The Rock is getting his own Disney fairy tale, Pixar is getting its first Latino protagonist and "Toy Story 4" and "Finding Dory" are getting off the ground.
That was just some of the news the Walt Disney Co. announced at the animation portion of D23, the media company's three-day fan event in Anaheim.
The 3-hour presentation featured updates on upcoming
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-- Lasseter discussed the next film he's directing for Pixar, 2017's "Toy Story 4," which he said is a love story involving Woody and Bo Peep, inspired by his marriage to his wife, Nancy.
-- The Emeryville-based studio announced the title of director
-- Peter Sohn, director of "The Good Dinosaur," delivered a sweet presentation about acquiring a love of movies from his Korean mother, whom he said couldn't understand the dialogue in many American films, but always comprehended the Disney ones. The footage Sohn showed from "The Good Dinosaur," which is due in theaters Nov. 25, included strikingly photoreal shots of the natural world where the movie's characters, a dinosaur named Milo and a human boy named Spot, are adventuring.
-- "Riley's First Date?" a short film based on the characters from Pete Docter's "Inside Out," had its world premiere at the presentation. The short, directed by "Inside Out" head of story Josh Cooley, will be available digitally Oct. 13 and on Blu-ray Nov. 3.
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-- Among the Walt Disney Animation Studios titles, “Moana” stood out, in part because of an outsized hero who came to present it,
-- The Burbank studio gave a name to its upcoming Jack and the Beanstalk film from "Tangled" director Nathan Greno: "Gigantic," and announced that Oscar-winning "Frozen" songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristin Anderson-Lopez are writing songs for the 2018 film.
-- “Zootopia” directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore showed a significant chunk of footage from their 2016 talking animals comedy, in which
-- Notably absent from the D23 presentation was any discussion of "Frozen 2," the much-anticipated sequel to the Oscar-winning 2014 musical. Though "Frozen" directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee are at work on the film, Disney has yet to give it a release date or describe the basic outlines of the plot. The only mention of the fairy tale franchise at D23 Friday came from Disney chief Alan Horn, who said, presumably of the movie's signature track, "Let It Go," "I'm that close to getting that song out of my head."
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