After a 13-and-a-half-year hiatus a beloved Pixar franchise proved the old adage that absence makes the heart grow fonder as Incredibles 2 arrived on an estimated $180m to deliver the highest debut for an animated feature and a PG release in North American box office history.
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At this year’s D23 Expo, Disney’s version of Comic Con, Lasseter, the chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and principal creative advisor of Walt Disney Imagineering, recalled the moment he decided to be a cartoonist.
As part of the anecdote, he recalls his mother encouraging him to pursue his goals and what he did in order to achieve his dream career.
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Lasseter is widely credited with rescuing Walt Disney Animation from closure when he arrived from its new stable-mate Pixar in 2007 to become chief creative officer for both studios.
It hardly seems conceivable now — with Frozen (2013) among the 10 highest grossing movies in history — but Disney at the time was reeling from the derision heaped on Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Brother Bear (2003) and Chicken Little (2005).
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On Friday afternoon, Hall D23 became the place to be to learn about what’s next for Disney animation. Pixar CCO John Lasseter hosted a nearly two-hour panel of sneak peeks, teases and guest appearances to showcase upcoming movies from Disney Animation, Pixar and Disneytoon Studios.
A sizzle reels started the presentation, with footage from “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cars 3,” “The Jungle Book, “ and new titles such as “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Black Panther,” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.
”Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn then took the stage to highlight the morning’s Disney Legends Award Ceremony, and, of course, to talk animation. “None of this would exist without story animation,” he said, speaking of the company’s foundation. Lasseter then took the stage to discuss the Disney’s newest animated movies.
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One week from today, fans will be flocking to the Anaheim Convention Center for Disney’s annual D23 Expo, which is expected to showcase a number of highly-anticipated Disney movie. And it certainly looks like one of those will be The Incredibles 2. While we still have just under a year before this long-awaited animated sequel hits theaters, an eagle-eyed fan spotted what the first artwork from The Incredibles 2 on the official D23 app. The artwork does feature the official Incredibles 2 logo, that was first revealed at D23 back in 2015.
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