Disney's high-profile D23 convention kicks off today but ahead of that Disney's animation chief John Lasseter spoke with EW about what to expect at the conference.
First up, do NOT expect a Pixar-produced "Star Wars" CG-animated film. Gary Rydstrom ("Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation") IS directing an animated feature for Lucasfilm, but it's not a Pixar movie and may not even be "Star Wars"-related. Is there a chance that a Pixar "Star Wars" film could happen? Lasseter says:
"Not really, other than Pixar has always used Skywalker Sound for all of our productions. They're the best so we'll always continue using them and we're very good friends. And we always have been with [special effects house Industrial Light and Magic] as well.
But other than being friends we have never needed to do anything with them. But we're also massive Star Wars fans so we're all very excited, as is everybody around the world, for new Star Wars films. I don't know anything about it other than just being a fan."
Looking much brighter is the future of Disney Animation with Marvel. As previously announced, Disney will release its first animated Marvel movie "Big Hero 6" next November. Lasseter however says that it's much more a Disney Animation film than a Marvel film:
"It's based upon a very short series of comic books and it's six comic books. They're out of the Marvel universe, but more of a Japanese manga style. We're creating something based upon that so it's really a Disney Animation production. A loose adaptation — like all adaptations are. They almost have to be."