D23 has revealed the next cover for its Disney Twenty-Three magazine and quite appropriately it will be showcasing the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios film Wish. There will also be features found inside that cover The Marvels, the 30th anniversary of The Nightmare Before Christmas, and an interview with Muppet performer Dave Goelz as he celebrates 50 years with The Muppets. D23 shared more information about this new edition of the magazine, along with the cover. Check them out below!
DISCOVER A STORY A CENTURY IN THE MAKING
WITH EXCLUSIVE ARTWORK FROM WALT DISNEY
ANIMATION STUDIOS’ WISH ON THE COVER
OF DISNEY TWENTY-THREE
GET AN INSIDER’S LOOK BEHIND THE MAGIC OF THE
ALL-NEW MUSICAL COMEDY FEATURE FILM
PLUS, MORE ON ALL THINGS DISNEY ANIMATION INCLUDING A CELEBRATION OF THE NEW SHORT ONCE UPON A STUDIO AND A LOOK AT HOW CLASSIC FILMS ARE RESTORED TO THEIR ORIGINAL SPLENDOR
ENJOY A DEEP DIVE ON THE MARVELS WITH BRIE LARSON AND IMAN VELLANI, VISIT THE ORIGINAL STOP-MOTION PUPPETS FROM TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, AND HEAR STORIES OF 50 YEARS OF WORKING WITH THE MUPPETS FROM LEGENDARY PUPPETEER DAVE GOELZ
BURBANK, Calif. – October 26, 2023 – For 100 years, Disney has created a legacy of making wishes come true, and this November, Walt Disney Animation Studios will release its 62nd feature film Wish. The Winter 2023 issue of Disney twenty-three showcases the gorgeous new musical comedy with original, exclusive images on the front and back covers featuring Asha and her lovable sidekick Valentino, as well as the magical wishing Star, and the formidable King Magnifico. Before the film’s release on November 22, learn more about how the filmmakers paid tribute to Disney’s storytelling legacy, as well as the intricate details behind the creation of the characters, the music, and the kingdom of Rosas. Directors Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn as well as members of their production team spoke with the magazine for this special cover story.
Walt Disney Animation Studios continues the Disney100 celebration with the new animated short film Once Upon a Studio—now streaming on Disney+—featuring a one-of-a-kind reunion of characters from throughout Disney Animation’s storytelling history. Disney twenty-three goes behind the scenes with directors Dan Abraham and Trent Correy. The Winter issue also highlights interviews with the film preservationists and Disney Animation artists who restore the studios’ classic films—such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Cinderella(1950)—to their original colorful brilliance, the way audiences of that time would have experienced these beloved stories.
Travel higher, further, faster into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Brie Larson (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel), Iman Vellani (Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel), and director Nia DaCosta, in exclusive interviews revealing the making of the upcoming Marvel Studios feature, The Marvels*, due out November 10. Vellani tells Disney twenty-three that “Marvel has always championed this idea of finding this idealized version of yourself through their characters—a version of yourself that could stop a train with one hand and save the world.” Plus, Marvel comic fans can “assemble” to celebrate two other Super Hero teams with a look back at the unexpected origins of the Avengers and X-Men in honor of their 60th anniversaries.
It’s time to play the music, light the lights, and meet renowned designer and puppeteer Dave Goelz as he shares his 50-year journey with The Muppets. During an extensive one-on-one interview,* Goelz reminisces on highlights from his career bringing classic Muppets characters to life and working with The Muppets founder Jim Henson.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, readers can learn frighteningly fun facts about the poetic origin of the film, the inspiration for Sally, and the process behind creating and preserving the original stop-motion puppets.
The new issue, available exclusively to Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, also features details on the upcoming Disney+ Original family holiday comedy film Dashing Through the Snow, releasing on November 17, as well as a closer look at what’s happening at the Disney Parks, including the transformation of EPCOT and the 10th anniversary of Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disneyland® Resort.
Also in the Winter 2023 issue of Disney twenty-three:
- Read a special By the Numbers: Disney100 looking back at The Walt Disney Company from 1999–2023—the final segment in a four-part series.
- Compare the finished, full-color characters from Robin Hood with original story sketches, animation drawings, and concept art in a special Character Analysis in honor of the film’s 50th anniversary.
- Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Walt Disney’s True-Life Adventures with a look back at the origins of the nature documentary series, and how the films created a new kind of moviemaking that continues today.
- Hear from the authors of must-read books perfect for any holiday wish list.
- Regular features including Ask the Walt Disney Archives and a special D Society celebrating Disney fans.
Celebrate The Holidays with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club
Just in time for the winter holidays, D23 will be bringing back the popular Light Up the Season event at The Walt Disney Studios Lot in Burbank, California on December 10. More information on the event will be available soon. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, November 3.
In addition to many great benefits, D23 Gold Members also receive the 2023 Gold Member Collector Set, which features the Mickey Mouse “Leader of the Club” Milestone Statue, when renewing or joining this year. This once-in-a-century celebratory collector set will only be available until the end of the year, and a D23 Gold Membership also makes the perfect holiday gift for the ultimate Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars fans. Fans looking to treasure this one-of-a-kind collectible can do so by ordering a D23 Gold Membership through December 31, 2023.
Disney twenty-three is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps and is included as a benefit of their D23 Gold Membership. The latest issue will begin arriving before the end of November. Join D23 to receive this publication and get the inside scoop on all things Disney.
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s over 100-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic year-round through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; the latest news and stories on D23.com; member-exclusive offers and discounts; the popular D23 Inside Disney podcast; and special experiences for D23 Members throughout the year.
Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99/year), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99/year), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on X (Twitter), Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.
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