D23 Expo Live Blog: Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios

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D23 Expo Live Blog: Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

D23 Expo Live Blog: Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios

Today, Friday, August 14, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Pacific time, Disney will be presenting the upcoming slates for Pixar and the Walt Disney Animation Studios at the D23 Expo! Tune into our D23 Expo live blog below to follow along with the event.

After meeting the Emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old, taking a trip to San Fransokyo, where a boy genius and his robot save the world, and falling in love with a queen with icy powers who wants to “let it go,” come see where Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios plan to take you next. In what has become a D23 Expo must-see, host John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, presents this in-depth look at the animation studios’ slate.

Filmmakers will unveil never-before-seen footage from Pixar’s upcoming The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory and Disney Animation’s Zootopia and Moana. The event will include surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by the films’ star voice talent.

Live Blog D23 Expo Live Blog: Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios

UPDATE: You can read an archived version of our live blog below. Scroll to the bottom for the start of the blog.

ComingSoon.net: Thanks Silas! And thanks everyone for listening. We’ll see you tomorrow!

6:11

Silas Lesnick: No footage, but an image of Woody and Bo Peep. It’s hard to say for sure it’s new, honestly.

6:10

Comment From Abdullah

Did we get any TS4 footage or art?

6:10

Silas Lesnick: That’s it for the animation presentation, but come back tomorrow morning for the live action presentation, which includes both Marvel and Star Wars!

6:10

Silas Lesnick: Finally, blasts of confetti just went off all over the room!

6:09

Silas Lesnick: Lots of other Toy Story characters have joined!

6:08

Silas Lesnick: They came down on ropes and are now dancing on stage

6:08

Silas Lesnick: Army men are descending from the ceiling!

6:07

ComingSoon.net: Probably with The Good Dinosaur in November.

6:07

Comment From Abdullah

Are we getting a Dory trailer today? Or any other footage publicly?

6:06

Silas Lesnick: Randy Newman is playing “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” live!

6:05

Comment From Centurium

“Coco” is Spanish for “bogeyman”

6:05

Silas Lesnick: Randy Newman has come onstage!

6:05

Silas Lesnick: I don’t know and no are the answers to those questions 🙂

6:05

EDouglasCS: Silas, when you get a chance, people are wondering about why Lee Unkrich’s movie is called Coco and if they mentioned a release date.

6:04

Silas Lesnick: Lasseter says that the story was inspired by his wife, Nancy

6:04

Silas Lesnick: Woody and Buzz head out to find Bo

6:04

Silas Lesnick: As announced earlier today, Toy Story 4 offers a romance story between Woody and Bo Peep.

6:01

Silas Lesnick: Screenwriters Will McCormick and Rashida Jones are here, too!

6:00

Silas Lesnick: Josh Cooley will co-director with Galyn Susman producing

5:59

Silas Lesnick: Lasseter himself will again direct!

5:59

Silas Lesnick: Andrew Stanton wrote a secret treatment that fit into the Toy Story franchise and they knew it was good enough to move ahead with

5:59

Silas Lesnick: The idea for TOY STORY 4 came about as a different idea at first

5:58

EDouglasCS: But why is it called Coco?

5:57

Silas Lesnick: They’re moving on to TOY STORY 4!

5:57

Silas Lesnick: The skeletons are shocked, but soon go right back to playing

5:57

Silas Lesnick: The scene ends with a band of mariachi players, but one of their faces falls off to reveal Miguel in a disguise

5:56

Silas Lesnick: They look very much like traditional skeleton art, although they all have eyeballs in their sockets

5:56

Silas Lesnick: The camera moves in to a skeleton cutout and the scene flashes to a brighly colored street, filled with singing and dancing skeletons.

5:55

Silas Lesnick: It looks very photo-feel, opening in a Mexican graveyard where people are paying their respects to the dead

5:54

Silas Lesnick: They’re about to show some test animation they did to help figure out the characters

5:53

Silas Lesnick: The main character is Miguel, a 12 year old boy living in Mexico

5:52

Silas Lesnick: They’re talking about the meaning behind the Day of the Dead and how it’s celebrated

5:50

Silas Lesnick: Toy Story 3’s Lee Unkrich is directing and has taken the stage with Producer Darla K. Anderson

5:50

Silas Lesnick: That’s the Dia de los Muertos film!

