Marvel, Pixar, Disney and DreamWorks Live-Action CinemaCon Recap; Includes First 30 Minutes of BRAVE, WRECK-IT-RALPH, FRANKENWEENIE, More

     April 25, 2012


When Disney took the stage for their CinemaCon 2012 presentation yesterday afternoon, they didn’t mess around.  Loaded with footage, movie stars, filmmakers and information, the presentation was definitely aimed at letting exhibitors around the world know that the Disney umbrella (which now includes Pixar, Marvel, Walt Disney films, and distributing DreamWorks live-action films) is loaded with a lot of big properties and they have no intention of slowing down.  While some of the upcoming properties just had the stars and filmmakers talking about the movie (The Lone Ranger), others like Frankenweenie had Tim Burton on stage with Sean Bailey (President of Production at Disney) talking about why he wanted to make a stop-motion black and white movie, followed by the screening of a full scene.

In addition to what I just mentioned, Kevin Fiege from Marvel talked about Iron Man 3, Captain America 2, Thor 2, and The Avengers.  Pixar’s John Lasseter talked about their next four years of movies including director Lee Unkrich‘s untitled Dia de los Muertos movie, Bob Peterson‘s The Good Dinosaur, Pete Docter‘s untitled movie, Monsters University (including world premieriing the teaser trailer) and a clip of Finding Nemo in 3D and the first 30 minutes of Brave.  More after the jump.

wreck-it-ralph-posterIn addition to what I just mentioned, one of the highlights of the entire presentation was Disney Animation’s Wreck-it-Ralph.  While I’d heard a lot of buzz about the project at D23, Disney showed off the first six minutes of the movie at CinemaCon and I was in love from the first frame.  It’s like they made this movie just for me.

For those not familiar with the project, the film centers on an 8-bit arcade villain named Wreck-It Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) who grows sick of constantly being viewed as the bad guy, and decides to prove he can be a hero by traveling into other video game worlds.  Wreck-it-Ralph exists in a video game called Fix-It Felix and it’s absolutely based on Donkey Kong.  If you grew up playing video games in an arcade (or are just a gamer in general), you’re going to love this movie.

Shortly after watching the presentation, I recorded a video blog with Peter from Slashfilm and Alex from FirstShowing.  We talked about all the footage and our overall thoughts.  Check it out below.

For more CinemaCon video blogs, here’s our recap of the Warner Bros. panel which included The Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit at 48fps, the G.I. Joe: Retaliation footage, and the Paramount/DreamWorks Animation panel.


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