Disney’s D23 Expo Showcases Avengers, Muppets, John Carter and More

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Willem Dafoe, Lynn Collins and Taylor Kitsch from 'John Carter'

Willem Dafoe, Lynn Collins and Taylor Kitsch from 'John Carter' - Photo by Alberto E Rodriguez/WireImage

The 2011 D23 Expo is being held this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center – just minutes away from Disneyland – and Disney, Marvel and Pixar pulled out all the stops when it came to promoting their upcoming theatrical release calendar. 4,000+ enthusiastic Disney fans sat through the two and a half hour presentation to hear about (and in some cases get the chance to look at never-before-seen clips) from films heading to theaters in the coming years. Among the movies discussed at the annual fan gathering were Disney/Pixar’s Brave and Monsters University, Marvel’s The Avengers, and Disney’s John Carter, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Muppets, and Frankenweenie.
 
Cast members taking part in the presentation included Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders, Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe, Lynn Collins, Jennifer Garner, Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman, Jason Segel, Kelly Macdonald, and Kevin McKidd.
 
And in addition to showing off clips, Disney/Pixar took the opportunity to announce two brand new original films that will be coming our way in 2013 and 2014. Up director Pete Docter will be helming The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind. The official word from Pixar on the project: “Pixar takes audiences on incredible journeys into extraordinary worlds: from the darkest depths of the ocean to the top of the tepui mountains in South America; from the fictional metropolis of Monstropolis to a futuristic fantasy of outer space. From director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera, the inventive new film will take you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind.”
 
Docter’s co-director on Up, Bob Peterson, will direct The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs. Here’s Pixar’s explanation of the project: “What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?”
 
Take a look at what you missed if you didn’t get the opportunity to attend this year’s D23 Expo:
 

 

–August 21, 2011
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