Among the announcements that came out of the D23 Expo was the casting of Tom Hiddleston alongside Christina Hendricks in DisneyToon Studios The Pirate Fairy, in which the Thor: The Dark World actor voices Cabin Boy James, who’ll later be legendary as Captain Hook. Unless you have “Hiddleston” as a Google alert, or have children who religiously watch the Tinker Bell direct-to-DVD animated movies, that relatively minor news likely escaped your attention.
But what you can’t miss is video of a giddy Hiddleston, an avowed fan of Disney’s The Jungle Book, singing a little bit of “Bare Necessities” at the event. If that’s not somehow worked into Thor 3, somebody at Marvel Studios isn’t doing his job.
The promise of “Something Weird” at the D23 Expo didn’t lead to the announcement of a new project from Disney and Marvel, but rather the unveiling of another teaser — this time a poster that yields a few clues.
Available in the fan gathering’s Imagineering area, the poster shows two children standing in silhouette in front of a door and coffin-shaped clock adorned with a demonic face and battle-ax pendulum. Over the arch are the words, “Do You Dare Enter?” That’s the image at right, courtesy of Marvel’s Ryan Penagos.
The illustration would seem to lend credence to earlier speculation that the comic is based on the Museum of the Weird, an early concept for the Haunted Mansion. Disney began developing the idea for the big screen in 2010, but ultimately scrapped those plans.
But wait, there’s more: The Marvel AR logo on the poster unlocks a video promising more information on the comic book — it is confirmed as a comic! — from Marvel and Disney’s Imagineers in September.
Update: Marvel has released the official image, which you can see below.
As expected based on the pattern thus far, Disney will once again return to Anaheim for another D23 Expo in 2015.
Variety reports that Disney CEO Bob Iger made the announcement during the Disney Legends ceremony at this weekend’s D23 Expo. Exact dates for 2015 were not revealed.
Also according to Variety’s sources, D23 sold 18,000 tickets on Friday and another 21,000 on Saturday (which was a sell out). Like previous D23 events, this weekend brought major announcements and celebrity appearances; check out CBR’s coverage of the event for more information.
Welcome to “Report Card,” our week-in-review feature. If “Cheat Sheet” is your guide to the week ahead, “Report Card” is typically a look back at the top news stories of the previous week, as well as a look at the Robot 6 team’s favorite comics that we read.
So find out what we thought about The Bunker, Detective Comics, X-Factor and more.
It turns out that Captain America isn’t just the “First Avenger,” but the first costumed Marvel character to debut at a Disney event since the media giant bought the company in 2009.
The Disney news blog Inside the Magic takes note of the Sentinel of Liberty in its coverage from the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, where the costumed character appeared in the pavilion for Disney Parks and Resorts. He’s helping to promote the new Avengers Academy kids’ area that’s being added Disney Cruise Line’s flagship Disney Magic as part of a “reimagineering” of the 15-year-old vessel.
Disney also released a video (below) offering more details about Marvel’s Avengers Academy, which will be revealed this fall. You can see more photos of Captain America at Inside the Magic.
A cryptic new teaser released by Disney and Marvel suggests the two may announce a theme park-inspired comic this weekend at D23, the official fan event held at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
Using a design familiar to Marvel fans, the teaser states “Ask For Something Weird,” with only the final word receiving special treatment. It’s that dripping font that leads the Disney news blog Inside the Magic to speculate the project could involve Museum of the Weird, an early concept for the Haunted Mansion theme park attraction.
Beyond that clue, all we know is that it’s definitely a comic book, as the teaser is filed under “Comic News” on the Marvel website.
D23, the official Disney fan club, has announced the next D23 Expo will take place Aug. 9-11, 2013 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
“The D23 Expo has become a phenomenal way for Disney fans to see everything they love about Disney all in one place — from Disney’s biggest stars and latest innovations to unforgettable performances live on stage,” said Steven Clark, head of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, which produces the bi-annual D23 Expo. “Our third Expo is sure to create even more magical new experiences and memories for our biggest fans attending from throughout the U.S. and around the globe.”
Last year’s event featured presentations on Disney’s upcoming movie slate, with appearances by many of the Avengers cast, as well as a presentation by Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada.
Advance tickets for the D23 Expo will go on sale at D23Expo.com beginning Aug. 9, 2012. D23 Members receive special pricing on both one- and three-day tickets to the event, which is also open to the general public.
I won’t have as much to say about the last day of D23 as I did about Friday or Saturday. We were late getting started Sunday morning, which meant I was late to the big Cup ‘o Joe presentation, Marvels’ first foray into the D23 world (except for the five minutes or so they had at the end of the movie presentation on Saturday, of course). We went to the arena when we arrived and headed for the cheap seats; during Saturday’s big movie bonanza, the place was packed to the rafters, but there were only a few people up on level three when we arrived. The sections beneath us seemed to be pretty full, though. Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada was wrapping up his presentation and getting ready to take questions as we sat down.
