Perhaps part of my soul will be there in Hall H. My body will be dead, as I am currently sticking my head into a sink of cold, cold. cold water and drowning myself Huey Lewis style after the inability to deal with the emotion of missing all this. I don’t think I will be able to be alive if I’m anywhere else but Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday. July 23rd between 11am and 2pm.
11:00-12:30 Disney: 3D Panelâ€” Walt Disney Pictures presents key filmmakers, select cast members and previously unseen footage from its upcoming slate, including Disneyâ€™s A Christmas Carol, Alice In Wonderland and Tron. Special guests include Robert Zemeckis, Tim Burton, Sean Bailey, Steve Lisberger, and moderator Patton Oswalt.
12:45-2:00 20th Century Fox and James Cameron present Avatarâ€” In this first public screening of footage in 3D from his much-anticipated action/adventure/fantasy, James Cameron, producer Jon Landau, and cast members take you to a spectacular new world beyond imagination. Conceived 14 years ago and over four years in the making, Avatar breaks new ground in delivering a fully immersive, emotional story and reinvents the movie-going experience.
Check out more Thursday highlights after the break, including the first ever choice of its kind in the universe…Dan Milano or Joe Dante?
More SDCC Thursday Awesomeness :
3:00-4:00 Robot Chicken with Titan Maximumâ€” Seth Green (co-creator, Robot Chicken and Titan Maximum), Matthew Senreich (co-creator, Robot Chicken and Titan Maximum), Tom Root (head writer, Robot Chicken/co-creator, Titan Maximum) and Doug Goldstein (head writer, Robot Chicken) with Chris McKay, Breckin Meyer, Kevin Shinick, Mike Fasolo, and Dan Milano discuss the popular Adult Swim series Robot Chicken. They will also discuss the upcoming new stop-motion animated series Titan Maximum, slated to premiere on Adult Swim this fall. Join this meet-up of show creators, writers and voice actors for a Q&A, moderated by Keith Crofford, vice president of Adult Swim production. Room 6A
3:30-4:30 Joe Dante: The Holeâ€” Legendary director Joe Dante (Gremlins 1 & 2, Innerspace, Explorers, The Howling) makes his return to the genre he knows best with the 3D thriller The Hole. Three kids come face to face with their darkest fears after they unlock a bottomless hole in the basement that makes their nightmares come to life. Join Danteâ€”along with actress Haley Bennett (The Haunting of Molly Hartley)â€”as he discusses his return to thrillers, working in 3D, and The Hole.
4:45-5:15 Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassusâ€” Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of both Comic-Con and Monty Python, we welcome the sole American Python, the great animator and director Terry Gilliam (Time Bandits, Brazil, 12 Monkeys) to introduce you to his new film starring Christopher Plummer, Johnny Depp, Heath Ledger, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, Verne Troyer, Tom Waits, and Lily Cole. Dr. Parnassus is a fabulous anachronism, touring the streets of modern-day London in a horse-drawn carnival wagon accompanied by his beautiful daughter, devoted dwarf, and neophyte barker. On stage Parnassus plays a holy man whose Imaginarium can realize the innermost fantasies of all who dare to enter. Backstage, he is a drunkard, a gambler who centuries ago lost a wager with the Devil and must now pony up with his daughter once she turns sixteen. Tomorrow. Yet, there may still be hope for the Doctor and Valentina in the person of Tony, a well-dressed amnesic they rescue from a perilous fate and invite into their world of unrelenting magic and possibility. Hall H
UPDATE – –
Jesus Christ it’s even better than I thought…
WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURESâ€™ COMIC-CON AGENDA IS FULL OF â€œFIRSTSâ€
DIRECTORS ZEMECKIS, BURTON TO TAKE PART IN FIRST-EVER 3D PANEL
ANIMATION LEGENDS MIYAZAKI & LASSETER TO ANCHOR ANIMATION PANEL
Studio to Showcase Key Titlesâ€”PONYO, TOY STORY & TOY STORY 2 DOUBLE FEATURE, DISNEYâ€™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) â€” 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 DISNEYâ€™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-CONâ€™S FIRST EVER 3D PANEL â€” 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 DISNEYâ€™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 â€” 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 Disneyâ€¢Pixarâ€™s TOY STORY/TOY STORY 2 double feature, Disneyâ€¢Pixarâ€™s TOY STORY 3, Walt Disney Animation Studiosâ€™ BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Walt Disney Animation Studiosâ€™ half-hour holiday TV special PREP & LANDING, Walt Disney Animation Studiosâ€™ THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG and Miyazakiâ€™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.
ABOUT THE MOVIES:
From the Academy AwardÂ®-winning director and world-renowned Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki comes PONYO, a story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale â€œThe Little Mermaid.â€ Already a box-office success in Japan, the story of a young and overeager goldfish named Ponyo (voiced by NOAH CYRUS) and her quest to become human features an outstanding roster of voice talent, including CATE BLANCHETT, MATT DAMON, TINA FEY, FRANKIE JONAS, CLORIS LEACHMAN, LIAM NEESON, LILY TOMLIN and BETTY WHITE. PONYO opens in U.S. theaters on Aug. 14, 2009.
TOY STORY & TOY STORY 2 â€“ DOUBLE FEATURE (In Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢)
Disney â— Pixarâ€™s TOY STORY and TOY STORY 2 return to the big screen in an exciting double feature Oct. 2, 2009â€”this time in Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢.
