Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Highlights from D23 Expo 2017



The D23 Expo 2017 is in the books, and there is plenty of Disney goodness to talk about. The D23 Expo is known as the Ultimate Disney Fan Event and is an amazing experience for any Disney fan.

D23Expo 2017 Animation Panel

Alan Horn on stage

The Animation presentation is always my favorite. I will never forget my first D23 Expo in 2013 when I had the amazing experience of hearing Idina Menzel sing for the very first time “Let it Go” from “Frozen.” I cried happy Disney tears that day and each year the D23 Expo creates remarkable memories for Disney Fans.

D23 Expo 2017 - John Lasseter on stage

D23 Expo 2017 – John Lasseter on stage

Pixar and Walt Disney Animation wowed the attendees with their upcoming releases. Many celebrities who are involved in the projects were in attendance including Benjamin Bratt, Anthony Gonzalez, Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson, Huck Milner and Sarah Silverman.

Check out these upcoming projects from Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

COCO (#PixarCoco)

Coco Poster - Pixar - November 2017

In Disney•Pixar’s “Coco,” aspiring musician Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) teams up with charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal) on an extraordinary journey through the Land of the Dead.


D23 Expo guests were treated to the first-ever public performance of “Remember Me” from Pixar Animation Studios’ upcoming feature film COCO. Anthony Gonzalez, who provides the voice of Miguel in the film, and Benjamin Bratt, who lends his voice to Ernesto de la Cruz, teamed up to perform the song written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Coco - Benjamin Bratt at D23 Expo

Trailer for “COCO”

Disney•Pixar’s COCO opens in theatres everywhere on November 22, 2017.

OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE (#OlafsFrozenAdventure)

Olaf and his “Frozen” buddies are back in an all new 21 minute adventure featuring four new songs! The featurette includes the original cast including Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), who is on a mission to harness the best holiday traditions for Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) and Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff).

Olaf's Frozen Adventure - Kristen Bell at D23 Expo 2017

Olaf's Frozen Adventure - #OlafsFrozenAdventure

At the D23 Expo Kristen Bell, the voice of Anna, introduced fans to the new FROZEN holiday featurette, OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE. Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf, surprised the crowd with a live performance of the all-new original song “That Time of Year,” written by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson.

Olaf's Frozen Adventure - D23Expo Image

Trailer for “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”

“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” opens in front of “CCOC” on November 22, 2017.

INCREDIBLES 2 (#Incredibles2)

Incredibles 2 Title Image - #Incredibles2

The “Incredibles 2” director Brad Bird and the voices of Mr. and Mrs. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter), Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (newcomer Huck Milner) and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) took to the stage at D23 Expo.

Incredibles 2 Cast on stage at D23 Expo 2017

Director Brad Bird revealed details of the upcoming caper, which puts the family into an expanded universe that includes new allies and a brand-new villain.

D23 Expo 2017 - Incredibles 2 presentation - crowd view

“‘Incredibles 2″ is a family film, it’s just that the family happens to have super powers,” said Bird. “They may have super speed or super strength, but they experience the same problems as any family.”

“Bob’s actually home with the kids this time and I’m the one out fighting crime,” added Hunter.  She joked, “I’ve been working out 13 hours a day!”

Incredibles 2 - Illustration - #Incredibles2

Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” will be in theaters everywhere on June 15, 2018.

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2 (#RalphBreaksTheInternet, #WreckItRalph2)

Sarah Silverman (voice of Vanellope von Schweetz) was joined by Directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston on the stage at D23 Expo 2017.


D23 Expo attendees were the first to see the global debut of a scene from the film that pays homage to the Disney Princesses. John Lasseter revealed that filmmakers had asked the original voice actresses behind the Princesses featured to reprise their roles for the sequence, and  in a moment no Disney fan will forget.

Auli‘i Cravalho (voice of “Moana”), Kristen Bell (voice of “Anna”), Kelly MacDonald (voice of “Merida”), Mandy Moore (voice of “Rapunzel”), Anika Noni Rose (voice of “Tiana”), Irene Bedard (voice of “Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (voice of “Jasmine”), Paige O’Hara (voice of “Belle”) and Jodi Benson (voice of “Ariel”) came together on stage in a celebration fit for a princess.

Wreck-it Ralph 2 - Princesses on stage at D23 Expo - #WreckItRalph2

In this exciting second installment of “Wreck-it Ralph” we will leave the arcade behind, venturing into the expansive universe of the internet—which may or may not survive Ralph’s not-so-light touch.

Wreck-it Ralph 2 - Internet

Outcasts-turned-BFFs Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz are reuniting with Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer) and Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch).

Filmmakers revealed a new character, Yesss, an algorithm who plays an important role in Ralph and Vanellope’s journey within the internet. Golden Globe®-winning actress Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) lends her voice to the character. “Yesss is a new character who owns the website Buzzaholic,” said Henson. “Yesss knows about everything cool and on trend. And she does spell her name with a triple ‘s.’ Yesss is very savvy, smart and sexy.”

“Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2 hits theaters on November 21, 2018. 

TOY STORY 4 (#ToyStory4)

I love “Toy Story” so much, as a kid I was pretty sure my toys came to life once I left the room. We have a little while until the release of “Toy Story 4,” expect to see it in theaters on June 21st, 2019!

At D23 Expo it was announced that Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?” short) has assumed full director responsibilities for “Toy Story 4.” John Lasseter joined Josh on stage to share a behind-the-scenes look at a day in the director’s life at the Northern California studio.

Toy Story 4 Director Josh Cooley at the D23 Expo 2017


Yes, it’s true there will be a “Frozen 2” and is expected to hit theaters November 27th, 2019.


Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff are reprising their roles in an all-new story. Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, and produced by Peter Del Vecho. 

D23 EXPO 2017 - Friday, July 14, 2017 - 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, which takes place July 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. (Disney/Image Group LA) ALAN HORN (CHAIRMAN, THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS)

There is a lot headed our way from Pixar & the Walt Disney Animation Studios. Which movies are you most looking forward to?


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Dawn is a social influencer and has been writing about her nerdy side since 2004. She enjoys writing about Entertainment, Travel, Disney, Star Wars and life with two little girls. Her advice is to keep on dreaming, do what you love and life will lead you a path to your happiness. Dawn also writes for 5 Minutes for Mom.

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