The first day of Disney’s D23 was nothing short of a treat for fans who made their way to the Anaheim Convention Center. Here are some of the highly anticipated movies announced during the fan fest.
Exciting announcements on day 1 to D23
White as snow
The clip released exclusively to D23 audiences showed Rachel Zegler (West Side Story) as the Disney Princess. Gal Gadot (wonder woman) said playing the Evil Queen was very different from what she’s done before. The film directed by Mark Webb will be released in 2024
upside down 2
Upside down (2015) was Pixar’s hit movie that earned the animation studio several awards and critical acclaim and now fans who attended D23 got a glimpse of upside down 2. The highlight is that Amy Poehler returns as Joy one of the most popular and beloved emotes. The first one had five emotions – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust and this time there will be more emotions that will be added to the story. Kelsey Mann will direct this film which will be released in the summer of 2024
Mufasa: The Lion King
A prequel to the popular 2019 animated film Lion King has been announced and the title is Mufasa: The Lion King. This film will tell the origin story of the father. Filmmaker Barry Jenkins showed exclusive clips screened at the D23 Expo where Rafiki was seen telling the story of Mufasa to a few cubs. Mufasa: The Lion King follows Jon Favreau’s popular 2019 remake film.
The little Mermaid
The little Mermaid (1989) won the Oscar for Best Original Song for Alan Menken who returned with a new song. The upcoming movie’s song “Part of your world” received huge applause from D23 fans. Singer and R&B actress Halle Bailey will play the role of mermaid princess Ariel. The little Mermaid hits theaters May 26, 2023
A trailer that won everyone over was Pixar’s Elementary. The story takes place in Elemental City where air, earth, fire and water coexist. As the makers said, “Some elements mix together, some don’t, and what if those elements were alive?” A fiery girl and a relaxed guy will take you on a beautiful journey as they explore what they have in common. The film is inspired by director Peter Sohn’s childhood in New York. Elementary will be released on June 16, 2023.
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