Disney emphasizes the cultural diversity of family culture in both live-action and animation with Pixar's "Mulan" and "Soul" remakes.
At the massive Saturday D23 Expo in Anaheim, Disney matched the film's strong muscles in both live-action and animation, emphasizing cultural diversity and heritage building. Among the standouts will be sneak peeks of Pixar's "Mulan" live-action remake (March 27, 2020) and Pixar's "Soul" (June 19, 2020), with the studio mainly black cast (led by Jamie Foxx as an aspiring .systematic piano). And the common thread is the wealth of the family in all its other forms.
In fact, Walt Disney Studios co-chairman Alan Horn literally emphasized the point when kicking off the show: "You're not just fans, you're family," he told crowd of 6,800 in D23 Hall.
Here are nine key takeaways from the D23 movie presentation.
1. Farewell to the "Skywalker Saga"
Horn began by introducing Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams will bid farewell to "Skywalker Saga" with the ninth and final "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" (December 20). The Battle fights the First Commandment to end the ancient conflict between the Jedi and the Sith, led by Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), and Oscar Isaac (Poe), who have appeared elsewhere along with other cast member with Billy Dee Williams (Lando). He said: "Lando has not left me."
Abrams tells a prophetic story about including the unused verse of the late Carrie Fisher, whose character Leia is "the heart of the story," he said. But when reading a warm recollection of her in her memoir, "The Princess Diarist," Abrams realizes that she thanked him for guiding her twice before signing on "Skywalker."
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2. The "Black Widow" Origin of Marvel
After Marvel president Kevin Feige and director Ryan Coogler is set to release "Black Panther 2" (May 6, 2022), and Feige has announced that Kit Harington ("Game of Thrones")) will play non-Eternal Dane Whitman in the cosmic adventure " The Eternals "(November 6, 2020), he offers exclusive footage of" Black Widow "(May 1, 2020), adding his own family spin.
In a hard-hitting movie action scene directed by Cate Shortland, which kicks off the MCU Phase Four, Scarlett Johansson finds Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow herself in a brutal kitchen fight with Yelena by Florence Pugh. She is not only a protagonist but a sister, and this is the start of a deadly ritual of passage for the future Avenger.
3. The Reimagining of "Mulan"
Due to the current trade war with China, the timing of Niki Caro's reconstruction ("Whale Riders ") will not be heavier. " What attracted me to this project was Mulan herself, her journey from village girl to soldier as a hero in a related and inspiring story over 1,500 years ago," says Caro . "In live-action, it's very, very visceral, and very emotional."
In fact, the footage is rich and epic in scope, yet full of wit. Mulan (controversial no-show Liu Yifei) dresses up for a meeting with a matchmaker in a state of confusion, but refuses to play the part of the silent, unseen husband, who destroys a teapot despite his valiant efforts to prevent disaster. Later, when the war broke out, Mulan took steps to honor her family by settling in as a male soldier, displaying remarkable grace and power in a montage intertwined with poetic speculation. If an animated Disney classic cries out to be revived as live-action, this is it.
4. Pixar and Pete Docter Seeking "Soul"
Pixar's new chief executive Pete Docter introduces his fourth feature, "Soul," a stunning companion piece to his Oscar-winning "Inside Out." "Originals or sequences, we make films that speak to everyone," he said. "Now I'm directing a movie about the ultimate questions: Why am I here? Metaphysics. Who will do it?"
"Soul" travels from the streets of New York City to the mysterious cosmic land of "The You Seminar, "where we discovered our unique personalities. Foxx's voice is Joe Gardner, a middle school band teacher who dreams of joining a jazz band. Led by Ahmir Questlove Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs , and Tina Fey lead the voice in support of the music. Musician Jon Batiste writes jazz music and scores from Trent Reznor
In the exclusive clip, after finally getting his big break, Gardner falls into a manhole and enters the cosmic world as a small ghostly character who must start anew go back. Again, Docter explores one of our darkest fears with imagination and humor.
5. Pixar Goes "Forward"
In another Pixar original, "Forward" (March 6, 2020), Avengers Chris Pratt and Tom Holland are reunited as brothers elves in search of their deceased father. Directed by Dan Scanlon ("Monsters University"), it is a world inhabited by non-humans where magic is replaced by fun and laziness. In the new footage, we discover that Holland has a gift for wizarding to bring back their father one day, but Pratt has the knowledge to make it happen. In a hilarious moment, the father is slightly back from the waist down, and the journey will be more difficult than they thought.
6. "Frozen 2" Trippier
As the new chief creative officer, Jennifer Lee has her own new vision for Disney animation, and it begins with Oscar-contending "Frozen 2" (November 22), which he once again co-directed with Chris Buck. This one will explore the enchanted forest elements that went horribly wrong by interrupting the forces of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. It offers a more varied visual aesthetic and a new spiritual adventure for vulnerable sisters Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell). Also returning are Josh Gad (snowman Olaf), and Jonathan Groff (iceman Kristoff). They were joined by "Westworld" star Evan Rachel Wood as their mother, and "This Is Us" Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown as a new military ally.
In the new footage, Anna is also bright with the origin story. about Elsa's great frozen powers. The song, "Everything Is Found," is one of seven all-new Oscar-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
7. Disney Embraces "Raya and the Last Dragon"
Lee introduces a new animated original, "Raya and the Last Dragon" (November 25, 2020), an animated fantasy / Asian adventure, directed by Paul Briggs and Dean The Wellins ("Big Hero 6," "Frozen"), produced by Osnat Shurer ("Moana"), and scripted by Adele Lim ("Crazy Rich Asians" ). It's about teenager Raya (Cassie Steele), who discovers the last dragon, Sisu (Awkwafina, from "Crazy Rich Asians"), is left on Earth as a protector against the dark forces. Like "Mulan," it explores hope and community, and the diversity of cultures in Southeast Asia.
8. A New "Jungle Cruise" Adventure
Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt engage in good sparring onstage to introduce "Jungle Cruise" (July 24, 2020), inspired by the theme-inspired Park attraction. Johnson, who plays river captain Frank Wolff, described it as a cross between "Indiana Jones," "Romancing the Stone," and "The African Queen." A mock trailer showed her "kick ass and save the girl." But not to mention, Blunt has shown that their relationship is a "two-hander" by introducing an alternative satire trailer in which his strength and cleverness as scientist Dr. Lily Houghton runs them on a journey to find "The Tree of Life."  9. The Return of "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil"
Exclusive footage from "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" (October 18, 2019) revealed a very complicated family romance, with which he returned Angelina Jolie as a maleficent in a battle with Michelle Pfeiffer's The Queen Ingrith, threatening her bond with god Aurora (Elle Fanning). In a delicious dinner scene at the palace, the Queen interrupts Maleficent's uncomfortable presence and urges a confrontation with her fellow racists. This triggers a war with unexpected allies (especially Chiwetel Ejiofor) to fight the new dark forces. Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.