On the final day of the D23 fan expo Sunday, creative officer and Toy Story creator John Lasseter unveiled a new raft of news announcements after Disney chief executive Bob Iger talked Marvel and unspooled a third of the upcoming animated The Princess and the Frog.
As Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Studios chief creative officer, Lasseter holds court over both studios' offerings for the next two years. Following are highlights of Lasseter's presentation over the weekend in Anaheim, Calif.
1) Rapunzel voice cast unveiled. Mandy Moore will voice the title character in Disney's computer-animated feature based on the fairy tale. Chuck star Zachary Levi will voice Flynn, a bandit who joins a girl-power Rapunzel on her adventure.
2) Three new Toy Story 3 voices. In July, Disney announced the casting of Michael Keaton as Ken. Last week, it announced Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants. Over the weekend, Lasseter announced the casting of Jeff Garlin, Bonnie Hunt and Whoopi Goldberg, but he wouldn't say which toys they'll voice. "You gotta wait for that," Lasseter teased the audience.
3) Buzz Lightyear en español. Clips from Toy Story 3 revealed a new sequence in which Buzz Lightyear gets reset and reboots as a Spanish-language toy. He dances the tango and utters the Spanish equivalent of "To infinity and beyond."
4) More rabbits in Winnie the Pooh. Showing new concept art for the upcoming hand-drawn Winnie the Pooh feature film, Lasseter confirmed that Rabbit's friends would have screen time. They were only mentioned in previous Poohs.
5) Four new Tinkerbell titles. In addition to the upcoming Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure DVD movie, Lasseter announced Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue, Tinkerbell and the Mysterious Winter Woods and Tinkerbell: Race Through the Seasons.
Stay tuned for more reports on Disney animation, including Cars 2.