D23 EXPO 2015 - D23 EXPO, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. Taking place August 14-16, this year marks the fourth D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center and promises to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. (Disney/Image Group LA) ALAN HORN (Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios)

One of the most exciting things, at least for me, at the D23 Expo last weekend away from the parks stuff was the announcement and added detail of Disney Animation’s and Disney Pixar’s  upcoming releases.

As a massive fan of the Disney parks I constantly want to see innovation and new ideas.  Obviously Disney has bought rights to both Star Wars and Marvel recently which we will see come to fruition in the parks over the next decade.   However buying intellectual property is one thing; creating new movies, characters and environments is another and has to remain at the heart of what Disney does.  

That said looking at the future releases from Pixar it is easy to think that all they were doing was churning out sequels.  Obviously this year we are fortunate to have two original Pixar movies, the already released ‘Inside Out’ which will be joined in November by  ‘The Good Dinosaur.’  After those two, exciting, releases all we knew (before D23 Expo) was that we’d have follow ups to Finding Nemo, Cars, The Incredibles and Toy Story.  It’s not that these films aren’t exciting.  They are.  Even Cars 3 excites me as I loved the first Cars movie.  I’m hoping Pixar can reach that level again and redeem themselves a bit from the slightly lacklustre Cars 2.  Anyway I digress.

Intriguingly at D23 Expo Pixar had this board up of logos for their new movies:

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Note the fourth poster along inbetween Toy story 4 and Cars 3 we can see Luxo Jr and the Luxo Ball.  Why was that there?

Well we didn’t have to wait long as Pixar chief John Lasseter announced, during the Pixar presentation at D23, that Pixar would release a brand new, and original, movie in November 2017 entitled ‘Coco.’

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Details are still at a premium, but the movie is set around the Mexican holiday celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead.) There are few details yet but the main character is a 12 year old boy named Miguel who enters the “realm of dead” and the concept is based around what you might say and do if you were faced with previous generations of your family. What the storyline is though remains a secret for now.  Being Pixar I’m sure it’ll be done brilliantly and I am very excited about it.

It was also announced that Toy Story 4 will be a sequel to Toy Story 3.  That being, the events in ‘4’ will take place after the end of ‘3’ but in a depature from the relationship between the toys and childen, the story is going to centre on a love story bewteen Woody and Bo Peep.  Now the shrewd observers amongst you will know that early in Toy Story 3 Bo Peep was explained as having left the group at some point between ‘2’ and ‘3’.  In Toy Story 4 Woody and Buzz and will go on the hunt for Bo Peep.

We also found out that The Good Dinosaur, due for release in November,has been using brand new technology to produce ultra realistic scenery and from the trailer it does look stunning.  My only slight concern is that the dinosaur looks quite cartoony against these backgrounds, it looks a  little strange.  However the story is ‘a traditional boy and his dog story, but the boy is the dinosaurs dog.’

As a huge Pixar fan I am obviosuly excited about all these new releases but I genuinelythink that Pixar are doing a great job and Finding Dory and The Incredibles 2 will appeal to so many people.  Their originals were so good that they’re both going to be huge hits.  Add into that brand new ideas like The Good Dinosaur and Coco, topped off with Toy Story 4 and you have a recipe for success.

I can’t wait to see them all!

 

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