Breaking Details About Disney And Pixar’s Upcoming Animation Releases! #D23Expo

Ok, here’s the truth. When I heard all of this information – it was breaking. I mean hitting the Internet waves for the very first time. Unbelievable. People were screaming. Some were even CRYING. Maybe I was one of the latter … it was dark and no one will confirm or deny this. By now, you MIGHT have heard some of this news but I still wanted to post it because it is all so MAGICAL! I cannot WAIT TO SEE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE FILMS. Oh my word!

While at the D23 EXPO in Anaheim, CA over the weekend, we heard LOTS of movie news. Here is a quick breakdown of my favorite highlights.

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Disney·Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR is cute but deadly. That film is going to bring up the emotions people. All of them.  I cried so HARD. I mean, I don’t talk much about my personal life… but I understand loss. The scene they showed PROVED that this movie is going to pull at our heartstrings for SURE.

In theaters on November 25, 2015, the film introduces audiences to Arlo, a sheltered Apatosaurus who finds himself far from home, and Spot, Arlo’s unlikely human friend. Featuring the voices of AJ Buckley, Anna Paquin and Sam Elliott as the T-Rexes, “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 25, 2015.

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ZOOTOPIA (#Zootopia)
Ginnifer Goodwin takes the lead as the voice of the film’s rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps in Zootopia. This looks REALLY cute. I think all the kids will enjoy this one.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ ZOOTOPIA opens nationwide March 4, 2016.

And PS – Zootopia’s biggest pop star Gazelle will be voiced by Grammy®-winning international superstar Shakira. Boom!


FINDING DORY (#FindingDory)
Ellen DeGeneres came on stage and told everyone how thrilled she was to FINALLY be making this movie. She’s been wanting it longer than the fans I think. 🙂 This new movie will reunite Dory with friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? Can’t wait to see this one. Especially since I HEART ELLEN.


“Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016.

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MOANA (#Moana)

Now – I’m an only child. So, I’m going get all about me for a minute. I had more impressions this weekend than Dwayne Johnson while at D23 Expo. I mean, sure he tweeted twice and I tweeted 6,405,043,232 times. But hey! Who is counting! When I saw that stat, I got so excited!!!

Back to the movie – The Rock lends his voice to the mighty demi-god Maui in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ MOANA, and it was a CROWD FAVORITE. People online were going bananas to learn more about this movie. They were tweeting and RTing – asking questions, screaming virtually. It was the ONE EVERYONE WAS WAITING TO HEAR ABOUT.

“Moana” introduces a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. She meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage.

They showed us a little scene about how the ocean basically had a soul and cared for Moana from a little girl. The ocean represented Mother Earth to me and I was migraine crying. Like bawling. Ridiculous. Just thinking about that scene is tearing me up. Really beautifully drawn, conceptualized and played out. Music is everything and this movie has Oscar all over it.

“Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.

No word on the lead actress yet… though I did get some inside scoop that I can’t share just yet. Stay tuned.

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Can I tell you a secret? When I went to Pixar earlier this year, I saw Rashida Jones in the offices and everyone was saying that she had signed on to co-write TOY STORY 4. HOWEVER, no one had any official confirmation. I’ve been sitting on this for MONTHS! When she came on the stage, I was so excited to see her because it meant that everyone was right! And what a great writer to add to the crew!!

Screenwriters Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (“Celeste & Jesse Forever”) joined Buzz, Woody and Bo Peep for the celebration. Guess what it’s going to be about???  A love story. It’s a story about a relationship between Woody and Bo Peep. AHHHHHHH

TOY STORY 4, which will be directed by Lasseter and produced by Susman, is slated for release on June 16, 2017.

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GIGANTIC (#Gigantic)
This is the animated film I am most excited to see!! GIGANTIC is Disney’s unique take on “Jack and the Beanstalk!!! I LOVE this movie and cannot wait to see where they go with the idea.

Set in Spain during the Age of Exploration, Disney’s GIGANTIC follows adventure-seeker Jack as he discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds. He hatches a grand plan with Inma, a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl, and agrees to help her find her way home. But he doesn’t account for her super-sized personality—and who knew giants were so down to earth? GIGANTIC hits theaters in 2018.

Ok, FESS UP! Which movie are you most excited to see?? I am going to see ALL OF THEM – but I think Gigantic has peeked my interest. I’m a sucker for the golden egg. 🙂

* Disney invited me out to D23 – all opinions are my own.

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