As we get closer to the big event, the D23 Expo calendar is looking more and more like a good picnic basket as it’s packed with goodies. Today, Disney announced a number of new panels that will be at the expo and has updated the information on some previously announced panels.
For starters, there are two new animated films Disney has in the works: “The Good Dinosaur” and “Frozen”. Each of them will have their own panels with “Inside the Ice: The Art of Disney’s Frozen” taking place on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 10:30 a.m. “The Art of The Good Dinosaur” has been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 10, 3 p.m. At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 10, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn, Disney Live Action Production President Sean Bailey, and Marvel Studios President and Producer Kevin Feige will host “Let the Adventures Begin: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios,” which will take you through the live-action offerings from Disney as well as several powerhouse pictures on tap from Marvel Studios, with exclusive clips and surprise guests from a range of films including Saving Mr. Banks, Tomorrowland, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and much more.
There were a couple of additional panels mentioned including, “Toy Story OF TERROR!,” a new adventure featuring Woody, Buzz and the Toy Story gang that will be released on TV this fall. Producer Galyn Susman and other Pixar short-form filmmakers will be on hand to share their experiences and discuss the exciting challenges of expanding the worlds of these characters at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 10. “Pixar: Doing Our Homework,” is a panel that will discuss how important research is to the filmmaking process and how Pixar artists set out to become experts. This very interesting sounding panel will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 9. The “Women of Pixar” panel will take place on Sunday, August 11 at 1 pm. and will discuss Jessie, Dory, Sally and Merida. Although they never cross paths and exist in different worlds, these iconic Pixar females have one thing in common: girl power.
Celebrities who are confirmed to make appearances include Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel (“Frozen”), Dane Cook (“Disney’s Planes”), Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak (“Saving Mr. Banks”) and Ty Burrell (“Muppets Most Wanted”), and another panel, “Broadway & Beyond: Celebrating the Stars of Disney on Broadway,” will feature performances from Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”), Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins,” “Beauty and the Beast”), Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”) and more top Marvel and Disney•Pixar talent
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