Disney sends all-star auteur team to Comic-Con

Posted by · 11:00 am · July 9th, 2009

Tim BurtonWell, this is impressive. Hayao Miyazaki, John Lasseter, Tim Burton and Robert Zemeckis have all lined up to help represent Walt Disney Studios at Comic-Con in San Diego later this month, in the interests of showcasing a range of new and/or revived Disney features at the geek mecca. This is the first Comic-Con for all four filmmakers, so it’s quite a coup for Disney to assemble them in one place.

Burton and Zemeckis will be joining a panel on 3D filmmaking (the first time Comic-Con has broached the subject), which will include discussion, not to mention exclusive footage, of their respective upcoming 3D features “A Christmas Carol” and “Alice in Wonderland.”

Meanwhile, Miyazaki and Lasseter are set to participate in an animation panel (which also includes such veterans of  hand-drawn Disney animation as “The Little Mermaid” duo Ron Clements and John Musker), in which a range of upcoming animated titles — including “Toy Story 3,” “The Princess and the Frog” and “Ponyo” — will all be previewed.

Both sound likely to be hot tickets. Kris, of course, will be on site in San Diego and covering the whole shebang for your reading pleasure. Lucky man. (Full press release after the cut.)

WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES’ COMIC-CON AGENDA IS FULL OF “FIRSTS”

DIRECTORS ZEMECKIS, BURTON TO TAKE PART IN FIRST-EVER 3D PANEL;

ANIMATION LEGENDS MIYAZAKI & LASSETER TO ANCHOR ANIMATION PANEL

Studio to Showcase Key Titles—PONYO, TOY STORY & TOY STORY 2 DOUBLE FEATURE, DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, TOY STORY 3 and TRON

BURBANK, Calif. (July 9 , 2009) — Animation greats Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter and directors Robert Zemeckis and Tim Burton will take part in their first ever Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center July 23-24.  The filmmakers will be on hand to help Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures showcase a wide-ranging roster of upcoming films, including 3D juggernauts ALICE IN WONDERLAND, TRON and DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and animated gems THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, PONYO and the TOY STORY trilogy.

Zemeckis, Burton , Miyazaki and Lasseter will take part in industry panels.

  • COMIC-CON’S FIRST EVER 3D PANEL — Veteran directors Robert Zemeckis and Tim Burton join TRON producers Sean Bailey and Steve Lisberger on Thurs., July 23 at 11 a.m. for an unprecedented presentation featuring behind-the-scenes filmmaker insights about the highly anticipated 3D adventures DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, ALICE IN WONDERLAND and TRON.  In addition to Q&A opportunities with each of the filmmakers, the 90-minute panel will feature never-before-seen concept art, trailers, actual 3D film footage and other Comic-Con-only footage debuts.  In a groundbreaking technical feat, this is the first time ever that 3D footage will be shown at Comic-Con. Patton Oswalt will moderate.
  • ANIMATION PANEL — Animation legends Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter join veteran animation directors Lee Unkrich, Kirk Wise, Ron Clements and John Musker on Fri., July 24 at 12:45 p.m. for an animation panel which will highlight upcoming animated films, including Disney•Pixar’s TOY STORY/TOY STORY 2 double feature, Disney•Pixar’s TOY STORY 3, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ half-hour holiday TV special PREP & LANDING, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG and Miyazaki’s PONYO.  John Lasseter will host the panel and Patton Oswalt will moderate a group Q&A following the presentation, which will include filmmaker insights, trailers and select film sequences.



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  • 1 7-09-2009 at 12:27 pm

    JC said...

    Besides, we will probably have a Avatar trailer.

  • 2 7-09-2009 at 12:47 pm

    Bryan C. said...

    Can’t wait for this! Hopefully, somebody puts all these panel discussions on youtube.

  • 3 7-09-2009 at 1:19 pm

    The Dude said...

    I’m looking forward to news regarding the new Tron movie! The original holds a special place in my childhood heart, and I’m praying to the movie-gods that Disney doesn’t screw this one up.

  • 4 7-09-2009 at 2:29 pm

    Christian said...

    Woh! Miyazaki at Comic Con! That just makes me wish I could be there even more. These are gonna be some awesome panels. Hopefully some of the Q & A ends up online.

  • 5 7-09-2009 at 2:58 pm

    JC said...

    Hmmm…the other JC resurfaces…how to differentiate our names?

  • 6 7-09-2009 at 3:04 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    There are two of you? Mon dieu.

    When in doubt, go for your real name, I say.
    ;)

  • 7 7-09-2009 at 3:16 pm

    James*JC said...

    Hah!
    When in doubt, I can use this name to differentiate two of us.

    Sounds good, another JC?

  • 8 7-09-2009 at 3:40 pm

    Clayton*JC said...

    Well, seeing as James is my first name, and I go by my second name in public, I’ll just use “Clayton” from now on…I haven’t seen anyone else with that name around here.

    So, anyways, I’M the JC that Kris got a bit annoyed with on the Michael Jackson front, posted on the “Cheap Thrills” thread, and questioned Guy about his love for Gone With The Wind.

    And now I’ll just go by “Clayton”…here. Seeing as, I believe, there’s another “James” or two already on this board, you can have the “JC” moniker, if you like, James*JC.

    Cheers.

  • 9 7-09-2009 at 3:44 pm

    Clayton said...

    And re: Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, I hope Depp’s Mad Hatter isn’t too much like his Willy Wonka, in behavioural terms. The latter was the only performance Depp’s given in recent years that I didn’t care for.

    No, I’m not really a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but I didn’t have a problem with his work in it.