5:50

Silas Lesnick: COCO!

5:50

Silas Lesnick: That’s it for FINDING DORY! Lasseter is back, though and about to introduce…

5:48

Silas Lesnick: Hank wants the tag that the aquarium put on her. If he takes it, he can escape and she can stay and find her family

5:47

Silas Lesnick: We see Hank use his camouflage stills as a “Hang in There, Baby” kitten poster actually transforms into the octopus

5:47

Silas Lesnick: Another clip has Dory captured by the Monterey institute and put in a tank.

5:45

Silas Lesnick: Destiny and Bailey are neighbors and have a sibling type of relationship

5:44

Silas Lesnick: She’s confused as to whether or not she’s a whale or a shark

5:44

Silas Lesnick: Kaitlin Olson will voice a whale shark named Destiny

5:44

Silas Lesnick: It’s basically him putting his fins to his temples and going “ooooooo”

5:43

Silas Lesnick: There’s a quick clip of Bailey using his echolocation skills, excited to help

5:43

ComingSoon.net: Here’s Ed O’Neill’s Hank, the Septopus! https://pbs.twimg.com/media…

5:42

Silas Lesnick: Bailey is at the marine institute in Monterey because he thinks he has a massive head injury, unaware that all belugas look like that.

5:42

Silas Lesnick: Burrell is also here!

5:41

Silas Lesnick: There’s a beluga whale named Bailey, voiced by Ty Burrell

5:41

Silas Lesnick: They’re showing a “walk test” for Hank, which isn’t entirely rendered

5:39

Silas Lesnick: O’Neill is now on stage!

5:39

Silas Lesnick: Named Hank, he’s voiced by Ed O’Neill

5:39

Silas Lesnick: There’s a seven-armed octopus who is “a bit of a curmudgeon

5:39

Silas Lesnick: They’re introducing new characters!

5:39

Silas Lesnick: Somehow, Marlin, Nemo and Dory make it to Monterey, CA

5:38

EDouglasCS: I can’t believe it…. Ellen at D23?!?

5:38

Silas Lesnick: The clip has ended and Ellen has taken the stage in a surprise appearance!

5:37

Silas Lesnick: “But I know a guy…”

5:37

Silas Lesnick: He sighs.

5:37

Silas Lesnick: “No,” says Marlin.

5:37

Silas Lesnick: “You can get us all the way across the ocean, right dad?” asks Nemo

5:36

Silas Lesnick: She says she has to go. She suddenly remembers them and how much it hurts to miss them

5:36

Silas Lesnick: She wants to go find them, but Marlin tries to stop her

5:35

Silas Lesnick: The next day, Dory remembers: She has to find her family.

5:35

Silas Lesnick: (Monterey is home to a big aquarium in real life. It’s the one they shot Star Trek IV at!)

5:34

Silas Lesnick: She mentions something about “the pride of Monterey, California”

5:34

Silas Lesnick: She’s sleep-swimming and talking in her sleep

5:34

Silas Lesnick: That night, Dory dreams about her parents and Nemo overhears her

5:33

Silas Lesnick: They’re showing in clip that takes place right after Dory, on a field trip, has a flashback that knocks her out. When she wakes up, she tries to remember what it was that happened

5:32

Silas Lesnick: Hayden Rolence is the young star who will be voicing Nemo because the original actor is too old now

5:31

Silas Lesnick: They’re voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy

5:31

Silas Lesnick: They’re showing drawings of Jenny and Charlie, Dory’s mom and dad

5:30

Silas Lesnick: Stanton found the worst seat and the house and hit a special post-it note drawing under it for whoever is sitting in it.

5:30

Silas Lesnick: Director Andrew Stanton, co-director Angus MacLane and Producer Lindsay Collins have come on stage

5:28

Silas Lesnick: They’re showing a reel of all the times Ellen has suggested a Finding Nemo 2 on her show

5:27

Silas Lesnick: FINDING DORY is up now!

5:27

Silas Lesnick: Finally, they both look above the cloudline and see the brilliant light of the sun stretch across the cloud cover

5:27

Silas Lesnick: Arlo tosses Spot into the clouds, catching him mid-run. Spot wants to do it again.