Theyâ€™re toys, they talkâ€”at least when people arenâ€™t aroundâ€”and theyâ€™re backâ€¦ celebrating the return of the â€œToy Storyâ€ franchiseâ€”this time in Disney Digital 3D. TOY STORY, the film that started it all, takes moviegoers back to that fantastic fun-filled journey, viewed mostly through the eyes of two rival toysâ€” Woody (voice of TOM HANKS), the lanky, likable cowboy, and Buzz Lightyear (voice of TIM ALLEN), the fearless space ranger.The comically-mismatched duo eventually learn to put aside their differences when circumstances separate them from their owner Andy and they find themselves on a hilarious adventure-filled mission where the only way they can survive is to form an uneasy alliance.
TOY STORY 2
Disneyâ€¢Pixarâ€™s TOY STORY 2 picks up as Andy heads off to Cowboy Camp, leaving his toys to their own devices. Things shift into high gear when an obsessive toy collector named Al McWhiggin (voice of WAYNE KNIGHT), owner of Al’s Toy Barn, kidnaps Woody (voice of TOM HANKS).At Al’s apartment, Woody discovers that he is a highly valued collectible from a 1950s TV show called â€œWoody’s Roundup,” and he meets the other prized toys from that show – Jessie the cowgirl (voice of JOAN CUSACK), Bullseye the horse and Stinky Pete the Prospector (voice of KELSEY GRAMMER).Back at the scene of the crime, Buzz Lightyear (voice of TIM ALLEN) and the gang from Andy’s room â€“ Mr. Potato Head (voice of DON RICKLES), Slinky Dog (voice of JIM VARNEY), Rex (voice of WALLACE SHAWN) and Hamm (voice of JOHN RATZENBERGER) â€“ spring into action to rescue their pal from winding up as a museum piece.The toys get into one predicament after another in their daring race to get Woody home before Andy returns.
DISNEYâ€™S A CHRISTMAS CAROL (In Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢ and IMAXÂ® 3D)
DISNEYâ€™S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, a multi-sensory thrill ride re-envisioned by Academy AwardÂ®-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, captures the fantastical essence of the classic Dickens tale in a groundbreaking 3D motion picture event.Ebenezer Scrooge (JIM CARREY) begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk (GARY OLDMAN) and his cheery nephew (COLIN FIRTH).But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before itâ€™s too late.Opens in theaters nationwide on Nov. 6, 2009.
Disney Animation’s The Princess and the Frog Poster
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THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents the musical THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, an animated comedy set in the great city of New Orleans. From the creators of â€œThe Little Mermaidâ€ and â€œAladdinâ€ comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana (ANIKA NONI ROSE), a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG marks the return to hand-drawn animation from the revered team of John Musker and Ron Clements, with music by OscarÂ®-winning composer Randy Newman. Opens on November 25, 2009 in NY and LA, and on December 11, 2009 nationwide.
PREP & LANDING
PREP & LANDING is ABCâ€™s first television special produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The half-hour holiday special reveals the never-before-told tale of an elite unit of Elves known as Prep & Landing. Every Christmas Eve, this high-tech organization ensures that homes around the world are properly prepared for a visit from the Big Guy (aka Santa Claus). After working tirelessly on Prep & Landing for 227 years, an elf named Wayne (voice of Dave Foley) is upset when he doesnâ€™t receive an expected promotion to be the Director of Naughty List Intelligence. Instead, Magee (voice of Sarah Chalke), the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center Coordinator (NPCECCC for short), partners Wayne with Lanny (voice of Derek Richardson), an idealistic rookie who has an undying enthusiasm for Christmas.During their Christmas Eve mission, Wayne and Lanny encounter unexpected challenges that push them to their limits.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (In Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢)
Walt Disney Picturesâ€™ magical animated classic BEAUTY AND THE BEAST returns to the big screen in Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢, introducing a whole new generation to the Disney classic with stunning new 3D imagery. Opening Feb. 12, 2010, the film captures the fantastic journey of Belle (voice of PAIGE Oâ€™HARA), a bright and beautiful young woman whoâ€™s taken prisoner by a hideous beast (voice of ROBBY BENSON) in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castleâ€™s enchanted staffâ€”a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, among othersâ€”and ultimately learns to see beneath the Beastâ€™s exterior to discover the heart and soul of a prince. Featuring unforgettable music by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, and an enormously talented vocal ensemble, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was the firstâ€”and onlyâ€”animated feature to receive a Best Picture nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND (In Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢)
From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure ALICE IN WONDERLAND, a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. JOHNNY DEPP stars as the Mad Hatter and MIA WASIKOWSKA as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queenâ€™s reign of terror.The all-star cast also includes ANNE HATHAWAY, HELENA BONHAM CARTER and CRISPIN GLOVER; Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. Capturing the wonder of Lewis Carrollâ€™s beloved â€œAliceâ€™s Adventures in Wonderlandâ€ (1865) and â€œThrough the Looking-Glassâ€ (1871) with stunning, avant-garde visuals and the most charismatic characters in literary history, ALICE IN WONDERLAND comes to the big screen in Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢ on March 5, 2010.
Disney at Comic Con International
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TOY STORY 3 (In Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢)
The creators of the beloved â€œToy Storyâ€ films re-open the toy box and bring moviegoers back to the delightful world of Woody, Buzz and our favorite gang of toy characters in TOY STORY 3.Lee Unkrich (co-director of â€œToy Story 2â€ and â€œFinding Nemoâ€) directs this highly anticipated film, and Michael Arndt, the Academy AwardÂ®-winning screenwriter of â€œLittle Miss Sunshine,â€ brings his unique talents and comedic sensibilities to the proceedings.TOY STORY 3 comes to theaters nationwide in Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢ on June 18, 2010.
TRON (title not final) (In Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢)
TRON is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world thatâ€™s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (GARRETT HEDLUND), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (JEFF BRIDGES), looks into his fatherâ€™s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevinâ€™s loyal confidant (OLIVIA WILDE), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.