Disney Makes Some Big D23 Announcements

Disney’s D23 Expo is officially underway in Anaheim, California with plenty of announcements coming through regarding all sorts of upcoming Disney films. The focus today was a on their animated features in the works including “The Incredibles 2,” “Cars 3,” “Toy Story 4,” “The Good Dinosaur,” “Finding Dory,” “Zootopia” and “Moana”. Amongst they key bits of information garnered:

Pixar and Disney announced that they’re planning a new take on the classic “Jack and the Beanstalk” story with “Gigantic” which will score a 2018 release. Nathan Greno (“Tangled”) helms the film which will be set in Spain during the Age of Exploration.

Jack is an adventure-seeker who discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds. He hatches a grand plan with Inma, a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl, and agrees to help her find her way home and take on storm giants that live in a city in the clouds. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who penned the songs for “Frozen,” will do the music for this project.

Singer Shakira is set to join Disney’s upcoming “Zootopia” which opens March 4th next year, and she will sing the new song “Try Everything” for the film. In the film Shakira will play Gazelle, the biggest pop star in Zootopia – a modern mammal metropolis comprised of neighborhoods such as ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown.

Finding Dory
The “Finding Nemo” sequel will pick up shortly after the 2003 original left off, with Dory living in the reef with neighbors Marlon and Nemo. The story will see Dory on her quest to reunite with her family. Neo and Marlin accompany the forgetful fish to “the jewel of Monterey, California” in order to find them.

Joining the cast are the likes of Ed O’Neill as curmudgeonly octopus Hank, Ty Burrell as the beluga whale Bailey, Kaitlin Olson as the whale shark Destiny who thinks she’s a whale, and Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy as Dory’s parents. The film is slated to open June 17th next year.

“Coco” is the official name being given to the previously untitled Pixar film that deals with the Dia De Los Muertos (Mexican Day of the Dead) and has yet to lock in a release date. The story follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who sets off a chain of events relating to a century-old mystery and leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion.

Inside Out
The new short film “Riley’s First Date?” which ties into this Summer’s Pixar film “Inside Out” was screened and will be available with the “Inside Out” DVD and Blu-ray which hits shelves on November 3rd and Digital HD on October 13th. The short follows Riley’s parents and what’s going on in their heads after the scene at the end of the movie where Riley meets a boy at a hockey game.

The Good Dinosaur
Several new clips from Disney and Pixar’s presentation that hadn’t been seen before were screened and showed the trio of Tyrannosaurs voiced by Sam Elliot, Anna Paquin and AJ Buckley. Check out an image of those guys below.

Finally, official logo artwork for the various Pixar films are also online, you can see those in a tweet that Pixar’s Lee Unkrich has sent out.