Late last night, the D23 Expo schedule received a major overhaul with appearances, signings, panels and other events as well as more specific start — and more importantly — end times. While each attendee should carefully pour over the additions, here are just a few of the highlights we spotted:
An epic ode to Star Wars from the creators of Disney’s animated comedy ‘Phineas and Ferb’ is in production — the one hour event episode will premiere next year on Disney Channel and Disney XD. It places the characters of ‘Phineas and Ferb’ in the same space and time as the world of Star Wars, all with the brilliant comedic perspective that has made the global hit ‘Phineas and Ferb’ the #1 animated TV series for Kids 6-11 in primetime and Tweens across total day for the past five years.
Disney twenty-three — the flagship magazine of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club—ushers in winter early, celebrating Disney’s new animated film Frozen. The cover story features exclusive interviews with the film’s cool voice actors Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, as well as a visit with the filmmakers as they bring Frozen’s wintery wonderland to life in Disney’s 53rd animated feature, coming to theaters this November.
D23 Expo 2013 will celebrate its grand opening with a welcome from Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger followed by the first of two arena presentations hosted by The Walt Disney Studios at the Anaheim Convention Center. On Friday, August 9, The Walt Disney Studios will surprise and delight fans with sneak peeks of the incredible slate of upcoming animated films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, and Disneytoon Studios, hosted by Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter. Then, on Saturday, August 10, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn will host The Walt Disney Studios live action arena presentation which will pull back the curtain on upcoming releases from Disney Live Action and Marvel Studios. Both presentations will feature exclusive clips and behind-the-scenes footage, filmmaker discussions, and surprise celebrity appearances.
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‘Penn Zero: Part Time Hero’ is an animated series coming to Disney XD. And that’s pretty much everything we know — almost.
Attention was brought to the series by several recent domain registration of several names for it: PENNZERO.COM, PENNZERO.NET, PENNZEROPARTTIMEHERO.COM and PENNZEROPARTTIMEHERO.NET.
An extensive Google search for information on the series turned up only two mentions, one ironically enough right on Disney Channel’s media web site. The entry for Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess mentions that voice director Sam Reigel worked on ‘Penn Zero: Part Time Hero,’ as well as another pilot, ‘Shred-Force,’ which was created by Matt Maiellaro, co-creator of Cartoon Network’s ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force,’ et al.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today confirmed our earlier report that the ‘Phineas and Ferb’/Marvel crossover special, ‘Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel‘ will be released on DVD on October 1, 2013 and is now available for pre-order. In addition, they have provided us with several stills from the episode, which have been made into a gallery below.
After Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s latest ‘-inator’ scheme accidentally removes the powers of some very well-known Marvel Super Heroes (Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, and Hulk), the heroes enter the world of Danville and team up with Phineas and Ferb to relocate their powers, defeat the Marvel Super Villains (Red Skull, MODOK, Whiplash and Venom) – who have also shown up to steal Doofenshmirtz’s power-draining technology – and save Danville from ultimate destruction!
Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios New Zealand, we appear to have a new teaser trailer for Disney’s Planes, arriving in theaters on August 9, 2013 (along with a special presentation at the Disney D23 Expo the same day) which introduces Dusty’s competitors from around the world. You can see it embedded below.
Via Yahoo, Walt Disney Animation Studios has released character poses for several of the known characters from its upcoming feature, Frozen, along with some new fresh faces. Character descriptions as well as the photo gallery can be seen below.
Anna (voice of Kristen Bell)
Anna is more daring than graceful and, at times, can act before she thinks. But she’s also the most optimistic and caring person you’ll ever meet. She longs to reconnect with her sister, Elsa, as they were close during their childhood. When Elsa accidentally unleashes a magical secret that locks the kingdom of Arendelle in an eternal winter, Anna embarks on a dangerous adventure to make things right. Armed with only her fearlessness, a never-give-up attitude and her faith in others, Anna is determined to save both her kingdom and her family.
The Walt Disney Company today announced the recipients of its Disney Legends award for 2013, each of whom will be honored at the biennial ceremony taking place on Saturday, August 10 at 2:00 pm in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena. The event will once again be emceed by television personality Tom Bergeron and is open to all those attended the Disney D23 Expo (on a first come, first serve basis).