With its D23 Expo, Disney has figured out how to attract tens of thousands of the company's faithful fans to Anaheim without offering rides at Disneyland.
During a nearly three-hour presentation of the company's upcoming films, Disney animation chief John Lasseter revealed the concepts of two upcoming Pixar pics (untitled projects about dinosaurs and the human brain) and introduced Jon Cryer as the lead voice in "Cars"-franchise spinoff "Planes" after discussing "Brave," "Monsters University" and "Wreck-It Ralph."
Chief Rich Ross, prexy Sean Bailey and Marvel's Kevin Feige
When asked about it during a panel presentation on Sunday, comicbook vet Joe Quesada, who serves as Marvel's chief creative officer, didn't know why. The largest booths were taken up by the Disney Store, Disney Channel and Radio Disney, props from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise and a pair-up of Nordstrom with a line of apparel for "It's a Small World." The crowd of 4,000 that filled the convention center's Arena theater for the film presentation or the 40,000 that flocked the show floor didn't seem like the contingent that attends Comic-Con in July.
Thesps Jennifer Garner, Jason Segel, Jack McBrayer, Kevin McKidd, Kelly McDonald and, from "The Avengers," Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson also took the stage to surprise fans.
Ross was quick to announce that he's been one of Disney's "biggest fans" since watching "Mary Poppins" in 1964. Bailey reflected on how Disney was the first studio lot he visited 20 years ago before quoting Walt Disney on the importance of making movies for people age 6 to 60.
Lasseter also thanked the crowd for "how much you love Disney."
If you’re a Marvel fan and you go to the annual San Diego Comic-Con then you know exactly what I’m talking about when I mean by the “Cup O’ Joe” panel. Every year chief creative officer at Marvel comics Joe Quesada gets up on stage and gives some pointers to the audience on how to break into the comic book industry. Whether fans like him or not, you can’t deny the fact that his panel is one of the staples for Comic-Con every year for Marvel fans.
Fans remembered this yesterday during the monstrous movie presentation that Disney threw at their fan-filled convention, but even more were pleasantly surprised to see Cup O’ Joe at the Arena. After the end of his message we were shown a cool montage of video shot around the Marvel booth at the San Diego Comic-Con a couple of years ago.