Pixar Animation will have its first-ever booth presence at this year’s D23 Expo, taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center August 14-16. Buzz Lightyear his heroic (giant balloon) self will welcome visitors on opening day as the studio celebrates the 20-year anniversary of Toy Story, presenting a host of presentations, demonstrations and panels that will pay homage to Pixar’s past while looking ahead to its upcoming projects.
Pixar plans at D23 include:
- Every Story Is a Journey: The Upcoming Films of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios [Fri. Aug. 14, 3 p.m., Hall] Hosted by John Lasseter, the filmmakers’ presentation will reveal never-before-seen footage from The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory as well as Disney Animation’s Zootopia and Moana. Expect surprise announcements, musical performances and appearances by star voice talent from the films.
- In Conversation with the Filmmakers and the Emotions Behind Inside Out [Fri. Aug. 14, 11:30 a.m., Stage 28] Director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera reminisce about creating the internal world of one little girl’s mind for the summer hit.
- Pixar Secrets Revealed! Hear the Stories They Didn’t Want You to Know! [Sat. Aug. 15, 3 p.m., Stage 28] Senior development exec Mary Coleman hosts Daria K. Anderson, Mark Andrews, Ronnie del Carmen and Dan Scanlon as they talk about the twists and turns of crafting narrative and share some behind the scenes stories.
- Toy Story: 20 Years Later the Original Crew Looks Back [Sat. Aug. 15, 4:30 p.m., Stage 23] Original crewmembers John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, Galyn Susman, Ralph Eggleston, Sharon Calahan, Eben Ostby, Bob Pauley and Bill Reeves share stories about the making of the game changing film.
Plus, on the show floor, Pixar is teaming up with Disney Animation for a showcase of the magic from both studios, featuring live demos, presentations and autograph signings with top filmmakers, free giveaways and interactive displays. And you can get a first-hand look at John Lasseter’s legendary film-themed Hawaiian shirts and take home their own from Disney Store at the expo, designed by Reyn Spooner under the guidance of Lasseter ($99.95).