Sunday, 16 July 2017

Editorial: All the big news from D23

By Brett Haynes 15/07/17

Over the last three days, Disney has been hosting its annual expo in Anaheim. Its here that Disney reveal all of their upcoming projects and what they’ve shown us is enough to get us excited. Now I’ll only be focusing on the film side but Disney also revealed new additions to the Disney parks, new TV series like Big Hero 6 and Ducktales and video games like Kingdom Hearts 3.


It all started Friday when the animation panel took place and the biggest thing to come from this was seeing a scene from the upcoming Wreck It Ralph sequel, Ralph Wrecks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2. The scene shows Vanellope Von Schweetz meeting and hanging out with the Disney princesses and their original voice actresses are voicing them all. What followed was seeing 10 Disney Princesses all on stage together. That included Auli’I Cravalho (Moana), Kristen Bell (Anna), Kelly McDonald (Merida), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Linda Larkin (Jasmine), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Jodi Benson (Ariel) and Sarah Silverman (Vanellope). In the film both Ming-Na Wen (Mulan) and Idina Menzel (Elsa) also reprise their roles. Now that was pretty impressive.

Frozen also got a mention with Josh Gad singing one of the new songs from the upcoming Frozen short, Olaf Holiday Adventure, while the title for Frozen 2 is simply Frozen 2. The other big announcement came for the Incredibles 2, which lets face it is really the only Pixar sequel anyone really wants. It was revealed that the movie would pick up exactly after the first one meaning we will get to see the Incredibles take on Mole Man (or whatever his name was). It was also revealed that this time around Elastagirl will be the centre of trouble while Mr Incredible will be stuck in Suburbia.


The live action remakes seem to becoming along just nicely for Disney with last years The Jungle Book and this years Beauty and the Beast bringing in a killing for the company. Yesterday we got some casting news for two of Disney biggest upcoming remakes in Jon Favreau The Lion King and Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin. Lets start with The Lion King. The opening scene was shown to those in attendance, which has been described as a mirror copy of the original opening from 1994 but with spectacular CGI. It was also revealed that Australian Hugh Jackman has been casted to play Scar, though I’m not sure how I feel about Scar having an Aussie accent. This comes in the same week we found out that Last Week Tonight host John Oliver had been cast to play Zazu.

We finally found out who will be playing Aladdin and Jasmine, with newcomer Mena Massoud playing Aladdin and Power Rangers actress Naomi Scott playing Jasmine. The biggest news came when it was revealed that Will Smith will be playing the Gene, which I don’t know about. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

It was also announced that Tim Burton Dumbo has begun production and will star Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green and introducing Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins.


Marvel only had one thing it wanted to show and it is the thing that every comic book fan is talking about at the moment. The first trailer for Infinity Wars, which we are now waiting for Disney to hurry up and release. The “trailer” starts off with the Guardians flying through space before Thor smashes into their windscreen. We soon see Peter Parker spidey sense kick in as well as Loki standing around rubble with the Tesseract.

Thanos sounds like he’s going to be a badass, arriving to Earth and saying “Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the Universe, but this does put a smile on my face”. We also get the ‘this is fricken awesome montage’ footage. Gamora is standing among the ruins of the collector’s collection looking scared at something off screen. Bucky and Black Panther leads troops into battle, while Dr Strange cast magic discs which Star Lord uses as stepping stones to fight Thanos thugs.

Naturally Cap makes a grand entrance with his ‘its been a while’ beard, and Spidey has his Iron Spider suit which was shown in Homecoming. What’s gotten me the most excited is hearing how this trailer ends. Spider Man is on the ground eyes locked on Tony who says ‘I’m sorry’. Thanos basically beats the shit out of everyone and it ends with Thanos pulling a giant asteroid out of the sky.

It all sounds pretty amazing and they ended it by bring 16 Avengers on stage including Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Dave Bautista (Drax), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Kevin Feige, Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Paul Bettany (Vision), Don Cheadle (War Machine), and Anthony Mackie (Falcon). Now that’s a lot of Marvel characters. This should buy fans over until their Comic Con panel later this week.


The cast of Episode 8 made an appearance but no new footage was shown. What they did show was a special behind the scenes look at the making of episode 8, with the late Carrie Fisher having the final word. No new trailer, which really surprised me. Maybe they’re saving it for Comic Con. They also released new teaser poster’s focusing on the main characters.

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