The Latest from Disney and Pixar Animation at D23 Expo (Live Blog)


Amid a torrent of announcements at today's D23 animation panel, we learned that John Lasseter will not be directing 2019's Toy Story 4, as previously thought, passing the reins to Josh Cooley instead.

Taraji is set to play an algorithm named Yesss in Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. She can constantly shift look of hair and clothes because she knows all the trend. Something similar may be what occurs in Ralph Breaks the Internet, but this time with the filmmakers going all in on Disney-owned properties like Star Wars and Marvel.

"Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2" leaves the arcade and heads into the Internet.

Initially wary of the glitch, they quickly realise she is a princess too with a series of questions, including 'Do people assume all of your problems got solved because a big, strong man showed up?' To make up for it, D23 screened a cute special tribute to Bird's popular designer character Edna Mode with real-life fashion notables-Zac Posen, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Kendall Jenner, Rachel Zoe-paying homage to the famously anti-cape character.

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"Those flawless models of femininity are the princesses", Yesss explains.

Disney Princesses Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Elsa, Anna and Moana also appear, who are escorted by Force Awakens era Stormtroopers, all of whom are voiced by the surviving original actresses. A clip was shown and it was titled "Speed Test" which focused on fighter jets - with eyes - flying around but getting bested by a much speedier jet which even went out into the atmosphere.

Toy Story 4 is making a big change behind the scenes.

Remember Jack-Jack? The baby from "The Incredibles" has serious powers, and at least some of them are displayed in a new clip that showed him facing off with a raccoon. Director Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) is setting the adventure of two teenage "boys" in a "mundane/magical" "suburban fantasy world". Including newer characters like Tangled's Rapunzel and Brave's Merida, along with the classics - it was the ultimate bit of corporate cross-promotion. He said technology has advanced so that they can finally show the characters as they wanted to present them: "They're still the same characters, but it's like having a new auto to drive".