Disney will have a major presence (and some “major presents”) at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego. For those of you who have never heard of Comic-Con before, this is where movie & tv studios, comic book authors & artists, actors, writers get together to unleash their upcoming wares on throngs of geeks. If I didn’t live so far away, I’d probably be there too!
The major buzz related to Disney will center around December’s upcoming “TRON Legacy” and the return (for the 3rd year in a row) of Flynn’s Arcade. There will also be a TRON Legacy panel on the 22nd, led by Patton Oswalt (voice of Pixar’s “Remy” from “Ratatouille”). There will be a new TRON Legacy viral event and we’ll get our first look at the new (and seriously overdue) trailer from the film.
Here’s the full dance card for all things Disney at the con…
BURBANK, Calif., July 20, 2010 – The Walt Disney Company makes its mark at the 2010 Comic-Con convention with an exciting lineup of feature films, scripted and animated series, and interactive booths providing fans with a first look at new content, experiences and merchandise, including toys, electronics, collectibles and more.
Thursday, July 22
11:15 – 12:45 p.m.
Hall H Walt Disney Pictures: “TRON: Legacy” — Returning for an unprecedented third year to the fans and convention that started it all, Walt Disney Pictures is pleased to present a special insider look at the upcoming “TRON: Legacy.” Panelists include filmmakers and talent from the film, director Joe Kosinski, producers Sean Bailey and Steven Lisberger, and cast members Jeff Bridges (Kevin Flynn), Garrett Hedlund (Sam Flynn), Olivia Wilde (Quorra), Michael Sheen (Castor) and Bruce Boxleitner (Alan Bradley). The discussion, moderated by Patton Oswalt, is set to include exclusive glimpses of the film, as well as a Q&A involving all panel participants, along with special surprise guests.
Aisle #3712 Throughout the convention, Disney will showcase an interactive TRON booth on the convention floor, giving fans a first look at the all new “TRON: Legacy”-inspired merchandise launching this fall. Capturing the action, light and cool aesthetic style of the film, the display will include toys, electronics, collectibles, apparel, accessories and publishing, in addition to Comic-Con exclusive products and the “TRON: Evolution” video game from Disney Interactive Studios. Disney will also reveal exciting new mobile content at the event.
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Room #5AB Walt Disney Animation Studios: “Tangled” — Disney’s Got Character Panel
— “Tangled,” the hilarious and hair-raising tale of Rapunzel, the beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair, will hit theaters this holiday season. Directors Byron Howard and Nathan Greno will be joined by head of story Mark Kennedy, Rapunzel character designer Glen Keane, and character development’s Jin Kim and Shiyoon Kim for a panel discussion.
Friday, July 23
2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
Hall H Miramax Films: “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”– Producer/co-writer Guillermo del Toro and director Troy Nixey present a first look at their new film, “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” a hair-raising, spine-chilling tale of horror about a little girl (Bailee Madison) who is sent to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in the old mansion they’re renovating, only to unwittingly unleash malevolent creatures bent on destroying all of them.
Saturday, July 24
2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Ballroom 20 ABC: “V” Panel — The addictively thrilling drama series returns to Comic-Con with a star-studded panel including Elizabeth Mitchell (Erica Evans), Morris Chestnut (Ryan Nichols), Joel Gretsch (Father Jack Landry), Logan Huffman (Tyler Evans), Laura Vandervoort (Lisa), Charles Mesure (Kyle Hobbs), Morena Baccarin (Anna) and Scott Wolf (Chad Decker), along with executive producers Scott Rosenbaum and Steve Pearlman. “V” will return for Season 2 in November.
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Room #6A ABC: “No Ordinary Family” Screening and Panel — This fall, the Powell family will go from ordinary to extraordinary. After their plane crashes into the Amazon River during a family vacation, the Powells discover they each now possess unique and distinct superpowers. As they try to find purpose for their new powers, they embark on a journey to find out what defines and unifies them. Panelists include creators Greg Berlanti, David Semel, Jon Feldman, and stars Michael Chiklis (Jim Powell) and Julie Benz (Stephanie Powell). “No Ordinary Family” will premiere on Tuesday, September 28 at 8:00 p.m., ET on ABC.
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Room #6DE Marvel Animation: Avengers Panel — Enter the Avengers Mansion and become a part of the team! Phil LaMarr (Jarvis) will introduce you to top-secret Avengers files, including never-before-seen footage, imagery, and the world premiere of two full-length episodes from the all-new “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” animated series premiering on Disney XD this fall! The road to the Avengers starts here!
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Room 9 Disney Interactive Studios: Disney Epic Mickey Panel — Disney Epic Mickey will be presented in a panel discussion with game designer Warren Spector of Disney Interactive Studios’ Junction Point and Peter David, award-winning comic writer and author of the upcoming Disney Epic Mickey “Tales of the Wasteland” themed comics. Spector and David will share their insights on bringing the world of Wasteland to life in the upcoming Wii video game, Disney DigiComics and graphic novel. The panel will include discussion, gameplay footage, artwork and a sneak-peek at the comics.
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Hall H Marvel Studios: “Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger” Panel — Producer Kevin Feige and special guests give you an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Sunday, July 25
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Room #6BCF ABC: “Castle” Panel — Making its Comic-Con debut, the panel will feature stars Nathan Fillion (Richard Castle), Stana Katic (Kate Beckett), Tamala Jones (Lanie Parish), Jon Huertas (Javier Esposito), Seamus Dever (Kevin Ryan) and Molly Quinn (Alexis Castle), alongside executive producers Andrew Marlowe, Laurie Zacks and Rob Bowman. “Castle” will return for Season 3 this fall on Monday, September 20 at 10:00 p.m., ET on ABC.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Room #6DE Disney Television Animation: “Phineas and Ferb” Panel — The Emmy Award-winning animated series brings the adventures of Phineas Flynn and his stepbrother, Ferb Fletcher, to Comic-Con. Panelist include Dan Povenmire, creator/executive producer (and Dr. Doofenshmirtz), Swampy Marsh, creator/executive producer (and Major Monogram), Vincent Martella (Phineas Flynn), Mitchel Musso, (Jeremy Johnson), Kelly Hu (Stacy Hirano) and Caroline Rhea (Linda Flynn-Fletcher). The panel will be moderated by Jill Sanford, director, Original Series, Disney Television Animation.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Room 6DE Disney Television Animation: World Premiere “Phineas and Ferb” episode “Summer Belongs to You.”
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Room #6A Disney Television Animation: “Kick Buttowski – Suburban Daredevil” Panel — Determined to become the world’s greatest daredevil, Kick Buttowski has quickly become a fan favorite. The hit series makes its debut at Comic-Con this year with panelists Sandro Corsaro, creator/executive producer, Charlie Schlatter (Kick) and Matt Jones (Gunther). The panel will be moderated by Eric Coleman, senior vice president, Original Series, Disney Television Animation.
About The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of about $36 billion in its most recent fiscal year.