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D23 Expo 2017: Rounding Up The Big News

July 2017 saw the return of the D23 Expo Fan Event in Anaheim, California, the event dedicated to anything and everything Disney. These days that includes Marvel, Star Wars, theme parks and live-action films, but also (of course) a whole lot of animation. There were numerous announcements over the course of the three days, so we've rounded up all the major ones for you here.


  • Pixar's next original film will be a (currently untitled) "suburban fantasy" directed by Monsters University helmer Dan Scanlon. Set in a world populated by elves, trolls and other fantasy creatures, where technology has gradually replaced magic. Two elf brothers who lost their Dad at an age they were too young to remember " embark on a quest that will allow them a chance to spend one last magical day with their father."Like Pixar's best work this comes from a very personal place, as this story is inspired by the loss of Scanlon's own Dad in his early childhood. The film's release date has not been announced yet.
  • At the presentation for Pixar's next release, Coco, it was revealed that the film will feature a song written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez the duo behind the music of Frozen. The score will be written by Michael Giacchino (who also scored Up) and Camilo Lara of the Mexican Institue of Sound will be musical consultant.
  • The Incredibles 2 will be set immediately after the original film, and will feature a brand new Supervillain. The panel brought together the cast and revealed a few plot morsels. This time Holly Hunter's Elastigirl will take centre stage with Bob (aka Mr Incredible) apparently stuck at home for some reason. The film is due for release in June 2018.
  • John Lasseter will no longer be co-directing Toy Story 4. Josh Cooley will now be the sole director on the film which is due Summer, 2019.


  • A new 21-minute Frozen short Olaf's Frozen Adventure will screen before Coco, which will feature a brand new song  That Time Of Year.
  • Disney screened a scene from 2018 release Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2.The scene will pay homage to the classic Disney Princesses, who (where possible) will be reprising their roles for cameo appearances. Also revealed was a new character named Yesss, a "savvy, smart and sexy" algorithm voiced by acclaimed actress Taraji P Henson.  
  • DisneyToon Studios will release a new movie set in the Cars and Planes Universe, based around Space Travel.

And The Rest..

  • The live action Aladdin (from director Guy Ritchie) announced the lead roles will be played by Mena Massoud will play the title role, with Naomi Scott as Jasmine. Will Smith was confirmed at the Genie.
  • The first footage shown from Jon Favreau's upcoming (not live-action) Lion King remake featured an almost shot-for-shot recreation of the film's iconic opening.
  • A  fantastic new clip was released from the forth-coming DuckTales reboot, that reveals that this looks set to be everything we'd hoped it would be. Woo-Woo!

  • The opening titles were released for Big Hero 6: The Series, which shows off the show's new 2D take on the movie's characters.

  • The long-awaited videogame  Kingdom Hearts III will feature a Toy Story World. A new trailer was also unveiled, revealing a 2018 release date.

[via /Film IGN AWN]