5:26

Silas Lesnick: They race through a field of white birds, all of which take off and begin to fill the sky as Arlo runs

5:25

Silas Lesnick: Mid-run, Spot climbs on Arlo’s back and then his head

5:25

Silas Lesnick: In it, Arlo and Spot race along the side of a river

5:25

Silas Lesnick: They’re ending THE GOOD DINOSAUR presentation with a final clip

5:25

Silas Lesnick: The Rustlers appear to be long-haired dinosaurs that hide in the tall grass. One appears and says, “Howdy” just as the scene ends

5:23

Silas Lesnick: Butch wants them to lie in wait from a tactical point in the mountains and sends Arlo and spot in to scare out the “Rustlers”

5:23

Silas Lesnick: “We’ve gotta move,” he says as they run, coming across a herd of buffalo-things

5:22

Silas Lesnick: They find a blue feather and Butch says it’s a sign of “rustlers”

5:22

Silas Lesnick: The Rexes are looking for a lost herd and Arlo and Spot are helping them track

5:21

Silas Lesnick: Another clip has Spot and Arlo alongside the T. Rex family

5:21

Silas Lesnick: There’s a family of T.Rexes: Sam Elliot is Butch, Anna Paquin is Ramsey and AJ Buckley is Nash

5:21

Silas Lesnick: There’s a triceratops who has small animals living on him. He believes that each gives him different powers.

5:20

Silas Lesnick: Weird little black-eyed mice things and lizards

5:20

Silas Lesnick: They’re showing off a lot of creature designs

5:19

Silas Lesnick: Arlo joins Spot in howling as the scene fades out

5:19

Silas Lesnick: Alro speaks, but not Spot

5:19

Comment From Nitty

Can Arlo and/or Spot speak? Or is it more of a ‘silent-type’ film like Wall-E

5:18

Silas Lesnick: Spot comes over and embraces Arlo. Then Spot begins to howl at the night

5:18

Silas Lesnick: Arlo lays down the stick that represents his father, pushing dirt over it. Saddened, he lays his head on the dirt and begins to cry.

5:17

Silas Lesnick: Then he knocks the mother and father down and shows that he’s all alone

5:17

Silas Lesnick: Spot doesn’t seem to understand, but then gets sticks of his own. He just has a mother and father in his, though

5:16

Silas Lesnick: Sorry, explain it to Spot.

5:16

Silas Lesnick: Arlo is happy for a moment, but then realize that he misses his family. He tries to explain it to Arlo with sticks

5:15

Silas Lesnick: Spot chases after them, trying to bite them

5:15

Silas Lesnick: They’re showing another clip that has Arlo walking with Spot. Arlo swishes his tale over the grass, causing fireflies to rise

5:14

Silas Lesnick: In many ways, Spot was modeled on a dog as far as his personality goes

5:14

Silas Lesnick: He winds up running into Spot, a feral human child who, despite his tiny size, has no fear whatsoever

5:13

Silas Lesnick: Arlo is lost and terrified in the wilderness, but decides to follow the river

5:13

Silas Lesnick: The first clip is just Arlo being swept along the river, hitting his head on a massive rock

5:12

Silas Lesnick: He also winds up falling into a river and getting swept away from home

5:11

Silas Lesnick: But Arlo loses his dad at the beginning of the film

5:11

Silas Lesnick: Arlo has trouble being away from his dad

5:11

Silas Lesnick: They live at the base of Claw Tooth Mountain

5:11

Silas Lesnick: Jeffrey Wright and Frances McDormand will voice the parents

5:11

Silas Lesnick: They’re showing off Arlo’s family. He’s got a mother, father and a brother and sister

5:10

Silas Lesnick: The environment is going to be as photo-real as possible

5:10

Silas Lesnick: They’re showing off some photo-real test footage from THE GOOD DINOSAUR

5:09

EDouglasCS: Thanks!

5:09

Silas Lesnick: The entire short. It’s pretty brief.

5:09

EDouglasCS: Silas, did they show the entire Riley short or just a clip?

