Disney News Avalanche From D23: Gigantic, Toy Story 4, Coco

Disney’s big, annual marketing and PR jamboree D23 is underway for 2051 and there have been major announcements for a whole bunch of new projects including a new animated version of Jack And The Beanstalk called Gigantic and a Mexican-set, Day Of The Dead flavoured film called Coco.


• Gigantic is a new animated version of Jack And The Beanstalk to be directed by Tangled’s Nathan Greno with music from Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (who revealed that one of the songs – called “I Love You, Little Man” – accompanies an 11-year-old giant playing with the tiny Jack like a doll.

“You have to look at the original story, and then you have to mix in a lot of twists and turns,” says Greno. “You have to make it a unique film.” Greno reveals that the film is set in Spain. “Spain had this Age of Discovery — this age of exploration. If you look at a ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ story, that’s kind of what happens there, too. What if we set the film during the Age of Discovery, and have Jack go up the beanstalk and make the greatest discovery of all time?… It’s not what you’ve seen before. It’s a world of giants. We have different cultures. Different kinds of giants.”

The enemy giants in the film are called “storm giants.”

• Pixar’s John Lasseter officially announced Coco from director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K Anderson who worked on Toy Story 3 together. Unkrich called the story “fun yet powerfully emotional”. The film focuses on Miguel, “a spirited 12-year-old boy” growing up in rural Mexico. His actions begin a chain of events tied to an ancient mystery, one that “forever changes his fate.”

• John Lasseter revealed that Toy Story 4 will be a love story about Woody and Bo Peep. “It’s something we’ve never done before. It’s a love story between Woody and Bo Peep. Woody loves Bo Peep! At Pixar and at Disney, we only make sequels if we come up with a story that’s as good or better than the original. That’s our rule. We don’t do things just to print money.” John Lasseter will co-direct the film with Josh Cooley from a script by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, based on a story by Lassetter and franchise veterans Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich. Toy Story 4 is set for release June 15, 2017.



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