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To kick off the live-action part of the presentation Disney Studios President of Production, Sean Bailey, came onstage.
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John Carter (March 9, 2012)
Producer Jim Morris came onstage and presented for us the teaser-trailer (already online) Of course, this was nothing new to most of us. This was followed by a sneak peek which was unfinished footage, and still a work in progress. At this point, Director Andrew Stanton took the stage and talked about the John Carter books and comics. Andrew talked about the casting of the movie and then brought the film’s stars out onto the stage.
Taylor Kitsch – John Carter
Lynn Collins – Dejah Thoris
Willem DaFoe – Tars Tarkas
Samantha Morton – Sola
Taylor Kitsch then proceeded to talk about who his character, John Carter, was and we were then given a very special treat. Several clips from the film which have not been released to anyone outside of the presentation.
Clip 1 – Showed us John Carter first coming to (from being unconscious) on Mars when a bunch of alien riders approached from the distance. If Carter didn’t realize something wasn’t right upon seeing them, he quickly figures it out when he jumps to get away and is amazed by the fact that his jump takes him to the top of the hill in front of him (due to Mars’s low gravity). Tars (DaFoe’s character) is fascinated by the human and tries to reassure him that they are friendly, placing his weapons down and introducing himself (in his own language).
Clip 2 – Carter is being held captive and attempts to escape (breaking his chains seemingly easily). It is here, where he is being held prisoner, that he meets the creature “Willa” for the first time.
Clip 3 – Carter is in Dejah’s chamber at her palace convincing her not to marry the one she is intended to. Dejah tries to indirectly ask if Carter loves her but we see her glimpse the wedding band on Carter’s hand which he is pulling back to hide behind his back. Guards knocking on her door from the other side are asking if everything’s ok in there. They break through the door and we see Dejah look back to the spot where Carter was standing before her only moments before. Seeing that he is now gone, she hesitantly responds back that everything’s ok.
Clip 4 – Carter and Tars have been sentenced to death and are in a gladiator-style arena. Tars looks to be injured, unconscious, or both as a giant creature is released from behind an arena door that will surely kill them both. the creature heads straight for Tars as Carter tries to distract it and gain its attention by rattling the chains that bind him on the ground. His efforts are successful as the creature heads for him and after a couple of very impressive jumps over the beast, one of the Barsoomians (in what appears to be a seating box reserved for leadership) says to bring out the second (beast).
Sean Bailey then came back onstage and gave us a peek at Tim Burton’s latest project.
“Frankenweenie” (October 2012)
Sean told us that this will be stop-motion and shot entirely in black and white (which was always Burton’s original intention for this film) and that it will be in 3D. He also pointed out that the combination of B&W and the newer 3D (that is the current standard) is a first. We were then trated to a video segment which showed us some of the filming process with the stop-motion miniatures and some clips from the film.
Producers Don Hahn and Allison Abbate then took the stage and brought one of the film’s stars onto the stage (who had just flown in from shooting in London). Sparky (the boy’s dog in the film) was presented to us. This was one of the actual miniatures used in the filming (the sitting version, as Allison told us) and we got a demonstration of how the puppet works. As the cameras zoomed in so we could see on the television monitors, Allison manipulated the ears, mouth, front legs and tail of Sparky (who has an internal metal skeleton with joints so he can move). We were also told that Tim Burton himself (who is quite a talented artist) did the design for all the characters in the film. They also talked about Burton’s vision and his art (making reference to his Museum of Modern Art exhibit which ran through April of last year).
Oh, and I almost forgot, Danny Elfman will be doing the musical score for the film!
The Odd Life of Timothy Green (August 2012)
Sean Bailey gave us an introduction to this one along with giving us the basic premise for the film. The Odd Life of Timothy Green is an inspiring, magical story about a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim-and their small town of Stanleyville-learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.
Jennifer Garner then came onstage and spoke briefly about the film and then the audience was shown the first teaser-trailer for the movie which is now online here.
Oz: The Great and Powerful (March 2013)
There wasn’t a whole lot that could be given to us on this one, as filming had just started the week before the expo. As such, we didn’t get any surprise appearances from Director Sam Raimi or any of the stars of the movie. What we did get was a brief video presentation with an intro from Sam Raimi as well as some looks at the concept art for what Raimi’s Oz will look like.
For those of you who haven’t heard of this one yet, it’s a prequel to The Wizard of Oz that tells us who the wizard is and how he ended up in Oz in the first place.
Here’s the synopsis from the “presser”:
“Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.
I’ll wrap up the “Studios Presentation” in part 3 soon…