As the excitement of the 2015 D23 Expo continues, news from yesterday's Upcoming Animation keynote presentation hosted by none other than John Lasseter continues to excite fans for the upcoming lineup of Pixar films. Below is highlight of each film presented with a summary of photos, information and a video highlight reel. This is a longer post, but we assure you the information is packed so read along and enjoy.
INSIDE OUT - RILEY'S FIRST DATE
|Jonas Rivera, Josh Cooley & Pete Docter|
“We were working on Inside Out, we had this connection because we all have daughters. We would talk about our kids and it eventually became fathers-of-daughters support group,” Cooley explained. “One of them said, ‘Just wait until she’s old enough to bring home her first boy.’ That became the premise of the short film.”
Read more details, watch a sample clip & view more high resolution images from Riley's First Date in our earlier post.
THE GOOD DINOSAUR
|Peter Sohn, John Lasseter and Denise Ream|
|New artwork of the T-Rexes revealed at the Expo|
View more The Good Dinosaur images from the D23 Expo in the Pixar Post Gallery.
The clip shown features Dory sleep-talking while dreaming of her parents. Upon waking she wants to go on a journey to find them while Marlin, being the worry-wart that he is, tries to convince her not to go. Said Stanton, “In ‘Finding Dory,’ we can expect to address the one emotionally open-ended issue that remained from the first movie: Where is Dory’s family, and will this overly-optimistic fish with short-term memory loss ever be able to find them again? Her issue has also given us the opportunity to travel to very different locations, on land and sea, and meet a variety of new sea creatures that expand the world of Nemo, Marlin and Dory.”
|(left) Close-up of Darla photo behind the tank|
(right) Photo of Darla from Finding Nemo
Along with the new clip, Ellen Degeneres, Ty Burell, Ed O'Neill and Kaitlin Olson join the Pixar team on stage to talk about their characters. Kaitlin plays Destiny, a whale shark that is a bad swimmer and doesn't want to be associated with sharks since they're scary and instead only identifies with the "whale" portion of her species. Ty plays Bailey, a Beluga Whale who thinks he has a head injury and Ed plays Hank, a cantankerous octopus who was born in captivity. The screenshot below shows Hank and Dory, but what's interesting is that you can see that Dory has a tracking tag placed on her. There's also a photo of a Darla (the Dentist's Niece from Finding Nemo) in the background and is our first Easter Egg from the film.
|Close-up of Dory's tag saying "Transfer #3181"|
View more Finding Dory images from the D23 Expo in the Pixar Post Gallery.
|Producer, Darla Anderson & Director, Lee Unkrich|
Coco, was previously know as the Untitled Dia de los Muertos film from Lee Unkrich. As much as that had a fun "ring" to it, we're thrilled to know the final title now and see the official logo for the film. Lee Unkrich and Darla Anderson were on-hand to tell the story of their film and introduce Miguel, the 12-year old main character of the film. (Full details on the history of Coco can be found in our post culling the news from 2012 to now.)
Coco is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion.
|Image of Miguel courtesy of Inside the Magic|
“In our story,” they continued, “the celebration of Dia de los Muertos serves as the perfect backdrop for our main character to ask where he comes from, what his place is within his family, and how families stay woven together across time through the simple act of remembrance."
The clip shown starts in a graveyard showing people paying their respects and quick shifts to the celebratory streets of Miguel's town. Flashing lights, dancing skeletons and music fill the streets as the disguised people celebrate the lives of their loved ones.
View more Coco images from the D23 Expo in the Pixar Post Gallery.
TOY STORY 4
John Lasseter once again took the stage and joked with the crowd as he introduced himself as the director of Toy Story 4. The film's initial treatment was by Andrew Stanton, but contains a personal element as John noted that the story is inspired by him and Nancy (his wife). As revealed yesterday, the film will center around the love story of Woody and Bo Peep and will find Buzz and Woody on a journey to find Bo.
|Writers Will McCormack, Rashida Jones with Josh Lasseter,|
Galyn Susman (Producer) & Josh Cooley (Co-Director)
View more Toy Story 4 images from the D23 Expo in the Pixar Post Gallery.
TOY STORY 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
As the event came to a close, John reflected momentarily about the fact that the first Toy Story film is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. He mentioned that when you think of Toy Story, you instantly think of Randy Newman's amazing soundtrack and score. Randy joined John on stage and sang what is arguably the most memorable song from a Pixar film, You've Got A Friend In Me while performers dressed as Green Army Men repelled from the ceiling and the rest of Andy's toys danced on stage. Confetti burst into the crowd as the show ended and people applauded the close to three-hour presentation showcasing the lineup of films from Disney and Pixar. (Although posters were revealed for Cars 3 and The Incredibles 2, no news was revealed for those films.)
- Love Story in 'Toy Story 4' to be Centered Around Woody and Bo Peep
- Watch a Clip From 'Riley's First Date' - Confirmed Bonus Feature on the 'Inside Out' Digital HD/Blu-ray Release
- 'Finding Dory' Sneak Peek Details From the 2013 D23 Expo & More Story Info
- 'The Good Dinosaur' Sneak Peek Details From the 2013 D23 Expo
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