Day two of D23 kicked off early for us, as the big movie presentation kicked off at 10:30 a.m. and we knew there would be a line. We just didn’t realize how long of a line …
We’re back in our hotel room after a day at Disney’s big D23 event in Anaheim, and what a day it was … you can check out some pictures from it after the jump.
Disney’s D23 Expo takes place this weekend in Anaheim, as all things Disney converge at the Anaheim Convention Center for three days. This is the second D23 event; the first one took place a few short weeks after Disney bought Marvel, so they weren’t at the event, but what a difference two years makes.
Marvel CCO Joe Quesada will host a session on Marvel on Sunday, and Kevin Feige, president of production for Marvel Studios, will join the movie presentation on Saturday. Does that mean we’ll get to see all the Avengers come out on stage in their costumes? One can only hope. The LA Times takes a look at how Marvel is going to fit into the mix, and since I’m in Anaheim right now, watch for reports on Robot 6!
Although a lot of folks are focused on Comic-Con International and the roll out of the panel schedule this week, Disney’s D23 Expo announced their “arena schedule” for their next event, scheduled for Aug. 19-21 in Anaheim.
I attended the first D23 event two years ago, and the arena presentation were by far the highlight of the weekend. They were announcement-filled, star-studded affairs with all sorts of Disney flair. For instance, the presentation by Walt Disney Studios included appearances by John Travolta, Nicholas Cage, Robert Zemeckis, Tim Burton, the Muppets and Johnny Depp dressed as Jack Sparrow, as they announced the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie. And during the Disney Parks presentation, Darth Vader and a load of stormtroopers came out to announce the Star Tours upgrade.
The first D23 Expo was held right after Disney had announced they were buying Marvel, so the House of Ideas didn’t have a presence. But what a difference two years makes, as Marvel CCO Joe Quesada will host a session on Marvel on Sunday, and Kevin Feige, president of production for Marvel Studios, will join the movie presentation on Saturday. Does that mean we’ll get to see all the Avengers come out on stage in their costumes? One can only hope.
You can find the complete arena schedule after the jump.
Disney officially announced today that its D23 Expo will be a biennial event, alternating years with Destination D, a smaller event exclusively for members of the D23 fan community.
News that the second D23 Expo won’t be held until 2011 leaked out last week, but it wasn’t known until today what, if anything, Disney had planned for this year.
The inaugural Destination D, with a theme of “Disneyland ’55,” will be held Sept. 24-25 in the Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. Presentations and screenings will center on the 55th anniversary of the theme park.
Disney also set Aug. 19-21, 2011, as the dates for the next D23 Expo, viewed as Comic-Con for Disney fans. Tickets go on sale Aug. 19, 2010. The debut event drew a reported 40,000 fans to Anaheim for presentations on Disney’s film slates, appearances by stars like Johnny Depp and John Travolta, and displays by Disney divisions and licensees.
Following Disney’s inaugural D23 Expo in September, many wondered what the next installment might look like now that Marvel is part of the House of Mouse. It turns out we’ll have to wait another year to find out.
Geoff Boucher reports that Disney plans to stage the D23 Expo as a biennial event, which means the second convention won’t be held until sometime in 2011.
“I’m not sure when this decision was made or how the expo was viewed in the new regime at Disney,” Boucher writes on The Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex blog, “but I’ll try to find out.”
Last year’s event, held in Anaheim, featured presentations on Disney’s upcoming film slate and appearances by several stars, booths by BOOM! Studios and other licensees, displays for Disney divisions like ABC and Pixar, and more. As JK Parkin noted in his coverage for Robot 6, attendance for the first two days — a Thursday and Friday — was light, but picked up considerably on the weekend.
I meant to get this up sooner, but travel, jury duty (ugh) and life in general delayed me a few days. In any event, the D23 Expo came and went last weekend, as the Disney “fan fair”/big marketing experience in Anaheim showcased everything from company’s movie and television slate to upcoming changes to its theme parks.
1. Overall, this was an extremely well-run event. Not surprisingly, Disney knows something about hosting thousands of people in a fairly confined area, and doing it in a way that those people leave worn out but with smiles on their faces. That doesn’t mean there weren’t issues – I’m still waiting for someone to give me back the hour or so I spent waiting for the Princess and the Frog presentation to start – but looking at the entire weekend, Disney handled the crowds really well. This was a combination of pre-planning (most of the employees who were handling the crowds seemed to have come over from Disneyland, where I’m sure they’re used to moving large masses of people around) and on-the-spot learning (getting out of Sunday’s big arena presentation on the animation slate was much easier than leaving Friday’s live-action film presentation, and I’m pretty sure Sunday’s crowd was bigger).