For the last couple of days, and continuing this weekend, the Walt Disney Company has been holding its inaugural D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Centre, California, front of 4,500 adoring fans. Among the highlights: Johnny Depp turned up in his Jack Sparrow clobber to announce the fourth movie, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Strangers Tides, was due in 2011.
Tim Burton was there, too, to show some new footage and talk about Alice In Wonderland, and to officially announce Frankenweenie. Introduced by Disney Studios' chairman Dick Cook as a filmmaker who got his start at Disney as an animator, Burton corrected him by saying, "I was an in-betweener." Later, Cook asked why he wanted to adapt Alice and was told that it was his dissatisfaction with all previous movie versions. "Sorry," said Burton, "I know Disney did one."
Meanwhile, Cook announced that Disney and Guillermo Del Toro have formed a production company called Double Dare You to create "animated films with a spooky edge", with its first project called The Troll Hunters. "I love to take audiences into fantastic worlds and provide them with some anxious moments in the process," said Del Toro in a recorded presentation. "It is part of the Disney canon to create thrilling, unforgettable moments and villains in all their classic films. It is my privilege for Double Dare You to continue in this tradition."