Walt Disney Studios used the D23 Expo (a gathering of all things Disney) to unveil details on 2014, 2015, and beyond animated movies including new plot details and what actors will be voicing which roles. After showing off 10 minutes of Toy Story of TERROR! coming to ABC on October 16, 2013, Idina Menzel wowed the crowd with "Let It Go" from the animated film Frozen featuring the voices of Kristen Bell as Anna and Josh Gad as Olaf. Tom Hiddleston and Christina Hendricks were revealed as two of the lead voices in The Pirate Fairy, with Hiddleston taking on the role of James/Captain Hook and Hendricks voicing Zarina.
Disney also unveiled details on The Good Dinosaur, bringing out Lucas Neff, Judy Greer, and Bill Hader to talk about the movie. The voice cast also includes John Lithgow, Neil Patrick Harris, and Frances McDormand. The official title for The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind was revealed to be Inside Out and will feature the voices of Amy Poehler as Joy, Lewis Black as Anger, Mindy Kaling as Disgust, Phyllis Smith as Sadness, and Bill Hader as Fear. And joining Ellen DeGeneres in Finding Dory, the Finding Nemo sequel, will be Albert Brooks reprising his role as Marlin, Diane Keaton as Dory's mom, Eugene Levy as Dory's day, and Modern Family's Ty Burrell.
A sequel to Planes titled Planes: Fire & Rescue was also among the films grabbing attention at D23. To be directed by Bobs Gannaway, the sequel has Dane Cook back in the role of Dusty with Julie Bowen joining the franchise as Lil' Dipper. And Monsters University has spawned the Disney Pixar six-minute short "Party Central" which will find Mike and Sulley hanging out with the Oozma Kappa fraternity members. The short will screen before The Good Dinosaur on May 30, 2014.
In addition, Walt Disney Pictures, Disney Pixar, and Disneytoon Studios released the following preview images from their upcoming animation slate along with official descriptions of each of the upcoming movies:
In Frozen, fearless optimist Anna (voice of Bell) teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Gad) in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa (voice of Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. In theaters Nov. 27, 2013.
Get A Horse! made its U.S. premiere at the D23 Expo. Featuring Walt Disney himself as the voice of Mickey Mouse, this black-and-white, hand-drawn theatrical short follows Mickey, his favorite gal pal Minnie Mouse and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow as they delight in a musical haywagon ride--until Peg-Leg Pete shows up and tries to run them off the road. This groundbreaking short from Walt Disney Animation Studios is directed by Lauren MacMullan and produced by Dorothy McKim. Get A Horse! opens in front of Frozen on Nov. 27, 2013.
When a misunderstood dust-keeper fairy named Zarina (Christina Hendricks) steals Pixie Hollow's all-important Blue Pixie Dust, and flies away to join forces with the pirates of Skull Rock, Tinker Bell and her fairy friends must embark on the adventure of a lifetime to return it to its rightful place. However, in the midst of their pursuit of Zarina, Tink's world is turned upside down. She and her friends find that their respective talents have been switched and they have to race against time to retrieve the Blue Pixie Dust and return home to save Pixie Hollow. With comedy, heart and epic thrills for the whole family, The Pirate Fairy sets sail Spring 2014. (Directed by Peggy Holmes)
The Good Dinosaur asks the generations-old question: What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In theaters May 30, 2014, the film is a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event rattles Arlo's tranquil community, he sets out on a quest to restore peace, gaining an unlikely companion along the way--a young human boy named Spot.
Planes: Fire & Rescue features a quirky crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from a raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of wildfire air attack. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous air attack team, including spirited super scooper Lil' Dipper (voice of Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Planes: Fire & Rescue ignites July 18, 2014.
Big Hero 6 features brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion--a robot named Baymax--Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the CG-animated Big Hero 6 hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.
[No image available] - Legend of the NeverBeast takes the Disney Fairies on an epic action adventure that's full of heart and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Fun and talented animal fairy Fawn believes you can't judge a book by its cover--or an animal by its fangs--so she befriends a huge and mysterious creature known as the NeverBeast. While Tink and her friends aren't so sure about this scary addition to Pixie Hollow, the elite Scout Fairies set out to capture the monster before he destroys their home. Fawn must trust her heart and take a leap of faith if she hopes to rally the girls to save the NeverBeast. Directed by Steve Loter, Legend of the NeverBeast roars to life in Spring 2015.
From director Pete Docter (Up) and producer Jonas Rivera, Disney•Pixar's Inside Out takes you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind. Riley, an 11-year-old girl who recently moved with her family to San Francisco, is not the main character but the setting for the film. Moviegoers will go inside her mind to explore how memories are formed and how a mixture of five emotions--Joy, Disgust, Anger, Fear and Sadness--defines life experiences. In theaters June 19, 2015.
The all-new big-screen adventure dives into theaters Nov. 25, 2015, taking moviegoers back to the extraordinary underwater world from the original film. Finding Dory reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way.
Walt Disney Animation Studios' director Byron Howard (Tangled) and writer Jared Bush shared plans for the upcoming comedy adventure Zootopia (working title). In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who's trying to make it big goes on the run when he's framed for a crime he didn't commit. Zootopia's top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they're forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends. In theaters in 2016.
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