5:07

Silas Lesnick: He’s talking about how he and his brother would imitate any movie they saw

5:06

Silas Lesnick: Sohn has a storyboard pitch presentation about his own life, illustrated with partially-animated drawings he made

5:05

Silas Lesnick: He was also the inspiration for Russell in UP

5:05

Silas Lesnick: Sohn was the director of the short film “Partly Cloudy”. He also voiced Emile in RATATOUILLE and Squishy in MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

5:04

Silas Lesnick: Director Peter Sohn and Producer Denise Ream are here

5:04

Silas Lesnick: They’re moving on to THE GOOD DINOSAUR

5:03

Silas Lesnick: and the inside of his own head and emotions

5:03

Silas Lesnick: We do go back into Riley’s head with all the voices returning, but most of the short is from the dad’s perspective

5:03

Silas Lesnick: It’s a great little short! It’s more about Riley’s parents than anything. Basically, the kid from the hockey game comes over and, while the dad sits with him in the kitchen, the mom goes upstairs to try and pry information about whether or not it’s a date from Riley

4:58

Silas Lesnick: It’ll be on the Inside Out blu-ray this fall, but it sounds like they’re gonna show it right now

4:57

Silas Lesnick: Story Supervisor Josh Cooley wound up coming with an idea for an Inside Out short film, “Riley’s First Date?” (with a “?”)

4:55

Silas Lesnick: They really liked the moment between Riley and the boy she meets at a hockey game

4:54

Silas Lesnick: Lasster just exited with Joy and Sadness

4:54

Silas Lesnick: Peter Docter and Jonas Rivera have come onstage alongside costumed versions of Joy and Sadness

4:54

Silas Lesnick: because it makes people thing differently about their emotions and their memories

4:54

Silas Lesnick: He says that he thinks INSIDE OUT is one of the most important films Pixar has ever made

4:52

Silas Lesnick: Lasseter is back, reflecting on ten years of Pixar being a part of the Disney family

4:49

Silas Lesnick: A sizzle reel has started, showing off all the films in Pixar’s history

4:49

Silas Lesnick: It looks like it’s Pixar time!

4:47

Silas Lesnick: They’ve got a bunch of dancers coming out now. There’s a half dozen of them on either side of the auditorium

4:46

Silas Lesnick: They lyrics end up incorporating some English lines, after a bit.

4:46

ComingSoon.net: Looks like the music group is Te Vaka http://www.tevaka.com

4:44

Silas Lesnick: They’re performing a song from the movie live right now!

4:42

Silas Lesnick: He’s teaching the audience to sing some of Maui’s cries

4:41

Silas Lesnick: A band from the South Pacific has joined Johnson on stage

4:41

Silas Lesnick: He’s saying there’s one more big surprise…

4:40

Silas Lesnick: He’s genuinely moved by the love that went into the film

4:40

Silas Lesnick: Johnson is crying!

4:39

Silas Lesnick: The scene ends with Moana as an adult, standing against the sunset and clutching a shell that the ocean gave her

4:38

Silas Lesnick: As a child, Moana meets the ocean on a beach. It’s not personified in any way, but the water shifts to greet the young girl, building a dry path that she walks along, watching creatures within the sea around her

4:38

EDouglasCS: (I think they’re running late)

4:38

EDouglasCS: They’re going to perform a song from the movie, too… Disney’s press release just spoiled it 🙂

4:37

Silas Lesnick: They’re showing another test scene with Moana and her best friend, the ocean itself

4:36

Silas Lesnick: Maui is the demigod that Johnson plays. Moana is the lead, but we haven’t found out who is playing her yet

4:36

Comment From Nitty

Wait so Maui is the female protagonist? I am kinda confused xD

4:36

Silas Lesnick: They’re showing footage of the volcano creature, an immense woman made out of lava

4:36

Silas Lesnick: Moe-Ah-na

4:35

Comment From Aiden

How are they pronouncing Moana?

4:35

Silas Lesnick: CGI

4:35

Comment From RobMan

Is it 2D or CGi?

4:35

Silas Lesnick: There’s a land beneath the ocean and a massive volcano creature

4:35

EDouglasCS: Which one is voiced by Alan Tudyk?

