Disney Announces Some of D23 Lineup, Mum on Marvel


Disney may not be shouting from the mountaintop about the role Marvel will play at this year's D23, but they have announced a few other panels on Pixar's Brave, the upcoming The Muppets, John Carter, Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, Oz the Great and Powerful, and more with the likes of Jason Segel, Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins and Willem Dafoe (John Carter), Kelly Macdonald and Kevin McKidd (Brave), Jennifer Garner (The Odd Life of Timothy Green), Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman. However, there's no denying that one of the biggest draws will be a panel with Pixar's creative team including John Lasseter (chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios), Jim Morris (general manager, Pixar Animation Studios), Pete Docter (director, Monsters, Inc., Up), Andrew Stanton (director, Finding Nemo, WALL-E), Bob Peterson (co-director, Up), Lee Unkrich (director, Toy Story 3), Mark Andrews (director, Brave) and Dan Scanlon (director, Monsters University).

We've included the list of attractions and panels that Disney has announced thus far below.

The Characters of Monsters University – Director Dan Scanlon and Production Designer Ricky Nierva discuss how they combine hair, horns and a lot of heart to bring the wonderful Monsters University characters to life.

Michael Giacchino’s Music of Pixar – In this musical presentation, award-winning composer Michael Giacchino explores his early influences through the creation of modern-day classic scores from Ratatouille, Up and Cars 2. 

The Art of Brave – Production Designer Steve Pilcher and Shading Art Director Tia Kratter show how they and their team put paint to canvas and fingers to computer keys to create the stunning visuals of Scotland for Disney•Pixar’s upcoming film Brave.

Pixar Shorts – This retrospective screening of the animation studio’s legendary short films will be followed by a panel discussion with several of the filmmakers, including Ralph Eggleston (director, For the Birds), Andy Jimenez (director, One Man Band), Angus MacLane (director, BURN-E), Pete Sohn (director, Partly Cloudy), Teddy Newton (director, Day & Night), and Enrico Casarosa (director, La Luna).

Walt Disney Studios Animation Pavilion – Experience the art, technology, culture and legacy of Walt Disney Animation Studios with filmmaker demonstrations, drawing classes, book signings, meet-and-greets and art exhibits. 

Walt Disney Studios In-Home Entertainment Pavilion – Dive into cutting-edge home entertainment technology and learn what the future holds for Disney movie fans, with sneak peeks of upcoming films in breathtaking high-definition Blu-ray 3D™ and more. 

Inside Tides: Pirates of the Caribbean Film Prop Collection – Get an up-close look at an exclusive collection of detailed set pieces, props and costumes from the billion-dollar blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Advance Screenings - The all-new 3D version of The Lion King, presented by RealD 3D, coming to theaters and homes this fall, and the upcoming ABC holiday special Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

You would like to think that after having Marvel abstain from Comic-Con 2011 that they'd make a rather big deal about the Marvel presence at this year's huge Disney convention D23. Anyone who attended Comic-Con can tell you that Marvel's absence left a rather large hole in the lineup, so I think it's fair to say that many people are eager to see how Disney pimps out their impressive slate of upcoming superhero flicks, with The Avengers an obvious point of interest for everyone. The cast of The Avengers is slated to make an appearance, and hopefully Joss Whedon will be part of that group. Or even if you don't care about The Avengers, now that Kevin Feige has begun talking about films for the more obscure characters like Doctor Strange (and god willing, Iron Fist) Marvel is primed to be laying quite heavily into the world of genre films. D23 has lots of opportunity (and I daresay an obligation) to present a fair amount of Marvel material. Nevermind that it's in their best interest.

If you're so inclined, tickets to the D23 Expo are available at http://www.D23Expo.com. Admission includes access to all experiences and entertainment at the D23 Expo, including the Disney Legends Ceremony, and can be purchased for single days or for the full three days of festivities. Admission is $47 for a one-day adult ticket and $37 for children 3-12. Three-day passes are $136 for adults and $106 for children.

Lex Walker • Editor

He's a TV junkie with a penchant for watching the same movie six times in one sitting. If you really want to understand him you need to have grown up on Sgt. Bilko, Alien, Jurassic Park and Five Easy Pieces playing in an infinite loop. Recommend something to him - he'll watch it.


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