D23 is Nothing but Sequels and That’s OK

Incredibles 2Disney’s annual D23 convention starts today, a full month ahead of San Diego Comic-Con. I’m not there, but it’s impossible not to be excited for the announcements they’ll make. It’s a full slate of animation goodness from both Disney and Pixar, not to mention a little thing called Star Wars.

Look at what’s on the docket.

  • Pixar promises to show actual footage of The Incredibles 2. It’s the long-awaited return of Brad Bird, who blew us all away with Ratatouille and The Incredibles, and then… stopped.
  • Toy Story 4 is also set to make an appearance, co-written by Rashida Jones of all people. They’re billing it as a love story between Woody and Bo Peep, and it should be as magical as the rest of the series.
  • Meanwhile, Disney announced a sequel to video game flick Wreck-It Ralph. The new installment, Wreck-It Ralph Breaks the Internet, should bring in some great modern-day video game references. Perhaps a meme!
  • Disney also pulled Frozen 2 out of nowhere. They’re also putting out a short holiday special featuring Olaf, which will likely be even better.
  • Finally, we’ll get our first looks at The Lion King and Dumbo. Although these are both billed as live-action remakes, they’re really CG-animated films. The Lion King looks especially amazing with its voice cast, though I can’t want to see how they handle that nightmare-inducing drinking scene in the other one.

And we’ll get more footage of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Black Panther. They’re not the purview of The Vocal Range, but trust me: I’m pumped.

So, stay tuned! If you’re lucky enough to be in Anaheim this weekend, send us some pics!

Hmm? What’s that? Are they making anything that’s not a sequel or remake?

Oh, Pixar has Coco, also known as Pixar Saw Book of Life And Thought It Was Pretty Okay. Also, Disney has their Jack in the Beanstalk story, Gigantic.

Yeah. Not much on the originality. But you know what? Both studios put out amazing stuff 90% of the time. I have utter faith that each of these sequels and remakes will be wonderful in their own way.

And if they’re not, I’ll certainly let you know.

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