4:35

Silas Lesnick: She’s looking for a legendary lost island

4:34

Silas Lesnick: She runs off with her pig, Pua and a cranky rooster, Hei Hei

4:34

Silas Lesnick: “I’m sorry,” says Musker, “But this is a Disney movie”

4:34

Silas Lesnick: Soon she loses her grandmother, who meant everything to her

4:33

Silas Lesnick: In the story, Maui is forbidden from exploring by her father

4:33

Silas Lesnick: They both look confused, much to Maui’s chagrin

4:33

Silas Lesnick: It turns out he’s talking to Moana, who seems to have a pig for a sidekick

4:32

Silas Lesnick: It’s narrated by Johnson and begins within his tattoos, telling the history of his might

4:32

Silas Lesnick: They’re showing some footage!

4:31

Silas Lesnick: Maui used to be a man and has always found himself stuck between two worlds

4:31

Silas Lesnick: Johnson jokes that what makes Maui so handsome is his hair.

4:29

Silas Lesnick: He’s here with his daughter, who is celebrating her birthday today

4:29

Silas Lesnick: He has desperately wanted to perform in a Disney animated film

4:28

Silas Lesnick: He’s talking about his history as an actor and how his secret goal has been to join the Disney family

4:27

Silas Lesnick: Johnson is filming himself with his phone, so expect his entrance to make a social media appearance before too long

4:26

Silas Lesnick: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson!

4:26

Silas Lesnick: Voicing Maui, is the next surprise guest…

4:26

Silas Lesnick: He can create islands by using his hook to pull them out of the sea

4:26

Silas Lesnick: He can change shape and carries a magical giant fish hook

4:25

Silas Lesnick: He’s covered in tattoos and they’re actually animated themselves in the film

4:25

Silas Lesnick: Maui is a legendary demi-gold and also one of the characters

4:25

Silas Lesnick: Tui is Moana’s father and he’s the Chief

4:25

Silas Lesnick: MOANA explains why that happened

4:24

Silas Lesnick: In actual history, the people of the South Pacific were known for their incredible ability to navigate. 3,000 years ago, however, the navigators stopped before resuming 1,000 years later

4:23

Silas Lesnick: There’s a team of people consulting from the South Pacific to keep the film as grounded in the culture as possible

4:22

Silas Lesnick: The musical team for this one one includes Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda

4:21

Silas Lesnick: Moana is also music-heavy

4:20

Silas Lesnick: Directors John Musker and Ron Clements are here with producer Osnat Shurer

4:19

Silas Lesnick: They’re moving into MOANA

4:18

Silas Lesnick: “You can toss him in the air //

You can comb his tiny hair //

My fluffy, stuffy, puffy little man”

4:17

Silas Lesnick: She’s singing about how great it is to own a little man

4:16

Silas Lesnick: This song is from when Eema first meets Jack

4:15

Silas Lesnick: They’ve got the storyboards alongside the song

4:14

Silas Lesnick: They’re going to sing a song from GIGANTIC

4:14

Silas Lesnick: Best known for FROZEN, both have come on stage!

4:14

Silas Lesnick: The film will feature new songs by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez!

4:12

Silas Lesnick: They’re about to reveal a few new things…

4:12

ComingSoon.net: It’s opening in 2018.

4:12

Silas Lesnick: Greno says that his big aim with GIGANTIC was to bring genuine emotion to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk

4:11

Silas Lesnick: The plot has this girl and the tiny jack trying to stop 120 feet tall storm giants

4:11

Silas Lesnick: It’s the same film, but a new title

4:11

Comment From reptile

is it the same thing or different from Disney’s “Giants” scheduled for release on March 9 2018?

4:10

Silas Lesnick: They were so enthralled with the bigger than life personality of this girl they met in Spain that they based the character off of her

4:10

ComingSoon.net: Gigantic artwork! https://pbs.twimg.com/media…

4:09

Silas Lesnick: Eema (not sure on spelling) is the giantess female lead and she’s based on a real kid they met in Spain. She’s an eleven year old girl in the film

4:09

Silas Lesnick: We’ll see a lot in the giant world

4:08

Silas Lesnick: Jack is Spanish in this version of the story

4:08

Silas Lesnick: The aesthetic looks a lot like Tangled

4:08

Silas Lesnick: The concept art was was 2D, but I’m almost certain it’s 3D

4:08

ComingSoon.net: Here is Shakira’s Gazelle, the biggest pop star in #Zootopia https://pbs.twimg.com/media…

4:07

Comment From Lampost

Is it CG?

