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D23 Expo: ‘Inside Out 2’ and More Announced at the Walt Disney Studios Panel

D23 Expo has officially begun, and Walt Disney Studios, Pixar, and Disney Animation revealed many details on their upcoming slate of films and TV series. Here’s a roundup of what was announced at the panel:

Disney started off their presentation by revealing its new logo, which will celebrate “100 Years of Wonder.” The studio will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year and has re-designed its famous logo, which has been in place since 2007. Check it out below:

A new trailer and poster for Hocus Pocus 2 was released. Directed by Anne Fletcher, with a screenplay by Jen D’Angelo, based on a story by David Kirschner, Blake Harris, and D’Angelo, the movie will reunite Bette Midler, Kathy Naijmy, and Sarah Jessica Parker as the Sanderson sisters, while bringing Doug Jones, Hannah Waddingham, Tony Hale, and Sam Richardson. Check out the poster below:

You can check out the trailer below and see the movie on Disney+ on September 30th:

The first poster and trailer for Disenchanted have also been released. Directed by Adam Shankman, and written by Brigitte Hales, based on a story by David N. Weiss, J. David Stern, and Richard LaGravenese, the movie reunites Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, and Idina Menzel, while bringing Maya Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jayma Mays to the cast. You can check out the poster and trailer below before streaming the movie on Disney+ on November 24:

The cast of David Lowery‘s Peter Pan & Wendy took the stage of the panel and revealed some exclusive footage that only attendees will be able to see. Viewers of the footage have said that it is very much reminiscent of the animated Peter Pan film and has a classic feel to it. Written by Lowery and Toby Holbrooks, the movie will star Alexander Molony, Ever Anderson, Yara Shahidi, Jude Law, Jim Gaffigan, Alan Tudyk, and Molly Parker, and will be released on Disney+ sometime in 2023, though a release date hasn’t been specified. Check out the poster below:

Exclusive footage from Disney’s Haunted Mansion reboot was shown, which is being directed by Justin Simien and written by Kate Dippold. Owen Wilson, Lakeith Stanfield, Rosario Dawson, Tiffany Haddish, Jared Leto, and Jamie Lee Curtis were already confirmed to star, but the panel announced that Winona Ryder, Danny DeVito, and Hasan Minhaj will also be a part of the movie, which releases in theatres on March 10, 2023.

Barry Jenkins unveiled the title of his Lion King prequel, Mufasa: The Lion King. Staring Aaron Pierre and Kelvin Harrison Jr, the movie will be told in two timelines, as Pumba, Timon, and Rafiki tell the story of how Mufasa became the titular Lion King. First look footage was shown to attendees. The movie will release in theatres in 2024. Check out the logo below:

First look footage of Marc Webb’s Snow White remake has also been shown, spotlighting Rachel Zegler as the titular character and Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen. The movie will be releasing in theatres in 2024, with a brand new logo unveiled to attendees which you can look at below:

A teaser for Rob Marshall’s upcoming The Little Mermaid remake was released online. Attendees saw a full sequence from the movie, which showed Halle Bailey‘s Ariel singing “Part of Your World.” It was also revealed that Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote four new original songs for the movie. The teaser doesn’t show much, but gives audience a glimpse of what Bailey will look like as Ariel, with the iconic red hair. Check it out below, and see the movie in theatres on May 26, 2023:

Pixar then came on stage and unveiled details on their latest movie, Elemental, which will star Mamoudou Athie and Leah Lewis who play an elemental romantic couple who cannot touch each other, since one is made of fire, and the other of water. A first poster of the film was released, confirming its 2023 theatrical release date, which you can look at below:

The studio has also revealed its first details on their first full-length series for Disney+, Win or Lose, which will star Will Forte as Coach Dan. Each episode will tell the same story, but with a different perspective from its main protagonists. The show will be directed by Michael Yates, Carrie Hobson, and David Lally, and release on the streaming service in 2023:

Pixar has also announced Elio and confirmed Inside Out 2. Elio will follow “a boy who finds himself transported across the galaxy & mistaken for the intergalactic Ambassador for our planet Earth,” and star America Ferrera and Yonas Kibreab. No specific release date has been announced for the movie, but it will release sometime in the spring of 2024. Check out the first look of the movie below:

Amy Poehler will reprise her role as Joy in the Inside Out sequel, which will see Riley as a teenager being confronted by new emotions, though no specifics on those emotions have been announced. The movie will be directed by Kelsey Mann, and written by Meg LeFauve, for a release in the summer of 2024:

Wrapping up the panel is Disney Animation, who unveiled details on their television series Zootopia+ and Iwájú. Zootopia+ will consist of six episodes, and will be an anthology series focusing on different members of the Zootopia community. It will release on Disney+ in November.

Iwájú will focus on a “a futuristic version of Lagos, Nigeria,” and will be Disney Animation’s first collaboration with another studio, Kugali. The show will release on Disney+ in 2023, and you can check out a first look at the television series below:

A new look at Strange World was revealed, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Jaboukie Young-White, Gabrielle Union, Lucy Liu, and Dennis Quaid. The movie releases in theatres on November 23, and you can check out the new look below:

Finally, the studio has revealed their 2023 animated film, Wish, which will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Disney. According to directors Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn, the movie will answer the question “How did the wishing star, upon which so many characters wish, come to be?” Ariana DeBose and Alan Tudyk will star in the movie, featuring a watercolor-styled CGI animation. You can check out a first look at the movie below:

Source: Disney, Pixar, Disney Animation


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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