‘Riley’s First Date?’ ‘Gigantic’ ‘Moana’ and More Animation News from D23 2015


The first day of D23 2015 included a number of revelations about upcoming Disney projects plus some new images revealed for those at home. “Riley’s First Date” was shown in its entirety, the voice of the Gazelle in Zootopia was revealed, and test footage from Moana was shown. In addition, the audience got a peek at plans for Gigantic the 2018 remaking of “Jack in the Beanstalk.”

“Riley’s First Date?”

The entire short was shown in its entirety for the first time, and it was confirmed that it will be a bonus feature in the digital HD & Blu-ray releases of Inside Out which will be available digitally Oct. 13 and on Blu-ray Nov. 3, 2015.

ABC released a short clip of the short earlier this week:

Gazelle from UtopiaZootopia
Today, D23 attendees saw new clips from the film and heard a snippet of “Try Everything” sung by Shakira who will be voicing Gazelle, “the biggest pop star in Zootopia.”


The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure is directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”).

Moana Logo


Directors John Musker and Ron Clements(The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, Aladdin) and producer Osnat Surer (Pixar shorts “One Man Band,” “Boundin”) showed early test footage for Moana and Dwayne Johnson, voice of the demi-god Maui, took to the stage.


“Moana” introduces a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. She meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.

Gigantic ImageGigantic

Early thoughts on Gigantic, a retelling of “Jack and the Beanstalk” planned for 2018 were revealed. The movie will be set in Spain,

Adventure-seeker Jack discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds, hatching a grand plan with Inma, a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl. Directed by Nathan Greno (Tangled) and produced by Dorothy McKim (Get A Horse!), “Gigantic” hits U.S. theaters in 2018.


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