4:07

Silas Lesnick: The biggest change seems to be that the clouds hold a whole giant city. It looks like we’re going to get a new giantess Disney princess who befriends Jack

4:05

Silas Lesnick: They’re about to show a development reel

4:05

Silas Lesnick: Director Nathan Greno is joining producer Dorothy McKim to talk about it

4:04

Silas Lesnick: Apparently, a massive beanstalk has just been revealed on the show floor, too

4:04

Silas Lesnick: So that’s what they’re officially announcing: an animated film called GIGANTIC

4:04

Silas Lesnick: But one of the films he feels never got a definitive animated version is Jack and the Beanstalk

4:03

Silas Lesnick: Zootopia is done and Lasseter is back, talking about how a number of Disney animated films have gone live action

4:03

Silas Lesnick: They find that the car they’re looking for is a limo in Tundra Town. Getting outside, though, Hopps is shocked to find out that it’s already dark out.

4:02

Silas Lesnick: Wilde tells Flash a joke and his face as he slowly, slowly gets it received a ton of laughs

4:01

Silas Lesnick: This one looks really funny. Hopps attempting to politely deal with a super-slow moving sloth gives tons of opportunities for funny character faces and reactions

3:59

Silas Lesnick: They’re after one particular sloth named Flash

3:59

Silas Lesnick: Things there move sloooooowly.

3:59

Silas Lesnick: Everyone at the DMV is a sloth!

3:59

Silas Lesnick: In it, they’ve got to visit the DMV (the department of mammal vehicles) because Wilde claims to have a friend there that can help them

3:58

Silas Lesnick: They’ve got one last Zootopia scene, which they say is one of their favorites

3:58

Silas Lesnick: The song is called “Try Anything”

3:57

Silas Lesnick: In the video, she’s recording a song that she sings in the film

3:57

Silas Lesnick: She plays a gazelle and they’ve got a video message from her

3:56

Silas Lesnick: The first surprise announcement is that Shakira will provide a voice!

3:55

Silas Lesnick: (missing person = missing otter)

3:54

Silas Lesnick: Soon, though, she’s assigned to a missing persons case and her only lead is tied to Wilde

3:54

Silas Lesnick: Hopps is furious that not only has she been duped, but that Wilde is living up to his stereotype as being sly

3:53

Silas Lesnick: After the clip, they’re explaining that Hopps catches Wilde melting down the ice cream and re-selling it to lemmings

3:52

Silas Lesnick: “This is Zootopia,” she tells him, “Where anyone can be anything”

3:52

Silas Lesnick: Wilde walks out with a massive ice cream bar and Hopps gives the little kid a badge.

3:52

Silas Lesnick: Hopps’ heart is moved, too, and, when Wilde realizes he doesn’t have any money, she volunteers to pay

3:51

Silas Lesnick: Wilde delivers a moving speech about how the young fox desperately wants to be an elephant, moving the clerk to change his mind

3:51

Silas Lesnick: The elephant at the counter won’t serve them, though, because he says the ice cream is too big and messy for someone that small

3:51

Silas Lesnick: Wilde has a small fox child dressed in an elephant costume with him

3:50

Silas Lesnick: “Good thing I eat like a horse,” says Hopps when she sees it, accidentally offending a horse right behind her

3:50

Silas Lesnick: The elephant clientele seem to like it a lot

3:50

Silas Lesnick: The ice cream is served in a massive ball, covering in dozens of shelled peanuts and a single cherry on top.

3:49

Silas Lesnick: They say this is the scene where she meets Jason Bateman’s Nick Wilde

3:49

Silas Lesnick: Things are looking up, so she visits an elephant ice cream parlor and that’s where our first clip begins!

3:48

Silas Lesnick: Hopps decides that she’s going to prove herself by being the best parking attendant out there

3:48

Silas Lesnick: All the big assignments go to bigger animals, though

3:48

Silas Lesnick: She’s assigned parking duty, though, because she’s such a small rabbit

3:48

Silas Lesnick: Hopps is a small town rabbit who has come to Zootopia with a desire to prove herself

3:47

Silas Lesnick: Holloway voiced quite a few Disney characters, including Winnie the Pooh

3:47

Silas Lesnick: She and her husband (she calls him ‘Prince Charming’) just bought a house and it turns out it was the former home of voice actor Sterling Holloway

3:46

Silas Lesnick: “My illness goes way back,” she says, showing some actual photos from herself as a kid surrounded by all things Disney

3:46

Silas Lesnick: She’s talking about being a “Disney-obsessive”

3:45

Silas Lesnick: And Goodwin herself has come onstage!

