SDCC 2017: Mattel and WWE Unveil New Actions Figures

WWE and Mattel were out in full force at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, where the WWE Superstars fashion doll line was revealed alongside a multitude of exciting Mattel products.

Call of Duty: WWII Nazi Zombies Beta Live Now

Activison and Sledgehammer Games are back delivering an original and terrifying new co-op survival experience in Call of Duty®: WWII Nazi Zombies. Players will embark on a chilling and mysterious journey through a snowy Bavarian village in Mittelburg, Germany, as they attempt to recover priceless works of art stolen by the Axis powers in World War II. This village holds a shadowy secret key to an unimaginable and monstrous power. Nothing is as it seems in this zombies horror, as a dark and sinister plot unfolds to unleash an invincible Nazi army of the dead.

A new horror rises on November 3.

DISENCHANTMENT – Matt Groening’s New Fantasy Series Comes to Netflix

Netflix has ordered twenty episodes of Disenchantment, an adult animated comedy fantasy series from the mind of Matt Groening.

In Disenchantment, viewers will be whisked away to the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, where they will follow the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo, and her personal demon Luci. Along the way, the oddball trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and lots of human fools.

“Ultimately,” says Matt Groening, “Disenchantment will be about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you.”

The series will feature the voice talents of Abbi Jacobson (“Bean”), Nat Faxon (“Elfo”) and Eric Andre (“Luci”), along with John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry, Jeny Batten, Rich Fulcher, Noel Fielding, and Lucy Montgomery. Animation is being done by Rough Draft Studios (Futurama).

Disenchantment will premiere on Netflix ten episodes at a time, starting in 2018, and is produced by The ULULU Company for Netflix, with Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons, Futurama) serving as executive producers.

“Matt Groening’s brilliant work has resonated with generations around the world and we couldn’t be happier to work with him on Disenchantment,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for Netflix. “The series will bear his trademark animation style and biting wit, and we think it’s a perfect fit for our many Netflix animation fans.”

D23 Expo 2017 – Animation Session – Wreck-It Ralph and the Disney Princesses

Leave it to Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) from Wreck-It Ralph to bring together all of the Disney Princesses. I mean all of them and they will appear in Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet.

  • Jodi Benson (Ariel)
  • Paige O’Hara (Belle)
  • Linda Larken (Jasmine)
  • Irene Bedard (Pochahontas)
  • Anika Noni Rose (Tiana)
  • Mandy Moore (Repunzel)
  • Kelly McDonald (Merida)
  • Kristen Bell (Anna)
  • Auil’l Cravalho (Moana)

Not in attendance but appearing in Wreck-It Ralph 2 are Idenia Menzel (Elsa) and Ming-Na Wen (Mulan).

D23 Expo 2017 – Animation Session – Wreck-It Ralph 2 – Ralph Breaks the Internet

Up next at the D23 Expo Animation Panel, Walt Disney Animation presents Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet. John Lassiter brings out the voice of Vanellope, Sarah Silverman.

Wreck-It Ralph 2 finds Vanellope in trouble when the game Candy Crush is broken. Ralph has to go to the internet to find a replacement part. Fans are shown a clip of Ralph, Vanellope, and the new character, Yesss (Taraji P. Henson). We see them entering the OhMyDisney.com website and they come across all of the Disney Princesses. Vanellope decides to mess around with their, but in turn, she learns a valuable lesson.

By Disney Princesses, we mean all the Disney Princesses and their original voices.

D23 Expo 2017 – Animation Session – Frozen & Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

This Thanksgiving, Walt Disney Animation is bringing fans Olaf’s Frozen Adventure as the opening short in front of Pixar’s Coco.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure takes place during the first Christmas after the events of Frozen. For the first time, Anna and Elsa will spend the holidays together and they want to throw a party, but all of the villagers want to go home and be with their family.

Since the sisters have never celebrated Christmas together, Olaf and Swen decide to go into town and research the Christmas traditions of the townsfolk. The short will feature four new songs.

During the session, John Lassiter brings out Kristen Bell to talk about the short and show a clip. Halfway through the clip, the sound goes out and Josh Gad appears to sing Olaf’s song live.

Lassiter also announces that Frozen 2 is in the works and that the original cast will be back and Frozen 2 will not be the final title. The final title will also not be “Thawed” or “Frozen Assets.”

No story details were discussed, but we were shown footage of the animator’s trip to Norway, Iceland, and Finland.

D23 Expo 2017 – Animation Session – Disneytoon Studios

D23 kicked off its Animation Session with an update on Disney’s little-known animation studio, Disneytoon Studios. Disneytoon is known for producing Disney’s direct to DVD Tinkerbell series and the underperforming Planes, starring Dane Cook.

Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lassister said that Disneytoon Studios is moving in a new direction. Animators have been researching the ever changing nature of planes and jet  and presented a short film called “Speed Test.” The short revealed a photo-realistic mountainous backdrop with jets. Think Cars and Top Gun. Nothing more was announced.

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