Tonto clinging to the bottom of the train and we see “NOW IN PRODUCTION” with the film’s logo.
Silas Lesnick: And that’s a wrap on the Disney panel!
ComingSoon.net: Thanks Silas!