3:45

Silas Lesnick: Judy Hopps is the lead character. She’s a rabbit police officer voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin

3:44

Silas Lesnick: Even though it’s concept art, the Bunny Burrow image has a sign with a population counter that’s rapidly ticking up

3:44

Silas Lesnick: They’re showing some concept art of the various areas of the city. Different species live in different zones, like “Tundra Town,” “Bunny Burrow” and “The Rainforest District”

3:43

Silas Lesnick: The city itself is designed specifically for animals. They want it to feel like a city that would actually be built by anthropomorphic animals

3:42

Silas Lesnick: The answer is: with extreme confidence. They showed a brief clip of a tiger dancing in a towel

3:42

Silas Lesnick: One big question they needed to figure out: “How does a tiger dance?”

3:42

Silas Lesnick: They’ve got a clip of an elephant serving ice cream, using his trunk to scoop it

3:41

Silas Lesnick: They have footage they shot of a camel running. They needed to find a way to match the four-legged running style on two legs

3:41

Silas Lesnick: They’re also showing off a Rhino character, specifically the level of detail in his skin

3:40

Silas Lesnick: That’s reflected in the film and they’re showing a model of a polar bear character

3:40

Silas Lesnick: They learned that a polar bear’s hair is not white, but actually clear!

3:40

Silas Lesnick: Howard says it made a huge impact on the film, particularly in terms of how they designed the animals themselves

3:39

Silas Lesnick: Which led to a safari in Kenya!

3:39

Silas Lesnick: They started at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but Lasseter wanted them to see animals in the wild

3:38

Silas Lesnick: As Disney fans probably already know, the filmmakers take tours of interesting locations tied to their film to help the development process

3:38

Silas Lesnick: They’re talking about the research phase of Zootopia

3:37

Silas Lesnick: Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore have come onstage alongside producer Clark Spencer

3:36

Silas Lesnick: He says one of his all-time favorites from Disney is “The Wind in the Willows”

3:36

Silas Lesnick: He really wanted a new “talking animal movie”

3:36

Silas Lesnick: It is set to hit theaters March 4, 2016

3:35

Silas Lesnick: The first film… Zootopia!

3:35

Silas Lesnick: He reminds artists, “Walt Disney’s name is going to be on this. Aim high.”

3:34

Silas Lesnick: He said his whole goal in 2006 was to change the studio from one run by executives into one run by filmmakers

3:34

Silas Lesnick: Lasseter is talking about taking on his role running Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2006

3:33

Silas Lesnick: The reel just ended. It was all old footage, but edited together really well to show off the decades of films that have passed through the studio

3:33

Comment From Lasseter Fan

l thanks for live updating

3:32

ComingSoon.net: No video taping or photos allowed.

3:32

Comment From RobMan

Anywhere where I might find a video live stream of this? Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate what you’re doing, but I would like to see video.

3:30

Silas Lesnick: It’s another sizzle reel, looking back on the studio’s big screen legacy, dating back to Snow White in 1937

3:29

Silas Lesnick: He’s starting with Walt Disney Animation Studios

3:29

Silas Lesnick: He promises “unbelievable things that no one else has ever seen before”

3:29

Silas Lesnick: He’s teasing that a lot of filmmakers will be coming out to share their films

3:28

Silas Lesnick: He’s talking about how proud he is of the studio’s legacy

3:27

Silas Lesnick: Shirt time is done we’re moving on…

3:26

Silas Lesnick: He’s blasting shirts left and right

3:26

Silas Lesnick: They just brought him a shirt cannon, which he’s pretty happy to wield

3:25

Silas Lesnick: He’s throwing a few shirts into the crowd

3:24

Silas Lesnick: Lasseter is on stage now, wearing a Haiwaan shirt designed specifically for the expo

3:23

Silas Lesnick: He has over 500!

3:23

Silas Lesnick: He’s joking about Lasseter’s Hawaiian shirt collection

3:23

Silas Lesnick: Here comes John Lasseter, who will be hosting the panel!

