Rich Ross (chairman, TWDS); Sean Bailey (president, production, TWDS); John Lasseter (chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios); and Kevin Feige (producer and president, Marvel Studios), presented a look at their upcoming films. These include DisneyToon Studios’ Planes, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, Disney•Pixar’s Brave, Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University, Untitled Pixar Film From Director Bob Peterson, Untitled Pixar Film From Director Pete Docter,John Carter, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Oz The Great and Powerful, Disney’sThe Muppets, Disneynature’s Chimpanzee, and Marvel’s The Avengers. Featured in these upcoming films are stars like Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders, Chris Hemsworth, Billy Crystal, Jennifer Garner, James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Zach Braff, Jason Segel, Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman, and Jon Cryer.
Buzz and Woody of Toy Story fame also attended the event to help celebrate Pixar’s 25th Anniversary as did Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog. Not in attendance were the stars of Oz The Great and Powerful. They’re currently filming in Detroit, but the film’s director Sam Raimi and stars James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Zach Braff sent a video with a first look at the making of Oz The Great and Powerful via a taped piece from the set of the film – this is one movie I’m really looking forward to.
The D23 Expo is a once-a-year event that brings the entire world of Disney to Fans under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center. This event gives Disney’s Ultimate Fans unprecedented access to Disney films, television and theme parks.
Why D23? The name pays homage to the year Walt Disney opened his studio in Hollywood and all the wonderment and magic that’s been created there. This is the first OFFICIAL community for Disney fans and it puts you in the middle of the magic with a quarterly publication Disney twenty-three; an official website; an exclusive collectibles line, The Walt Disney Archives Collection; and truly special events for D23 Members throughout the year culminating in the the amazing D23 Expo in Anaheim, California which was held these year from August 19-21, 2011.