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Comic-Con 2009: Disney 3-D Panel Impressions

waltdisneypictures-072309Making their first trip to Comic-Con, Disney held a special 3-D panel featuring several of their upcoming high-profile 3-D projects, including Alice in Wonderland, Tron Legacy (official name) and A Christmas Carol.  The panel was moderated by Patton Oswalt. Here are some highlights from the panel courtesy various sources [All impressions courtesy sourced sites]:

A Christmas Carol

  • Pictures were shown on the screen of all eight roles that Jim Carrey plays in the film.
  • Zemeckis showed an extended scene: “includes the footage of Scrooge being visited by the ghost of his late partner Jacob Marley. It starts earlier with Scrooge visiting Marley lying in a coffin with coins on his eyes and signing the death certificate. It then shows Scrooge returning home and walking up the staircase which is glowing eerily in red. The rest of the clip was pretty much what we had seen with the long build-up to the entrance by Marley’s Ghost as well as some of the footage that shows the various ghosts, much of which can be seen in the trailer.” []
  • Was asked whether he’ll be doing live action movies, says he’s into “sending this artform out into the world” because he likes the “control this artform gives the director.”
  • Was also asked about rumors surrounding a sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? [which I covered in this post].

More impressions on the A Christmas Carol panel, plus impressions from the panels on Alice in Wonderland and Tron Legacy follow after the jump.

A Christmas Carol [cont.]

  • Asked about being accused of his characters having “dead eyes” and living in the “Uncanny Valley”: “Zemeckis remarked that the Uncanny Valley was a term created for robots, and that film is different. Film is inherently a medium whereby directors use different visual tools to create a story, and that while 3D animation and motion capture are not for every film, they can be useful storytelling tools.” [/Film]
  • “HOLY SHIT. It’s not funny. It’s not a spoof. It’s a terrifying ghost story with bits of humor thrown in. Little kids will be scared to tears. You will be absolutely exhilarated. I mean, Robert Zemeckis done it. The crazy son of a bitch has done it. He’s beaten The Uncanny Valley. I almost want Patton to stop cracking jokes so I can write all my thoughts about the footage. The level of detail is astonishing. Before I thought that “A Christmas Carol” was too done to be done again but you’ve never seen it again. I was totally uninterested in this film before and now I can’t wait to see it. And the sound design, my god. When Jacob Marley threw his stone blocks from his shackles to the ground, the theatre quaked. After seeing that full scene, we got a quick montage of the various ghost haunting Scrooge.” [Collider]

Alice in Wonderland and Tron Legacy impressions after the jump.

Alice in Wonderland

  • Tim Burton made his first ever panel appearance at Comic-Con.
  • The teaser trailer was shown, and then shown again…and again…three times total.
  • Is this based off of both of Lewis Caroll’s books? “It’s really based off of all of his material.” Some of it is based off of his Jaberwocky poem, too. I’ve seen different versions and it was always just a girl wandering around so we tried to take all elements of it and weave it into a story. There is a certain weird dialogue that figures into it. We don’t use every character, but we tried… to make it new and feel different. []
  • Stephen Fry is the voice of Cheshire Cat.
  • Johnny Depp was a surprise guest.
  • At the conclusion of the Disney 3-D presentation, moderator Patton Oswalt announced that Disney is holding a secret tea in San Diego and he told everyone to follow ImportantDate on Twitter.

Tron Legacy

  • That’s the official title, Tron Legacy (more on this shortly).  Director Joseph Kosinski was present along with producer Sean Bailer and Steve Lisberger.  They were joined by the cast: Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde and Jeff Bridges.
  • They showed concept art from the world of Tron City: “including a view down from the top of Mile High Tower and a look at the arena for the city’s gladiatorial games including an update of Disc War, which features 16 combatants fighting at once and then the courts combining as someone is eliminated to create one giant count for the final battle. They also showed shots of the new Recognizer, the Solar Sailor, the two-passenger Light Runner, and the 5th Generation light cycle.” []
  • Filming began last week, but Kosinski cut a special scene featuring Hedlund (Sean Flynn) arriving at the old Flynn’s arcade which has been abandoned for 20 years: “The place has clearly been vacant for a long time and all the arcade games are covered in plastic but he flicks on the power and the jukebox kicks into the opening of Journey’s “Separate Ways” which was in the original Tron as all of the games comes to life. He sees a blue light emanating from the back wall so he walks back towards it and takes the plastic off the game and it’s the original Tron arcade game. He takes out a quarter to play it but it drops to the floor and he sees a crack on the floor and realizes that it goes behind the console. He pushes the game aside and there’s a secret door with blue light glowing from the cracks and he opens it up and walks in.” []
  • The film is still scheduled for a 2010 release, but the exact date is still TBA
  • The French techno band Daft Punk have composed 24 tracks for the film so far.

For complete accounts of the panels, check the source sites:, /Film (here and here), Collider, FirstShowing