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D23 Expo 2017

July 14-16, 2017 • Anaheim, CA

Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios once again join forces for a must-see animation experience at D23 Expo. Don’t miss artist demonstrations, autograph signings with top filmmakers, fan giveaways and interactive displays featuring the latest films including Cars 3, Coco, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, and Ralph Breaks the Internet:
Wreck-It Ralph 2.

  • All
  • Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Hall D23
  • Stage 28
  • Center Stage
  • D23 Expo Arena
  • Walt Disney Archives Stage

Anim(al)ation: Animating "Zootopia"

9:30AM - 10:30AM

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"Zootopia" head of animation Renato dos Anjos and animation supervisor for the character Judy Hopps, Kira Lehtomaki, share behind-the-scenes content, animation tests, and research footage highlighting the work that went into bringing the characters of "Zootopia" to life.

Artist Signing: "Zootopia" Animators Renato dos Anjos and Kira Lehtomaki

10:30AM - 11:30AM

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"Zootopia" head of animation Renato dos Anjos and animation supervisor for "Judy Hopps," Kira Lehtomaki sign exclusive artwork for D23 Expo guests.

Animating "Moana"

12:30PM - 1:30PM

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From character design to technological innovation, "Moana" heads of animation Amy Smeed and Hyrum Osmond explain what went into animating the film's two lead characters: Moana and Maui.

Artist Signing: "Moana" Animators Amy Smeed & Hyrum Osmond

1:30PM - 2:30PM

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"Moana" heads of animation Amy Smeed & Hyrum Osmond sign exclusive artwork for D23 Expo guests.

Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films, Hosted by John Lasseter

2:30PM - 4:30PM

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Join host John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, as he shares never-before-seen footage from Pixar’s upcoming feature Coco and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. Plus, surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by star voice talent. Cell phones, cameras, and all recording devices will be checked for this presentation.

The Power of the Princess

10:30AM - 11:30AM

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Join Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), and Auli‘i Cravalho (Moana) as they share stories from the making of these iconic films and how these characters have impacted fans across the globe. Hosted by Walt Disney Animation Studios animators Amy Smeed and Kira Lehtomaki.

Character & Costume Design

11:00AM - 12:00PM

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Sharing their body of work at Walt Disney Animation Studios, visual development artists Brittney Lee, Lorelay Bové and Neysa Bové discuss the exploratory process of vis dev, discovering iconic characters, and the unique costuming in "Moana."

Artist Signing: Visual Development Artists Brittney Lee, Lorelay Bové & Neysa Bové

12:00PM - 1:00PM

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Walt Disney Animation Studios visual development artists Brittney Lee, Lorelay Bové and Neysa Bové sign exclusive artwork for D23 Expo guests.

Signing: "Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2" Directors & Producer

1:30PM - 2:30PM

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The filmmaking team behind "Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2," including directors Rich Moore & Phil Johnston and producer Clark Spencer, sign exclusive artwork for D23 Expo guests.

D23 Expo "Animation Academy" with Mark Henn

2:00PM - 3:00PM

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Pictures and Stories: legendary Disney animator Mark Henn shares rare photos from his storied past at Walt Disney Animation Studios, and holds an interactive drawing demonstration for D23 Expo guests.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure: A Sneak Peek at the New Frozen Short Film

2:30PM - 3:30PM

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Be among the first to see exclusive and behind-the-scenes footage from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest Frozen holiday short film event, the highly anticipated Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. The film, which features the talents of the original Frozen cast, as well as brand-new songs, is directed by the Emmy®-winning team Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters (Prep & Landing) and produced by Oscar®-winning producer Roy Conli (Big Hero 6, Tangled).

D23 Expo "Animation Academy" with Eric Goldberg

4:30PM - 5:30PM

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Legendary Disney animator Eric Goldberg talks about his work at Walt Disney Animation Studios and holds an interactive drawing demonstration for D23 Expo guests.

Signing: "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" Directors & Producer

4:30PM - 5:30PM

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The filmmaking team behind "Olaf's Frozen Adventure," including directors Stevie Wermers-Skelton & Kevin Deters, and producer Roy Conli sign exclusive artwork for D23 Expo guests.

The Return of: Debunking Myths, Revealing Secrets of Disney Animation

5:30PM - 6:30PM

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The team from the Animation Research Library return to debunk more myths from Walt Disney Animation Studios lore.

Celebration of an Animated Classic: The Lion King

10:00AM - 11:00AM

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Join a Disney celebration of the magic, the music, and the majesty of the animated classic The Lion King. Producer Don Hahn, director Rob Minkoff, and animators Tony Bancroft and Mark Henn, along with some very special guests, reveal the secrets behind the making of the timeless animated classic.

Bambi’s 75th Anniversary

11:30AM - 12:30PM

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Celebrate the 75th anniversary and Walt Disney Signature Collection release of Bambi with personal stories from the voice cast, anecdotes behind the making of this film and its exquisite hand-drawn artwork, and much, much more.

Zero to Hero: The Making of "Hercules"

12:30PM - 1:30PM

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From the heights of Mount Olympus to the depths of the Underworld, celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Disney classic that showed who put the "glad" in gladiator! Join a group of legendary artists and filmmakers who brought "Hercules" to life – including directors John Musker and Ron Clements, animators Eric Goldberg ("Phil") and Ken Duncan ("Megara"), and Megara and Hercules themselves – Susan Egan and Tate Donovan – a they share stories from the making of the 1997 animated feature.

"Moana" Effects

2:00PM - 3:00PM

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"Moana" head of effects Marlon West and visual effects supervisor Kyle Odermatt break down the enormous challenges the production team faced in bringing Disney's most effects-heavy film in history to the big screen.

Signing: "Moana" Directors Ron Clements and John Musker

3:00PM - 4:00PM

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"Moana" directors Ron Clements and John Musker – the filmmaking team behind classics such as "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "Hercules," and "The Princess and the Frog" – sign exclusive artwork for D23 Expo guests.

The Legacy of Disney Animation - How We Work Today

4:30PM - 5:30PM

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Legendary Disney animators Mark Henn and Eric Goldberg talk about how they contribute their talents to the films of Disney Animation today, while keeping the legacy of the studio alive.

Artist Signing: Mark Henn & Eric Goldberg

5:30PM - 6:30PM

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Legendary Disney animators Mark Henn and Eric Goldberg sign exclusive artwork for D23 Expo guests.