The D23 Expo is essentially a dream convention for fans of Disney and Pixar. All of the various properties come together under one roof for a weekend-long celebration of Disney/Pixar films, theme park attractions, television, and, of course, merchandise. Many times when major announcements are made outside of a convention, they are shared with the press who then relay the news to fans. The Expo, like similar events such as Comic Con, allows fans to see the news and sights with their own eyes. New films will be detailed, clips will be shown, and exclusive merchandise will be available. Due to the sheer size of the show, it can also be overwhelming, which is where this guide to Pixar at the D23 Expo may help.
This weekend, Disney will hold the bi-annual D23 Expo, its own version of Comic Con, for the third time. The Anaheim Convention Center has been the venue of choice, for good reason, as it can pack in a sizable number of attendees without issue and its close proximity to the Disneyland Resort does not hurt either. Organizers are currently preparing the convention center and its surrounding area for the sudden influx of Disney fans. Take a look at images after the break!
At the D23 Expo in 2011, Pixar had a huge presence, as it was the studio’s 25th Anniversary. The first scene from Brave was previewed almost a year before the film’s release, character art from Monsters University was unveiled, 2014’s The Good Dinosaur and 2015’s Inside Out were announced, and a retrospective panel was held with the talented pool of Pixar directors. With the 2013 iteration of the convention just over one week away, the schedule for Pixar panels has just been released. After the break, find out what the studio has in store for show attendees this time!
The D23 Expo is billed as “The Ultimate Disney Fan Event” for a reason. Essentially a convention that stretches through all branches of Disney, including Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Disney Consumer Products, and Disney Parks, the 3-day event provides attendees a look at the past and an exclusive look forward to see what is coming. Tens of thousands of people flocked to the 2011 show, which is the last time the Expo was held (it happens every two years). You have the chance to attend as well, and if you want discounted tickets time is running out!
Stop everything you are doing and clear your schedule for the next hour because we now have video footage from the D23 Music of Pixar panel featuring Michael Giacchino that took place a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, we were unable to cover the panel as it ran too close to the Walt Disney Studios panel where Disney and Pixar showcased Brave and Monsters University and also announced two brand new films for 2013 and 2014. I was happy to find that video from the entire panel ended up online, as it turned out to be a captivating look at what brought composer Michael Giacchino to Pixar, while also providing us with a view into how he works. Take a look at the fascinating video here! [Read more…]
In all the hustle and bustle of the D23 Expo, Pixar quietly screened La Luna during a panel celebrating 25 years of shorts. For me personally, this was a highlight of the entire expo. The short, directed by Enrico Casarosa, has been playing in animation festivals around the world. It premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June of this year and will make its theatrical debut in front of Pixar’s Brave next summer. Expo goers were lucky to catch this special screening of the film amid some of the studio’s most popular short subjects. [Read more…]
Attending the D23 Expo was a last-minute decision. Jerrod was already going to the show to cover it for us, but once all the Pixar panels were announced I had a feeling this year would be special. Well, that was an understatement. At D23, we were shown previously unseen footage and artwork from Brave, learned new details about the story and the characters in Monsters University and the new Toy Story Toon, Small Fry, and were surprised with the announcement of 2 brand new (and totally original) Pixar films. That has to be a record for Pixar news over just a few days! [Read more…]
Director Andrew Stanton was able to join his Pixar colleagues onstage for a celebration of the studio’s 25h Anniversary at the D23 Expo. However, he was primarily attending the show to preview the live-action film he is directing for Disney, John Carter. The film has been shrouded in secrecy for much of its development, as much of the shooting occurred in remote areas of Utah. Stanton was joined by cast members Taylor Kitsch (John Carter), Lynn Collins (Princess Dejah Thoris), and Willem Dafoe (Tars Tarkas), as they all talked about the upcoming film and showed off FOUR clips from the film. Read on to see what went down! [Read more…]
Walking around the show floor of the D23 Expo, I noticed that one of the things that attendees were most excited about was the merchandise. Never have you been able to attain so many different types of Disney merchandise from one place (other than maybe the first D23). The reasoning for this was the official Disney Store and the Disney Dream Store, which both had exclusive D23 merchandise or toys that would not debut across the rest of the country for months. From “Lion King” and “It’s A Small World” Vinylmations to the cute Disney POP! Funko Figures (including Boo from Monsters, Inc.), there was enough to satisfy everybody’s appetite. There was also a preview of upcoming merchandise that will be available in the coming months. Read on to take a look at 110 images of the merchandise seen at D23! [Read more…]
The Walt Disney Studios presentation on Saturday at the D23 Expo proved to be the most jam-packed of all the panels and events at the show (and was also the hardest to get into, as even those who lined up two hours before did not make it in). Featuring sneak peeks at the various films coming from Pixar, Walt Disney Pictures and Animation, and Marvel, all electronic devices (e.g. cameras, laptops) were checked in before attendees were allowed into the arena. However, official images from the event of the directors and the actors talking about their films have been released. [Read more…]