2019 D23 Expo News: Pete Docter Talks ‘Soul’, Dan Scanlon talks ‘Onward’—Bonus, Step Inside The Van From The Film

Learn all about Pixar’s upcoming 2020 release films, Onward and Soul at the 2019 D23 Expo.
D23 Expo 2019 Onward and Soul

The official D23 website has provided some exciting news regarding what fans can expect to experience during the feature films keynote presentation on Saturday, August 24 at 10:00 AM.

D23 noted, “Go Behind the Scenes with The Walt Disney Studios, in Hall D23, as Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee and Pixar Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter present never-before-seen footage and share surprise announcements. You’ll also catch musical performances and appearances by all-star voice talent from upcoming animation films.”

Dan Scanlon and Kori Rae Onward D23 Expo
Onward Dir. Dan Scanlon and Prod. Kori Rae

In addition to some great behind-the-scenes looks at Frozen II, director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae will introduce you to the characters of Pixar’s upcoming original feature film Onward. But, that’s not all — you’ll get to hear director Pete Docter and producer Dana Murray share some details on next summer’s original feature Soul.

Pete Docter and Dana Murray Soul at D23 Expo
Soul Dir. Pete Docter and Prod. Dana Murray

The note regarding the voice talent and a song has us thinking that there will be a musical performance from Frozen II, but hopefully, this will also include announcements of the actors behind Soul as well as a cameo from the actors behind Onward (Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Tom Holland). It could also include (potentially) a performance from Randy Newman since he will be in attendance at the event as well (more details below), but they likely won’t since he performed a Toy Story medley during the 2017 D23 Expo.

It’s great to hear that all of the news and information won’t be exclusively launched during the animation panel — D23 also notes, “all weekend long from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily on the Show Floor, the studios will team up once again for an immersive animation experience at D23 Expo. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about Frozen 2 and Onwardwhile also getting the chance to meet the teams behind the movies and receive autograph signings of exclusive art and a promotional giveaway!”

Onward van Guinevere at the D23 Expo 2019

One of the best parts of the Expo will allow fans to step inside a real-life version of Guinevere, the van featured in OnwardWe wrote a post about the real-life van last week and Pixarian Jay Ward confirmed that the van will be at the event. “Decked out with crescent moon windows and a “Pegacorn” (part Pegasus, part unicorn, of course) painted on the sides, Guinevere will offer guests a taste of the adventure that the two teenage elf brothers embark upon in the film.”

Love the merchandise that also comes along with the great meet-and-greets and panel discussions? Check out our additional post covering a preview of the merchandise in store for the event — like a limited edition talking black and white Woody, a Pixar-themed crew mug, and more.

Check out the D23 website for even more details regarding the D23 Expo and chat about the Expo with other Pixar fans in the Pixar Post Forum.

Pixar Post — T.J.

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