THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS TOOK FANS BEHIND THE SCENES AT DISNEY’S D23 EXPO
BURBANK, Calif. – August 20, 2011 –Today, Disney film fans went behind the scenes to explore the exciting roster of projects on the horizon at The Walt Disney Studios.
Rich Ross, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios; Sean Bailey, president, production, The Walt Disney Studios; John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios; and Kevin Feige, producer and president, Marvel Studios, presented a look at The Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming film slate, which included 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’s The Muppets, Disneynature’s Chimpanzee and Marvel’s The Avengers.
Additional per-title information about the presentation can be found below, in order of appearance. Event photos, VNR, broll, and soundbites will be serviced shortly under separate cover.
DisneyToon Studios’ Planes
It was announced that actor Jon Cryer (TV’s “Two and a Half Men”) will voice the main character in DisneyToon Studios’ Planes. Jon joined John Lasseter on stage for the announcement and to introduce the teaser trailer of the film.
Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph
Director Rich Moore welcomed Jack McBrayer and Sarah Silverman on stage where the D23 audience was the first to see the opening sequence from the movie.
Filmmakers Mark Andrews and Katherine Sarafian were joined by actors Kelly Macdonald and Kevin McKidd to present footage from the film.
Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University
In a special surprise appearance, Billy Crystal, flanked by Mike Wazowski and Sulley, joined director Dan Scanlon to discuss the film and show some behind-the-scenes making of the film.
Untitled Pixar Film From Director Bob Peterson
Joining Bob Petersen was producer John Walker to give fans never-before-released information about the untitled film. Please find the official logline in the attached materials.
Untitled Pixar Film From Director Pete Docter
Alongside Pete Docter was producer Jonas Rivera to provide never-before-released information about their upcoming project. Please find the official logline in the attached materials.
Producer Jim Morris and director Andrew Stanton were accompanied by the film’s stars Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, and Willem Dafoe to present never-before-seen footage, introducing fans to the film’s epic characters.
Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie
Producers Don Hahn and Allison Abbate gave fans a sneak peek at what’s to come in next year’s film, including a demonstration on how these fascinating characters come to life through stop-motion animation.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The film’s star Jennifer Garner was on hand to talk about the inspiring, magical film and her experience making the movie.
Oz The Great and Powerful
Unable to join in person as they’re currently filming in Detroit, the film’s director Sam Raimi and stars James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Zach Braff provided fans with a first look at the making of Oz The Great and Powerful via a taped piece from the set of the film.
Disney’s The Muppets
Stars Jason Segel, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy gave fans an exclusive look at never-before-seen footage from their upcoming film.
Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross presented the next Disneynature film, Chimpanzee.
Marvel’s The Avengers
The Avengers assembled at the D23 Expo, alongside producer and president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige. Stars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders and Chris Hemsworth made an appearance to present their upcoming film.
Also, as part of the festivities, Buzz and Woody were onboard to help celebrate Pixar’s 25th Anniversary – with enough cupcakes for the entire audience!
About D23 Expo 2011
The D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Event for Fans and Families—brings the entire world of Disney under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center, providing guests with unprecedented access to Disney films, television and theme parks.
The name "D23" pays homage to the wonder and excitement that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official community for fans in Disney's 88-year history. D23 gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication Disney twenty-three; a rich website at www.Disney.com/D23 a collectibles line, The Walt Disney Archives Collection; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year, highlighted by the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, August 19-21, 2011.
Fans can join D23 at www.Disney.com/D23, select shops at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort and www.DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow us "DisneyD23" on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.
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