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Disney unveils upcoming animation line-up at 2013 D23 Expo: Frozen, Finding Dory, The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out, and more

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The 2013 D23 Expo has officially begun with a bang with an animation domination of the first morning. In front of thousands of fans in the D23 Arena, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, and Disneytoon Studios presented their latest lineup of upcoming feature films, led by the always entertaining John Lasseter.

Before the animation presentation began, Disney CEO Bob Iger took the stage to welcome everyone to the D23 Expo, noting every arm of the Disney company is in attendance, saying “That’s pretty cool.” A mention of Lucasfilm received the biggest applause. But fans shouldn’t expect any big “Star Wars” updates from this weekend. “We’re speechless,” said Iger. “In fact, we’re going to be somewhat speechless at this Expo.”

He emphasized that he’s been a lifelong Disney fan, amazed he is where is today. “I get to go to Disneyland whenever I want and I even get to go to the front of the line,” Iger joked. “This Expo is for you. It’s our way of saying thank you.”

Moving on to the topic at hand, Iger stated “Animation has always been and will always be the very heart of the Walt Disney Company,” ready to introduce the main event.

Highlights of the whole event are in the video below, followed by a complete recap of everything shown.

Video: Animation presentation highlights at the 2013 D23 Expo

John Lasseter excitedly took the stage, stating he’s proud to lead three animation studios. “The studio is its filmmakers,” he said, adding everyone animating for Disney is inspired by Walt Disney himself.

Lasseter built excitement with big promises “We have all sorts of D23 exclusives that you alone will see. […] We have installed seat belts in all the seats. I recommend you fasten them.”

First up on the celebrity roster, Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader, voice of the slug in “Monsters University” – which Lasseter called the “superstar” character – joined in, stating it is “a giant, giant honor to be part of a Pixar movie.” He was followed by a first look at a hilarious new “Monsters University” short called “Party Central,” showed in its entirety. It features all the cast of the hit film in a frat party filled with door antics.

Lasseter then introduced “The Good Dinosaur” with a teaser set in space that proposes the question: “What if that asteroid missed Earth?” An asteroid flew past Earth as dinosaurs looked up from eating, watched it soar by, and went back to eating. The movie’s director and producer introduced the film’s characters as farmers, including Triceratops (the bulldozers), Stegasaurus (mow down acres of crops), Ankylosaurus (haulers), Apatosaurus (plowing), and Parasaurolophus (hard to pronounce).


  1. Chaz

    Oh, goodness. Now is such an exciting time to be a Disney fan.

  2. PRATN

    LEWIS BLACK as Anger. That has gotta be the most perfect casting EVER.

  3. Jeff Lynch

    If Good Dinosaur is a hit then maybe Animal Kingdom’s dino area will get some love, with a new ride based on this movie.

    Chester & Hester’s is so awful. Maybe the whole area can be remade with the Good Dinosaur as the main focus.

  4. Jonathan

    “A video tour of their studio felt a bit forced, trying to make them appear as the next fun-loving Pixar-style environment” –
    I have to agree,and I was amazed to find out how many Disney fans (and I assume that everyone at the Expo is a big time Disney fan) did not seem to know that the Fairy movies as well as Planes were made (animated) by Prana in India.

    I also was a bit astonished that “Finding Dory” got such a huge response – I mean, everyone seems to complain about how Pixar has lost its edge and originality, that they do too many sequels – and then Finding Dory, not the completely original and daring Inside Out, get´s the biggest reaction…

  5. Chaz

    Ah, that video of Idina singing was just fantastic. I can’t wait to hear the full song in November.

  6. Tee

    If you want to see more of Disney’s animation line up through 2018 then check out Blue. Sky Disney. Last month they listed all the films that are coming from the studio, including the titles. They got Zootopia correct, and the rest look great as well.

  7. Mark

    I guess what Disney has bought over the years is still doing fine but where is the Walt Disney Animation Studio that gave us The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast? It’s a bit sad.
    And I want my 60 minutes back for watching Planes (yes it’s longer but it was that bad).

  8. Marc Morini

    I know Planes is John Lasseter’s baby just like Cars but really no one in the arena seemed too interested in it or it’s sequal. I love John but I think he may have one to many yes-men working for him at Disney now. Frozen looks like it could soon become an instant classic and I cant wait to see it.

  9. can’t wait to see Frozen!

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