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A look at the drawing board

At the D23 fan event, Disney unveils its new line-up and shows why it's probably the most influential pop-cultural force today

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At the D23 Expo last weekend in Anaheim, Rapunzel rubbed shoulders with Darth Vader as Minnie made friends with Captain America. Angelina Jolie swooped down as the horned, husky-voiced witch and John Goodman, last heard as Sully in Pixar's Monsters University, was declared a new legend. Attended by thousands of Disney fans, families and stars, D23 _ so named after the year that Walt Disney set up his studio in Hollywood _ was a biennial fan gathering and corporate expo where the creative vision of Walt and the entrepreneurial acumen of his organisation were celebrated, affirmed and expanded. 

An early look at The Good Dinosaur . The new Pixar film will be released next year.

It was the third and biggest D23, and that's because Mickey has never gotten tired of making new friends. In the past seven years Disney has grown in size and ambition, especially after the company acquired Woody, Jessie and Nemo in 2006 _ in short, the entire Pixar Animation Studios _ followed by its 2009 move to buy Marvel, which brought into its catalogue a roster of world-famous superheroes. Then last December, Disney announced the acquisition of Lucasfilm, scooping up the Star Wars franchise and its rich space lore.

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