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Pixar and Disney thrill fans at D23 with clips and stars from upcoming animated features

By in Press Enterprise on July 15, 2017

By Peter Larsen

John Lasseter is the king of Disney and Pixar animated movies, so it’s no surprise that he got a rock star’s welcome when he walked on stage at the D23Expo in Anaheim on Friday to screen behind-the-scenes footage and share secrets about the studios’ upcoming films, including three that are so fresh they’ve yet to get titles.

But the really big stars showed more than an hour later, when one after another, eight of the women who voice eight Disney princess films walked on stage to the cheers and applause of 8,000 or so fans.

Jodi Benson, who played Ariel in “The Little Mermaid” was first and if she’d been it the fans would have gone home happy. But on her heels arrived Linda Larkin, who played Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” Irene Bedard, who filled the title role in “Pocahantas,” Anika Noni Rose, Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog,” Mandy Moore from the title role of “Rapunzel,” Kelly MacDonald as Merida from “Brave,” Kristen Bell, who’d appeared earlier to talk about her work as Anna in “Frozen,” and – perhaps getting the biggest cheers of all – Auli’i Cravalho of “Moana.”

Oh, and Sarah Silverman, too, who kinda sorta is a Disney princess now, at least that’s the premise of the scene from “Ralph Wrecks The Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2,” that introduced her character Vanellope to all of the princesses, which was the reason why most of them from that scene were on hand to walk out and dazzle the crowd.

Friday’s panel focused on Walt Disney, Disneytoons and Pixar animation studios releases. On Saturday a panel on the company’s live-action films takes place. Both are aimed at giving fans first looks at footage, announcements on new projects and release […]    

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