Friday, September 11, 2009

D23 Expo: Lots of Announcements

We have some big news here! The following announcements were found at

Tim Burton confirmed that he'll be following it up with Frankenweenie , a full stop-motion adaptation of his original live-action short film that tells the story of a dog brought back to life by a mad scientist kid. Also confirmed was a 2011 release date.

I'm not overly hyped for this. I've seen the original Frankenweenie and it's pretty standard, definitely for children.

The Walt Disney Studios has made a deal with Apple Corps Ltd. to develop a new 3D performance capture adaptation of the 1968 hit animated film "Yellow Submarine" to be written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, it was announced today at the D23 Expo by Dick Cook, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. The film will be created by ImageMovers Digital, Disney's state-of-the-art performance capture animation studio operated in conjunction with Zemeckis and his partners, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey, who will serve as producers on the project.

The Beatles continue to live on not only through Rock Band but once again through film. This is pretty exciting.

Roaring applause from Disney fans filled the Anaheim Convention Center Arena as the Muppets took the stage, performing a song and dance number live on-stage. At the conclusion of the performance, Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook officially announced that the upcoming Muppet film (written by Jason Segel) will be titled The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made.

This title references an old title, developed Jim Henson in 1985 but never produced that would have featured Gonzo directing a Hollywood film and quickly blowing the project's budget. Though unconfirmed, it is likely that this new film will mirror the same storyline.

This is awesome for a few reasons. 1. the Muppets Rock! 2. Jason Segal wrote the film and 3. The Muppets Rule! It's about time we were given another Muppet movie. It's been way to long. I'm glad Segal is involved. We all saw what he is capable of with writing and puppeteering in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

The Walt Disney Studios, in collaboration with acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth," "The Hobbit"), is launching a new production label called Disney Double Dare You (DDY), to create new animated films full of chills and thrills for audiences of all ages.

Remember when SX0T posted about Del Toro hinting at something big that had to do with the letter D. Well that's what this is all about. This is exciting news! There is no one who can do creature effects in film like Del Toro, and to know that he is now backed with Disney money is awesome! I'm sure we will be seeing some amazing visuals in the films attached to this new label.

Johnny Depp appeared in full Jack Sparrow costume, taking the stage and announcing a Summer 2011 release date for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the new title for the fourth installment!

There are a couple cool things involved in this news. 1. That's awesome that Johnny Depp gave the announcemtn in full costume, and 2. SX0T and his wife Connie are currently on their way to Chicago to visit the Field Museum's latest exhibit Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship. What an amazing coincidence that this would be announced the same time they are off to journey into the world of real pirates. Back to the movie though... I think the subtitle sounds lame. I'm a little Pirates of the Caribeaned out right now, but you can be sure I will still see the film!


SX0T here. I just wanted to post this kinda creepy, kinda awesome photo that I found that was from the D23 Expo. It is a photo of Roboto Lincoln. It is the robotic armature used for the Hall of Presidents. Only this one isn't wearing its clothes. On display at D23, Robo Lincoln looks somewhat Terminator like, and I certainly wouldn't want to be the ancestors of John Wilkes Booth when the robotic uprising of 1997 begins or Judgement Day as predicted by the Teminator Timeline.
Posted by Derek Clem at 5:03 PM |  


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