There were few surprises at Disney’s Hall H Comic-Con presentation Friday, save one for the end of the event. As the studio had announced, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, Sam Raimi’s The Wizard of Oz prequel Oz the Great and Powerful and the animated arcade game villain adventure Wreck-It Ralph were all part of the presentation.
Burton brought a new trailer to the Con for his stop-motion tale about a boy who brings his recently deceased dog back to life. In what he calls an homage trailer, Burton pays tribute to the classic horror films that inspired the look and style of Frankenweenie, a story he first conceived nearly 30 years ago and made into a short film.
Charlie Tahan voices young Victor, the grieving dog owner whose successful science experiment unleashes monstrous consequences. He joins previous Burton collaborators Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short and Martin Landau in the movie, in theaters and 3D October 5th, 2012.
John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman joined Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore in Hall H, entertaining attendees with bits from their animated comedy adventure.
Reilly voices the title character, an arcade game character tired of being over-shadowed by hero of the game, Fix-It Felix, voiced by “30 Rock”‘s Jack McBrayer. On a mission to prove he’s every bit as good as Fix-It Felix, Ralph hops from game-to-game in the arcade where he eventually crosses paths with Vanellope von Schweetz, voiced by Silverman. In her game, Sugar Rush, Ralph accidentally unleashes a villain that threatens the entire arcade, setting up the opportunity for him to prove he’s the hero he thinks he is. But is he?
Audiences will find out when the movie hits theaters November 2nd, 2012.
Oz the Great and Powerful
Audiences had seen nothing of Spider-Man trilogy director Sam Raimi’s version of Oz – a prequel chronicling circus magician Oscar Diggs’ journey to Oz and his rise to Wizard. The man playing him, James Franco, couldn’t be in San Diego for the convention, but producer Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman) and stars Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams, who portray Theodora and Glenda respectively, joined Raimi to talk about the movie and give the roughly 6,000 Hall H attendees a first look.
The studio released the first poster for the movie just last week on July 4th…
…and finally we get to see the first trailer that reveals a world every bit as colorful and vibrant as the world Dorothy stumbled into in 1939.
Here’s a video round-up of the three movies, the filmmakers and stars.
And leave it to Johnny Depp to steal the show. The Oscar®-nominated actor didn’t make an appearance in Hall H, but he did show up in the form of the first trailer for The Lone Ranger. Directed by Gore Verbinski, Depp plays Tonto, a spirit warrior on a personal quest who joins forces in a fight for justice with John Reid – played by The Social Network‘s Armie Hammer – a lawman who has become a masked avenger.
Disney hasn’t released the trailer for the rest of the world to see just yet, so for now, you’ll have to get your Depp/Lone Ranger fix from this photo released in March.
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and also starring Helena Bonham Carter, The Lone Ranger is slated to hit theaters in May 2013.