If you’re not in Anaheim, then you’re missing the latest from the magical world of Disney. Don’t worry, we’re here to help keep you updated with the latest news – within hours of it happening here on our blog.
Catching up from where we left off yesterday late afternoon –
Meet the Cast of Fish Hooks
Fans got to meet Noah Z. Jones, Chelsea Kane, and Kyle Massey from Disney’s Fish Hooks!
DANA SNYDER, ATTICUS SHAFFER, KYLE MASSEY, NOAH Z. JONES
ATTICUS SHAFFER, DANA SNYDER, NOAH Z. JONES, KYLE MASSEY
Meet and Greet with the Cast of A.N.T. Farm
Excited fans got to see a performance by China Anne McClain, and meet the cast including Jake Short, Sierra McCormick, Stefanie Scott, and Carlon Jeffery.
CHINA ANNE MCCLAIN
CHINA ANNE MCCLAIN, SIERRA MCCORMICK, JAKE SHORT, STEFANIE SCOTT, CARLON JEFFERY
The Characters of Monster’s University
Meet the character designers, Rickey Neirva and Dan Scanlon, behind Pixar’s upcoming animated feature Monsters University. Check out the photos from their presentation below showing how they bring these wonderful characters to life.
THE CHARACTERS OF MONSTERS UNIVERSITY - RICKY NEIRVA, DAN SCANLON
DAN SCANLON & A CHARACTER From MONSTERS UNIVERSITY
RICKY NEIRVA, DAN SCANLON
THE LION KING 3D
D23 Attendees got to see an exclusive advance screening of the Disney Digital 3D version of The Lion King.
DON HAHN, ROBERT NEUMAN, ROB MINKOFF, ROGER ALLERS
LION KING FANS
D23 Expo: Auction
The evening ended Saturday with a special LIVE Auction where D23 fans could bid on unique experiences, tours, artwork, props, and one-of-a-kind Disney treasures.
DISNEY MEMORABILIA AUCTION
Our Coverage of Sunday at D23 Starts with Handy Manny
Fans got to meet the voice of Manny, Wilmer Valderrama, along with character appearances from the show.
HANDY MANNY, CHRISTIAN VALDERRAMA, WILMER VALDERRAMA
New for Disney Fans – Marvel Comics
Hear about the evolution of Marvel, beginning with its first comic book in 1939 from Joe Quesada, Marvel’s chief creative officer and one of the most respected and sought-after writers and artists in the entertainment industry.
We’re excited to be covering the D23 Ultimate Disney Fan Expo – here are some photos and videos from the past two days in Anaheim. D23 guests got to see first hand – the creative teams and stars of some of the upcoming films that Disney has planned for release in the coming year.
Day One Video Recap
Day Two Video Recap
Sold Out Crowds on Saturday at D23
FANS At D23
A Big Hit today – Marvel Comics Cast of the Avengers!
Marvel’s president of Production Kevin Feige joined some of the top names in film on Saturday, August 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Walt Disney Studios panel to discuss Marvel Studios’ plans for 2012, including the hotly anticipated Marvel’s The Avengers!
ROBERT DOWNEY JR., CHRIS HEMSWORTH, SCARLETT JOHANSSON, JEREMY RENNER, COBIE SMULDERS, TOM HIDDLESTON, KEVIN FEIGE (PRESIDENT OF MARVEL STUDIOS)
25 Years of Pixar
John Lasseter (chief creative officer, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios) and other key creative figures responsible for twenty-five years of moviemaking magic and 12 heartwarming and groundbreaking films at Pixar were at D23 to talk about past and future projects.
ANDREW STANTON, JIM MORRIS, LINDSEY COLLINS, DAN SCANLON, KATHERINE SARAFIAN, RICH ROSS (CHAIRMAN, THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS), JOHN LASSETER (CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER, WALT DISNEY AND PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS), MARK ANDREWS, PETE DOCTER, BOB PETERSON, JONAS RIVERA, JOHN WALKER
Upcoming Feature Films were highlighted at D23
JOHN LASSETER (CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER, WALT DISNEY AND PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS)
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.
Disney•Pixar’s Brave Filmmakers Mark Andrews and Katherine Sarafian were joined by actors Kelly Macdonald and Kevin McKidd to present footage from the film.
