While many of us are sitting around, waiting for The Force Awakens to drop at the end of this year, slow news about the Star Wars spin-off movies have begun leaking. First, we heard about the spin-off about the rebels raiding the Death Star for the original Death Star plans. With a great director at the helm (Gareth Edwards) and some cool cast members on board (some dudes from The Raid movies), that side story already sounds amazing. But it is the NEXT spin-off that has me REALLY excited. Boba Fett is finally getting his own movie. So what can you do with an outer space bounty hunter who cannot emote because of a helmet, and how do you make it into a 90 minute plus movie? Thanks for asking, I have some ideas.
If you were to ask someone what the biggest geek convention of 2015 would be, they’d probably say San Diego Comic-Con, and it would be a safe bet that they were right. But this year, that title isn’t easily held. Consider the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, held just a month later and a few dozen miles north, as it attempts to steal a bit of Comic-Con’s thunder (the thunder = the sound of fanboys and fangirls heads exploding).
It’s not easy to imagine a single studio being able to create their own fan convention, but if one studio could do it, it would be Disney. The D23 Expo, in case you didn’t already know, is the ultimate event for all things Disney, held bi-annually for fans around the globe to gather and geek out about the house the Mouse built. What makes this year so important is that it’s not just about princesses and kids shows on the Disney channel. And it’s not just about the Disney parks or collecting every tiny piece of memorabilia churned out for the obsessed masses. Yes, there’s plenty of that, to be sure. But for the most notorious geeks in the world, D23 will become the place that stole Marvel and Star Wars from San Diego Comic-Con for a summer!
It’s happened in previous years, when Marvel skipped over SDCC to give the world their first glimpse at a little film called “Avengers” at D23 back in 2011. In 2013, Star Wars was barely part of the family when D23 welcomed them to the party. All they had to show was a glimpse at the “Star Wars: Rebels” series and a booth showcasing some iconic characters. But this year, they’re going to come at us with both barrels. Marvel will likely bring our first look at “Captain America: Civil War”, “Doctor Strange”, and possibly a few other surprises. Lucasfilm will likely show us the first full length trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. Anyone remember how insane the crowds got during Star Wars Celebration Anaheim back in April? You ain’t seen nothing yet!
Of course, most of this is just speculation and I’m sure that Marvel and Lucasfilm won’t have some kind of presence at Comic-Con, particularly on the exhibition hall floor, but don’t expect any big reveals to happen until August when the D23 Expo gives the fans what they want in the brand new Hall D23 instead of Comic-Con’s notorious Hall H.
Did I forget to mention Disney will also be showcasing the latest from Pixar and their other studio offerings as well? At least two days worth of events will take place in Hall D23, with big stars, memorable tributes, and mind-blowing first looks at corners of the Disney universe we’ve been dying to see forever. So in case I wasn’t clear, here’s all the details from the Disney folks themselves:
Fan-Favorite Events, Including the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, Take Center Stage in New 7,500-Seat “Hall D23” Venue at the Anaheim Convention Center
BURBANK, Calif., May 7, 2015 – D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announces the lineup of the most highly anticipated presentations at D23 EXPO 2015, August 14–16. The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will kick off the Expo on Friday, August 14. Later that same day, The Walt Disney Studios will give fans a sneak peek at all the latest from Disney Animation and Pixar. On Saturday morning, The Walt Disney Studios will preview the coming slate of live-action films from Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. Then on Saturday afternoon, fans will get a preview of what’s in store at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts during a presentation hosted by Parks Chairman Bob Chapek.
To showcase these Expo favorites, Disney is creating “Hall D23,” a new 7,500-seat venue located in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center, so that more guests than ever can see the presentations live and in person.
The Schedule of Hall D23 Events and Presentations includes the following (times and additional announcements forthcoming; all events subject to change):
The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony will take place Friday, August 14. The ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will once again honor those who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy. The creativity and innovation of these visionaries and artists have earned them a place among such names as Dame Julie Andrews, Howard Ashman, Annette Funicello, Sir Elton John, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Alan Menken, Hayley Mills, Fess Parker, Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Walters, and Robin Williams. At the D23 EXPO in 2013, Tony Baxter, Collin Campbell, Dick Clark, Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Jobs, Glen Keane, and Ed Wynn were inducted.
In two separate Hall D23 sessions, The Walt Disney Studios will unveil an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at its upcoming film slate. At Friday’s session, fans will go in-depth with the talented filmmakers at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios to get a sneak peek at films such as Zootopia and Finding Dory. On Saturday, live-action titles such as Alice Through the Looking Glass and The Jungle Book and films from Marvel and Lucasfilm, along with some very special guests, take center stage.
On the afternoon of Saturday, August 15, join Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, for a behind-the-scenes peek at the magical experiences and entertainment coming to Disney’s parks and resorts around the world.
Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. Until June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com.
About D23 EXPO 2015
D23 EXPO—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 EXPO 2015 news, visit D23EXPO.com. To join the D23 EXPO conversation, make sure to follow @DisneyD23 on Twitter and use #D23Expo.
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.
Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.
We’re huge fans of short films here at ForeverGeek. When Paperman was released, we even asked everyone to “drop everything” and watch the short immediately.
Some of my favorite Disney short films include Geri’s Game, Jack-Jack Attack, The Blue Umbrella, and For the Birds. In my opinion, Partly Cloudy is the best of them all. You can see more Disney shorts here.
It seems that there’s another short film that we can look forward to come November. Titled “Feast”, this latest Disney short film is about a dog who named Winston who just can’t get enough food. They have released a teaser, shown below.
The official description reads:
“Feast,” a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation, “Paperman”) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share. The short opens on Nov. 7, 2014, in front of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6.”
I don’t know about you, but the teaser doesn’t seem too promising to me; however, the fact that Patrick Osborne of Paperman fame should add some flavor.
Then again, how can you resist a dog that keeps eating and eating? For that matter, how can you resist a cute little dog?
If you’re a fan of short films:
You’ve probably noticed that we’re going overboard with our Halloween posts. So yeah, the holiday spirit is definitely getting to us, but can you blame us? I am pretty sure that you’re quite stoked as well.
Today, we bring you Disney characters dressed up in their very own Halloween costumes. What better way to usher in the spooky season?
These works of art are brought to you by Isaiah Stephens, also known as izzydoodledump on Tumblr. He has created a series of doodles, which will delight the Disney fan in you.
Disney characters Halloween costumes
The Beast as The Hulk
The Beast is one of Disney’s most loveable characters, especially in his enchanted form. I think it’s fitting for him to dress up as The Hulk, whose character is just as loveable – in either form.
Milo as The Doctor
Mulan as Xena
Tinkerbell as Beatrix Kiddo
Belle as Hermione
You’ve probably guessed by now that Beauty and The Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies, but that tidbit aside, isn’t Hermione a perfect fit for Belle? I hate to say it, but Belle looks better in this costume than her normal self.
What do you think of the Halloween costumes of these Disney characters? Want more? See the entire gallery here.
More Disney and Halloween:
If Disney were to make a Doctor Who movie, this is what the movie poster announcement would look like.
Thanks to the creative brain of artist Stephen Byrne, we get a glimpse at what could be Doctor Who Disney.
I love the tagline, “She wished for a prince. She got thirteen.” Couldn’t get any better, yeah?
Take a closer look at Doctor Who Disney, and tell us what you think about the rendering of the faces of each Doctor.
If you’re wishing for more of The Doctor:
What happens when the ladies of Game of Thrones go Disney? They get cutesified, of course, but I love how artist Sam Tsui found little bits of similarities between the Disney princesses and the ladies of our favorite HBO fantasy TV show. In spite of the cuteness softening the characters, some of their edginess does still come through.
Which one is your favorite? While Arya and Daenerys will always be my ladies of choice, I think the Mulan-Brienne mashup is the best of this lot. See more of the Disney-fied ladies of Game of Thrones.
And, if you’re now hankering from some toys, check out the updated Game of Thrones Merchandise 2014 list.
Forever Geek readers know how much we love our Disney Princesses. This time we’re featuring artist Geryes who designed this series of Disney Princess reimagined as awesome Final Fantasy classes. Badass versions of our Disney gals have got to be our favorites.
For more interpretations of our kick-ass heroines, check out this series of Disney Princess Art Nouveau Portraits!
If there’s something we love more than Alphonse Mucha inspired art, we haven’t found it yet. Artist Hannah Alexander reimagined heroines like Mulan and Elsa in this gorgeous style. Our hearts skipped several beats! Take a look at these art nouveau portraits of Disney princesses and look at every little beautiful detail.
We literally can’t get enough of this art style too! Check out our post about the Ladies of Game of Thrones in the style of Alphonse Mucha.
(Via Nerd Approved)
What would Disney characters look like if they were real people? Artist Avalonis referenced and manipulated many images to find out how our favorite Disney heroes, heroines, and villains would look like in the real world. See if you can figure out who the characters are and the famous people used as reference:
Check out more of Avalonis’ work on DeviantArt.
Disney villains fans should take a look at these Disney villain-inspired perfume bottles!
Disney villains rank way up high in the roster of ‘Best Fictional Villains’, but why don’t they get the same merchandise as all the other Disney characters? Ruby Spark decided to correct this tragic underrepresentation by designing a line of concept perfumes inspired by classic Disney villains. Can you spot your favorite?
(via Fashionably Geek)
If you’re a fan of Disney Princesses (and who isn’t?), you’re going to love these interpretations of Disney Princesses In Oil.