3:22

Silas Lesnick: But he’s moving on for now, talking about the success of Big Hero 6 and Inside Out

3:22

Silas Lesnick: “As you know,” he says, “We’re hard at work on a sequel.”

3:21

Silas Lesnick: “I’m that close to getting that song out of my head,” he jokes

3:21

Silas Lesnick: He’s looking back on a couple of projects, beginning with Frozen

3:20

Silas Lesnick: Horn is reiterating that today’s focus is on the animated slate

3:19

Silas Lesnick: We’ll probably see a lot more tomorrow

3:19

Silas Lesnick: Some quick flashes, but nothing substantial

3:19

EDouglasCS: Surprised there isn’t a Beauty and the Beast poster out there yet.

3:19

Comment From Brian

Any shots of Pirates 5?

3:19

Silas Lesnick: She looks perfect in the role. I’m really excited for this one!

3:18

Comment From Dnerd

What do you think of Emma’s belle look?

3:18

Silas Lesnick: “How about that sizzle reel?” he asks to raucous applause

3:18

Silas Lesnick: Disney Chairman Alan Horn is taking the stage…

3:18

Silas Lesnick: It all ends with the “Chewie, we’re home” clip

3:17

Silas Lesnick: Also the logo for The BFG and some flashes from Their Finest Hours

3:16

Silas Lesnick: A quick shot of Emma Watson as Belle!

3:16

Silas Lesnick: The Civil War scene reuses the “Take that away and what are you line?” line from Avengers

3:16

Silas Lesnick: Lots of quick shots

3:16

Silas Lesnick: Beauty and the Beast! Finding Dory!

3:16

Silas Lesnick: It’s turning into new clips! Good Dinosaur, Civil War…

3:15

Silas Lesnick: They’re playing a montage of various Disney films, both live-action and animated

3:15

Silas Lesnick: The lights have gone down…

3:13

Silas Lesnick: They’re playing an announcement about not taking photos/videos.

3:12

Silas Lesnick: I think we’re starting!

3:11

ComingSoon.net: Still waiting for the presentation to start. Was scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Pacific Time.

3:11

Comment From Centurium

What’s happening at the moment?

3:01

Silas Lesnick: It looks like the place is getting pretty packed, so we should be starting any moment now.

2:59

ComingSoon.net: Check out our D23 Expo hub for all the updates today so far: http://www.comingsoon.net/h…

2:59

Silas Lesnick: Here’s some teaser posters for The Incredibles 2, Cars 3, Toy Story 4 and more – http://www.comingsoon.net/m…

2:58

ComingSoon.net: Thanks Jeb.

2:58

Comment From Jeb

Let it goooo

2:57

Silas Lesnick: If you haven’t already checked them out, there have been a few Disney animated feature reveals here at D23 already

2:57

ComingSoon.net: Who wants to volunteer and sing “Let It Go” while we wait?

2:56

Silas Lesnick: Hey everybody! I’m sitting down in the new presentation hall right now and things should be getting started very shortly!

2:52

ComingSoon.net: We have a feeling you’ll be learning A LOT. 🙂

2:52

Comment From Chris Etrata

Hoping for release date for incredibles 2

2:52

Comment From Centurium

The final announcement will probably be the release date for “Frozen 2”!

2:51

ComingSoon.net: Yeah!

2:51

Comment From Al

Fingers crossed Wreck-It Ralph 2 is announced…

2:50

ComingSoon.net: That would be cool.

2:50

Comment From II

FINDING DORY TRAILER HYPE.

2:47

ComingSoon.net: Silas Lesnick will be live-blogging from the presentation, so stay tuned. It is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Pacific Time.

2:46

ComingSoon.net: Hello!

2:46

Comment From Jordan

Hello ! =)

2:45

ComingSoon.net: We’ll have to wait and see, but Disney is usually pretty good about bringing material online right after.

2:45

Comment From Salero

Will they allow pictures for some of the content? Do you think the content will be released online shortly after the presentation?

1:55

ComingSoon.net: Welcome to ComingSoon.net’s live blog of the Pixar and the Walt Disney Animation Studios presentation at D23 Expo. The event is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Pacific Time. Please stay tuned.

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