KATHERIINE SARAFIAN, MARK ANDREWS
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.
SULLEY, BILLY CRYSTAL, DAN SCANLON, MIKE WAZOWSKI
John Carter 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.
WILLEM DAFOE, TAYLOR KITSCH, LYNN COLLINS, ANDREW STANTON
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.
JENNIFER GARNER, SEAN BAILEY (PRESIDENT, PRODUCTION THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS)
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.
KERMIT THE FROG, JASON SEGEL
KERMIT THE FROG, JASON SEGEL
MISS PIGGY, KERMIT THE FROG, JASON SEGEL
Disneynature’s Chimpanzee 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.
Tickets to the D23 EXPO are available at www.D23Expo.com. Admission includes access to all experiences and entertainment at the D23 EXPO and can be purchased for single days or for the full three days of festivities. Admission is $42 for a one-day adult ticket and $32 for children 3-12. Three-day passes are $121 for adults and $91 for children. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will receive a discount for up to four admissions, as well as early entry to each day of the D23 EXPO for themselves and their guests.
About D23 Expo 2011
The D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings the entire world of Disney under one roof, providing attendees with unprecedented access to Disney films, television and theme parks. For schedules, live updates, interactive features and tools, polls and much more, check out the D23 Expo mobile app at www.D23mobile.com! To be part of the D23 Expo conversation, make sure to follow @DisneyD23 and tag your tweets with #D23Expo. For questions during the D23 Expo, get answers by sending tweets to @D23Expo.
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923, when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club 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 new 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.
David Arquette – the Voice of Skully on Disney Junior’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates
LESLIE GOODMAN (SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, DISNEY CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP), NANCY KANTER (SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING AND GENERAL MANAGER, DISNEY JUNIOR WORLDWIDE), KYLE ZIMMER (PRESIDENT, FIRST BOOK), CAROLINA LIGHTCAP (PRESIDENT, DISNEY CHANNELS WORLDWIDE)
What a wonderful surprise to have actor David Arquette, AKA Skully, on Disney Junior’s “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” kick off Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA today by helping announce the donation of $500,000 and 8 million Disney Publishing Worldwide books to First Book, a national nonprofit organization that provides new books to children in need.
The most fantastic thing about this donation is that last year First Book distributed 8 million books and now they have 8 million new ones and a generous donation of $500,000 which will First Book cover some expenses involved in getting all those books out to schools and programs serving kids from low-income families around the country.
Here’s a peek at the fans waiting to get into the next event
FANS at D23 Friday Waiting in Line for Next Event
DISNEY LEGENDS CEREMONY – Congrats to Regis Philbin!
At D23 today men and women who have contributed to the creative legacy of The Walt Disney Company were honored in a special presentation, hosted by Tom Bergeron.
In addition to TV icon Regis Philbin, Muppets creator Jim Henson, the extraordinary actresses who vocally brought to life many modern-day Disney Princesses including Jodi Benson (Ariel from The Little Mermaid), Paige O’Hara (Belle from Beauty and the Beast), Lea Salonga (singing voices of Jasmine from Aladdin and Mulan from Mulan), Linda Larkin (speaking voice of Jasmine from Aladdin), and Anika Noni Rose (Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog) plus other equally impressive contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends.
Each honoree will receive a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity and magic they have brought to the Company. Disney Legends Award recipients also participate in a handprint ceremony, and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the Company’s Burbank headquarters.
Fun Facts about Disney Legends
The first Disney Legend named in 1987 was actor Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire).
There have been a total of 237 Disney Legends named and include Tim Allen, Robin Williams, Julie Andrews, Howard Ashman, Annette Funicello, Peter Jennings, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Alan Menken, Hayley Mills, Fess Parker, Sir Tim Rice, Dick Van Dyke and Barbara Walters.
GUY WILLIAMS FAMILY with Mickey Mouse
ANIKA NONI ROSE, REGIS PHILBIN, LINDA LARKIN, LEA SALONGA
KERMIT THE FROG, ROWLF, TOM BERGERON
REGIS PHILBIN Surrounded by Disney Princesses
ANIKA NONI ROSE, Princess Tiana in Disney's The Princess and the Frog.