Yesterday afternoon's Animation Presentation at D23 Expo 2015 was a smash for Pixar fans- Pixar CCO John Lasseter presented the filmmakers and vocal talent for The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, and Toy Story 4, along with revealing the long anticipated previously untitled Lee Unkrich film about the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos, officially titled Coco! Read more about the individual announcements, featuring exclusive first looks, casting announcements, and film reveals all after the break!
The Good Dinosaur, November 25th, 2015:
Director Peter Sohn and Producer Denise Ream presented three gorgeous clips from Good Dino, showing off beautiful visuals and strong character growth and heart, not surprisingly! Following the presentation, an official still was released online, as seen below:
An additional textless poster for the film was released online several days before D23, once again featuring the breathtaking visuals:
Additionally, a new piece of concept art was released in tandem with the presentation, once again showing of the beautiful conceptual development that has gone into making this film:
Finding Dory, June 17th, 2016:
Director Andrew Stanton, Producer Lindsey Collins, and Co-Director Angus MacLane presented three clips from Finding Dory to the D23 crowd, showing us our first look at this sure-to-be hit! The first two of these clips were of Dory, Marlin, and Nemo swimming through the reef, trying to have Dory recollect a memory of her's that she keeps on dreaming about. The dream sequence that was shown was storyboarded shots of young Dory with her forgotten parents, Jenny, Dory's Mother, played by Diane Keaton, and Charlie, Dory's Father, played by Eugene Levy. A first look still from Finding Dory was simultaneously released online during the presentation, as shown below, with Dory in a holding tank in the Monterey Marine Life Institute, attempting to put together a search plan to find Dory's parents at the institute, with Hank, an ill-tempered Octopus, played by Modern Family's Ed O'Neill:
Toy Story 4, June 16th, 2017:
Director John Lasseter, Producer Galyn Susman, Co-Director Josh Cooley, and Screenwriters Rashida Jones and Will McCormack presented the basic plot of the hotly anticipated sequel to the massively successful Toy Story trilogy, Toy Story 4 will center around Buzz and Woody venturing off to find Woody's long-lost love, Bo Peep. We found out in TS3 that Bo Peep had either been donated or thrown out in between TS2 and TS3, so having Bo Peep come back is very exciting. Lassiter also noted that he has taken a lot of inspiration from his wife Nancy's life before the two met, so TS4 is very close to his heart. While we did not get any footage or concept art for the film, having Lasseter talk about how exited he is for the sequel resonated with the 8,000 person audience, and has many intrigued!
Coco, November 22nd, 2017:
The big reveal of the night was the long awaited announcement of the title for Director Lee Unkrich and Producer Darla K. Anderson's Dia de los Metros film, titled Coco. Coco tells the story of a 12 year-old Mexican boy named Miguel. Unkrich showed off a test animation sequence for Coco, revealing a world of happy-go-lucky Skeleton people having a Fiesta, with young Miguel crashing the celebration hidden behind a Skull mask. Although it was not specified, Miguel looks to be a guitar player, not only holding one in the concept art pictured below, but also when he was playing during the sequence. The title art and concept art for Coco are below:
NOTE: John Lasseter revealed later in an interview that any news concerning Cars 3 and The Incredibles 2 was not revealed because those films will be coming to theaters after the next D23 in 2017, so don't think that they forgot to mention them, Lasseter just wants to keep us still in anticipation!
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