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D23 Expo: 12 New Disney Animated Adventures Revealed!

Hold on to your ear hats, people.

Walt Disney Studios unveiled new details about its upcoming animation slate yesterday at the sold out D23 Expo, showcasing new imagery, music, and behind-the-scenes stories surrounding its roster of upcoming animated adventures.

And it’s awesome.

No less than 12 — yes, TWELVE — feature films and shorts will make their theatrical debuts starting this year and going into the magical beyond.

“It’s a fantastic, exciting time for animation at Disney and Pixar,” said John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. “The filmmakers at our three studios are so talented — their films are all so touching and beautiful, but so different. I am truly excited to share these films with everyone.”

Related: D23 Expo: 10 New Live Action Films Announced!

Take a first look at the upcoming releases from Disney Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Disneytoon Studios, and prepare for plot lines more magical than a fistful of pixie dust.

  • Walt Disney Studios’ Upcoming Animation Slate Revealed! 1 of 13
    Walt Disney Studios Animation Slate

    Wow... just wow.

  • Big Hero 6 2 of 13
    Big Hero 6

    Big Hero 6 features brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion — a robot named Baymax — Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the CG-animated film makes its 3D debut in theatres on Nov. 7, 2014.

  • Finding Dory 3 of 13
    Finding Dory

    Diving into theatres on Nov. 25, 2015, Finding Dory reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) with her loved ones:  Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks), Dory's mom Jenny (voiced by Diane Keaton), Dory's dad Charlie (voiced by Eugene Levy), Bailey (Ty Burrell), plus others — and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way. 

  • Frozen 4 of 13

    Fearless optimist Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) meets rugged, snow-covered mountain man Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff) and his loveable reindeer Sven for the first time in Walt Disney Animation Studio's Frozen, in theatres nationwide on Nov. 27, 2013. As the trio teams up to set off on an epic journey, they'll encounter Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.


  • Get A Horse! 5 of 13
    Get A Horse

    Get A Horse! made its U.S. premiere at the D23 Expo! Featuring Walt Disney himself (!) as the voice of Mickey Mouse. This black-and-white, hand-drawn theatrical short follows Mickey, Minnie Mouse, and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow as they delight in a musical hay wagon ride. That is, until Peg-Leg Pete shows up and tries to run them off the road. This groundbreaking short from Walt Disney Animation Studios opens in front of Frozen on Nov. 27, 2013.

  • Inside Out 6 of 13
    Inside Out

    Inside Out takes you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind. Riley, an 11-year-old girl who recently moved with her family to San Francisco, is not the main character but the setting for the film. Moviegoers will go inside her mind to explore how memories are formed and how a mixture of five emotions — Joy, Disgust, Anger, Fear and Sadness — defines life experiences. In theaters June 19, 2015, the film features an all-star voice cast including Amy Poehler (voice of Joy), Lewis Black (voice of Anger), Mindy Kaling (voice of Disgust), Phyllis Smith (voice of Sadness), and Bill Hader (voice of Fear).

  • Planes: Fire & Rescue 7 of 13
    Planes Fire and Rescue

    Disneytoon Studios' Planes: Fire & Rescue — teased at the end of Disney Planes — follows the Cars mold with this film. Featuring a quirky crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from a raging wildfire, Dusty (who will be voiced by Dane Cook in the follow up) must shift gears to join them when he learns his engine is damaged and may keep him from ever racing again. As he joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous air attack team, including spirited super scooper Lil' Dipper (voiced by Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie, and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers, he'll learn what it takes to become a true hero. Planes: Fire & Rescue hits theatres on July 18, 2014.

  • The Good Dinosaur 8 of 13
    The Good Dinosaur

    Disney Pixar's The Good Dinosaur will be winning lots of hearts when it hits theatres on May 30, 2014. With an all-star voice cast, including Lucas Neff, Bill Hader, Judy Greer, Neil Patrick Harris, John Lithgow, and Frances McDormand, the film asks the generations-old question: What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? A humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaurus with a big heart, ensues. After a traumatic event rattles Arlo's tranquil community, he sets out on a quest to restore peace, gaining an unlikely companion along the way — a young human boy named Spot.

  • The Pirate Fairy 9 of 13
    The Pirate Fairy

    Disneytoon Studios' The Pirate Fairy brought pixie dust to the festivities, unveiling the newest and most exciting adventure in the Disney Fairies franchise coming to theatres in Spring 2014. When a misunderstood dust-keeper fairy named Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks) steals Pixie Hollow's all-important Blue Pixie Dust and flies away to join forces with the pirates of Skull Rock — and a young Captain Hook (voiced by Tom Hiddleston - yep, of Thor acclaim) — Tinker Bell and her fairy friends must embark on the adventure of a lifetime to return it to its rightful place. However, in the midst of their pursuit of Zarina, Tink's world will be turned upside down. She and her friends find that their respective talents have been switched and they have to race against time to retrieve the Blue Pixie Dust and return home to save Pixie Hollow.

  • Toy Story OF TERROR! 10 of 13
    Toy Story of Terror

    Cue dramatic dum dum duuuum... This spooky new 30-minute special starts out as a fun road trip for the Toy Story gang, but quickly takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate. Toy Story OF TERROR! premieres on ABC on Oct. 16, 2013.

  • Zootopia 11 of 13

    No, it's not a hipster remake of Robin Hood (I wish!). Walt Disney Animation Studios' upcoming comedy adventure, tentatively called Zootopia, will hit theatres in 2016. Set in the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who's trying to make it big goes on the run when he's framed for a crime he didn't commit. Zootopia's top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they're forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends.

  • Legend of the NeverBeast 12 of 13

    Without an official movie still to go on for Legend of the NeverBeast, roaring to life Spring 2015, fans can't wait for first looks to come from Disneytoon Studios. The new adventure will take Disney Fairies on an epic action adventure full of heart and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Talented animal fairy Fawn (pictured) believes you can't judge a book by its cover — or an animal by its fangs — so she befriends a huge and mysterious creature known as the NeverBeast. While Tink and her friends aren't so sure about this scary addition to Pixie Hollow, the elite Scout Fairies set out to capture the monster before he destroys their home. Fawn must trust her heart and take a leap of faith if she hopes to rally her fellow fairies to save it.

  • Party Central 13 of 13
    Monsters University Party Central

    In a new Disney-Pixar short called Party Central, Mike and Sulley are back at Monsters University for a fun-filled weekend with their Oozma Kappa fraternity brothers. The gang is throwing their first party, but no one's showing up. Luckily for them, Mike and Sulley have come up with a plan to make sure "Party Central" is the most epic party the school has ever seen. The short will premiere on May 30, 2014 ahead of The Good Dinosaur.

Photo credits: Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, Disney Pixar, DisneyToon Studios

Information provided by Walt Disney Studios

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