After Warner Brothers premiered footage from six of their upcoming film projects, including Jonah Hex, The Book of Eli and Where the Wild Things Are, Disney's John Lasseter took the stage to introduce footage and filmmakers from several of the studio's upcoming animated projects.
Among the movies covered:
- Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3-D -- Screening the opening, Star Wars-influenced sequence from Toy Story 2, Lasseter demonstrated the footage conversion and indicated that both films would look just as good as before, if not better, with that third dimension added.
- Toy Story 3 -- No footage from the film was screened, but director Lee Unkrich announced that Michael Keaton was cast as Ken, Barbie's longtime companion, and he showed fans a short "vintage '70s" featurette called "Groovin' With Ken."
- Beauty and the Beast 3-D -- Justifying the choice of this film by its critical acclaim (most important of which being its Best Picture nomination), Disney ran a clip of one of the film's opening scenes. It remains to be seen how effectively the overall film maintains its 3-D conversion, but preliminary footage looks conspicuously technical rather than just seamless.
- Prep & Landing -- This ABC TV special features two elves that infiltrate homes on Christmas Eve while Santa is en route and prepare them for his arrival. Featuring state-of-the-art technology both by the characters and storytellers, this CGI show takes the fun of the holidays in to the future – at least, one assumes that's what they hope will happen.
- Princess and the Frog -- Ron Clements and John Musker return to hand-drawn animation for this New Orleans-themed adventure that thankfully introduces a new and different kind of heroine in Disney's canon of princesses. A musical number flirts with but avoids racial and cultural stereotypes, but it's yet to be proven whether the guys responsible for The Little Mermaid can successfully resuscitate hand-drawn animation in a computer-generated age.
- Ponyo -- The appeal of Hayao Miyazaki's movies has always missed me, but a q&a and a short screening of some truly weird, truly beautiful footage made a definite impression on the audience. Lasseter's interview with Miyazaki was a terrific and insightful look into his creative process, and suggests that even with all of his acclaim and success,, there's still much more to come from this iconic Japanese animation figure.