Disney held its annual D23 Expo over the weekend, and Moviefone was there to soak in all the crazy movie teases -- from casting details about the next three Pixar offerings to footage from the Studios' upcoming live-action projects, including "Maleficent" and "Saving Mr. Banks."
While Disney is apparently getting off on being withholding when it comes to "Star Wars," we certainly didn't leave D23 frustrated. Read on for several things we learned -- and saw ... and heard (love ya even more, Tom Hiddleston!) -- during the Disney-fied event.
1. Angelina Jolie Makes a Magnificently Scary Maleficent
While presenting a clip from "Maleficent," the 2014 revisionist spin on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, villainous star Angelina Jolie -- in a surprise appearance -- revealed that her costume frightened every child she approached (except, naturally, her 4-year-old daughter Vivienne, who plays a young Princess Aurora in the movie).
"These little kids would visit the set, and I would think, 'Oh, I am a Disney character,' so I would go over to them, and say, 'Hi there,'" she said. "They would just scream." She recalls that one even pleaded, "Mommy, please tell the mean witch to stop talking to me."
2. Tom Hanks Is as Charming as Ever in "Saving Mr. Banks"
Disney screened three new clips from "Mary Poppins" genesis story "Saving Mr. Banks," and Hanks is in fine form as the iconic man behind the Mouse. Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak, who play songwriters Richard and Robert Sherman in the film, were on hand to discuss their roles, and as a bonus, the actors treated the audience to a performance of "Let's Go Fly a Kite" -- with the real-life Richard Sherman. It was pretty supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
3. "Star Wars: Episode 7" Is Apparently Too Awesome to Talk About
Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn made no friends when he told the audience he couldn't spill anything new about Lucasfilm's next installment of "Star Wars."
"I wish I could tell you more, but it will come soon," he said to the crowd amid murmurs of disappointment. Yes, we grumbled.
4. Pixar Is on Its Game
Making up for Lucasfilm's silence, Pixar had all sorts of gems to share.
Out next summer, "The Good Dinosaur," in which dinosaurs never met their meteor maker, will feature the voices of John Lithgow, Frances McDormand, Bill Hader, Judy Greer, and Neil Patrick Harris, among others. A "Monsters University" short, "Party Central," will run before "The Good Dinosaur," following Mike and Sully's misadventures as they try to throw a frat rager.
Along with its crisp new title, "Inside Out" (formerly known as "The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind") has an all-star cast on board to give voice to the emotions of an 11-year-old girl: Pixar go-to guy Hader will play Fear, Amy Poehler is Joy, Lewis Black is Anger, Mindy Kaling is Disgust, and Phyllis Smith is Sadness. Prepare to get mental when it opens on June 19, 2015.
"Finding Nemo" follow-up "Finding Dory" swims into theaters later that year, on November 25, 2015. D23 announced dream team Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy as the voices of Dory's parents, and "Modern Family" cool dad Ty Burrell will lend his vocals to Bailey, a beluga whale.
To tide us over until "The Good Dinosaur" roams the cinemas, the ABC Halloween special "Toy Story of Terror" will premiere on the small screen this October -- and judging by the 10 minutes we saw, it won't disappoint fans of Woody & Co.
5. Marvel's Also on Its Game
Between the amazing preview footage from "Captain America: Winter Soldier," "Thor: The Dark World," and "Guardians of the Galaxy," Marvel confirmed what we already learned at Comic-Con: The studio knows what's up.
6. There's a World Where Animals Wear Clothes and Humans Never Existed
And it's called "Zootopia," an animated feature coming in 2016 about what it would be like to live in a world inhabited and designed by animals.
Other upcoming movies from Disneytoon Studios and Disney Animation Studios include the "Planes" sequel "Planes: Fire & Rescue," the Tinkerbell flicks "Legend of the Neverbeast" and "The Pirate Fairy" (featuring Christina Hendricks and Tom Hiddleston), comic book-influenced tech romp "Big Hero 6," and "Get a Horse!," an olden-timey-style Mickey Mouse short set to premiere in November as a lead-in to "Frozen." It features the voice of Walt Disney as Mickey.
Speaking of "Frozen," kids will be obsessed with Josh Gad's Olaf -- a magical snowman -- come November.
7. Loki Can Sing
"Pirate Fairy" and "Thor" star Tom Hiddleston delighted the crowd with an impromptu rendition of "The Bare Necessities" during the animation presentation. Or, as we like to see it, Loki performed a "Jungle Book" tune. And it was equal parts surreal and awesome.
8. It's Still Unclear What "Tomorrowland" Is About
"Tomorrowland" director and co-writer Brad Bird and co-writer Damon Lindelof are keeping it cryptic. During the live-action presentation, the two brought out a "dusty old box" -- ostensibly unearthed in Disney archives -- and proceeded to show the audience its contents, which included a mysterious disk dated November 1963 containing never-before-shown animation. They screened it, and it was pretty cool (though probably not really from '63), but it didn't shed any additional light on the upcoming George Clooney film-slash-enigma.