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The whole lot we learned at D23 Expo′s Pixar and Walt Disney Animation panel


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The Walt Disney Company revealed latest details about its upcoming slate of animated movies and TV shows during its Pixar and Disney Animation Studios panel on the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California Friday.

Animated movies released theatrically have floundered on the box office within the wake of the pandemic. At first, parents were reticent to bring kids back to cinemas, but now it appears that evidently lackluster titles and a rise in kid’s content on streaming have contributed to keeping families at home.

Disney has exacerbated this issue since movie theaters reopened, because it has placed nearly all of its latest Pixar movies on Disney+ including “Turning Red,” “Soul” and “Luca.” While these decisions were made at time when vaccinations were either not available to children and moviegoing foot traffic was slow, it trained consumers to expect these titles on streaming.

It’s a part of the explanation that “Lightyear” had a lackluster opening in theaters this summer. After all, the film was also hurt by a confusing premise that deviated from what made the Toy Story franchise so special.

Disney revealed ew titles from Pixar and its Walt Disney Animation Studio in addition to movies related to its live-action remakes during Friday’s panel. It’s going to also share which movies will head to theaters and which can arrive by the use of Disney+.


Pete Docter, the chief creative officer of Pixar, took the stage on the D23 Expo to announce latest titles from the animation studio that can arrive in theaters and on Disney+ in the approaching years.

“Elemental,” arriving in summer 2023, tells the story of a bustling metropolis where earth, air, fire and water elements live. But when a hearth girl and a water boy develop a connection the 2 must navigate learn how to interact while being polar opposites. Director Peter Sohn noted the film also touches on themes of immigration and finding your home on the planet.

The corporate is launching its first ever long-form series on Disney+ called “Win or Lose.” The show is the brain child of two storyboard artists and tells the story of the Pickles softball team within the week ahead of their championship game. Each episode takes place throughout the same week, but from a perspective of a distinct foremost character.

“Elio” is a latest project from the studio that centers on an 11-year-old named Elio who’s just attempting to slot in. His mother is working on a top secret military project to decode alien messages, but its Elio who by accident makes first contact and becomes the de facto emissary for Earth. The film will debut in spring 2024.

Amy Poehler joined Docter on stage to announce Pixar will likely be making a sequel to 2015’s “Inside Out.” Riley is now an adolescent and there are latest emotions joining the combination. The movie arrives in summer 2024.

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Jennifer Lee, chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios, announced several latest projects from the studio.

To begin, Lee said “Zootopia+” will arrive in November. The show is a series of shorts following major characters from the 2016 feature film.

Disney is partnering with Kugali Media to bring “Iwaju” to Disney+. The series is about in Nigeria and follows a young heiress named Tola and a poor boy named Kole. It arrives on the streaming service in 2023.

The studio shared a trailer of “Strange Worlds,” which arrives in theaters Thanksgiving 2022. The film centers on the Clades, a family of explorers, who must depend on one another despite their differences to traverse an uncharted and treacherous latest land.

“Wish” is Disney Animations 2023 feature film. It explores how the dreaming star, upon which so many Disney characters have wished upon, got here to be. The film is about inside the Kingdom of Roses and follows Asha, an optimist with a pointy wit. Asha sees a darkness in the dominion that nobody else does, so in a moment of desperation she makes a passionate plea to the celebs. This calls down an actual star from the sky named Star with magical wish-granting powers.

Asha is played by Ariana DeBose as Asha and Alan Tudyk as Valentino, a goat. DeBose sang an original song from the film and Tudyk ran through his repertoire of Disney characters including Duke Weaselton from “Frozen,” Hei Hei from “Moana” and King Candy from “Wreck-it Ralph.”


Ahead of reveals about its animated content, Disney unveiled latest trailers for “Hocus Pocus 2,” which arrives on Disney+ Sept. 30, in addition to “Disenchanted,” the sequel to 2007’s “Enchanted,” out on the streaming service Nov 24.

On the heels of the discharge of “Pinocchio” on Disney+ on Thursday, the studio announced a slew of recent additions to its catalog of Disney live-action remakes.

“Peter Pan & Wendy” starring Alexander Molony as Peter, Ever Anderson as Wendy and Alyssa Wapanatahk as Tiger Lily is slated for release on Disney+ in 2023. Jude Law portrays Captain Hook.

“Haunted Mansion” is slated to reach in theaters March 10, 2023. Directed by Justin Simien, a former Disneyland forged member, the film is full of Easter eggs culled from the famous Disney parks ride. Throughout the panel, Simien announced that Jamie Lee Curtis will star as Madam Leota within the film.

Barry Jenkin’s formerly untitled Lion King project known as “Mufasa: The Lion King” and tells the origin story of Mufasa from cub to king. Clips shared with audiences on the D23 Expo shows the identical stunning visuals as 2019’s “The Lion King” and can arrive in theaters in 2024.

The corporate also shared a transient glimpse of “Snow White” due out in theaters in 2024. The film stars Rachel Zegler because the title character and Gal Gadot because the Evil Queen. Fans erupted in applause when Gadot took the stage. The “Wonder Woman” actress said it was fun to play the villain, having been so often forged in additional heroic roles.

Each Zegler and Anderson noted that the studio worked to offer classic characters like Snow White and Wendy more agency and supply a contemporary tackle these classic tales.

Rob Marshall, the director of Disney’s remake of “The Little Mermaid,” shared the complete sequence of “A part of Your World” from the film. Halle Bailey’s performance received raucous applause and a standing ovation when she stepped out on stage. The film arrives in theaters May 26, 2023.

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