After meeting the Emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old, taking a trip to San Fransokyo, where a boy genius and his robot save the world, and falling in love with a queen with icy powers who wants to "let it go," come see where Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios plan to take you next. In what has become a D23 Expo must-see, host John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, presents this in-depth look at the animation studios' slate. Filmmakers will unveil never-before-seen footage from Pixar's upcoming The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory and Disney Animation's Zootopia and Moana. The event will include surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by the films' star voice talent. One of these surprise announcements was Disney's new animated film Gigantic, which is set for release in 2018.

Things are looking up at Walt Disney Animation Studios - way up. Gigantic, Disney's unique take on Jack and the Beanstalk, will feature music from Oscar-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who greeted D23 Expo fans in signature style-in song-alongside director Nathan Greno (Tangled) and producer Dorothy McKim (Get a Horse). Here's what director Nathan Greno had to say about the project in a brief statement.

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"I always wanted to be part of the Disney legacy. I loved those classic stories brought to life-Snow White or Cinderella - in a way that made those films the definitive version for generations. I want to carry on that tradition by bringing 'Jack and the Beanstalk' to modern audiences. We're taking parts of the story we all remember and adding twists and turns, emotion and humor."

Set in Spain during the Age of Exploration, Disney's Gigantic follows adventure-seeker Jack as he discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds. He hatches a grand plan with Inma, a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl, and agrees to help her find her way home. But he doesn't account for her super-sized personality-and who knew giants were so down to earth? Gigantic hits theaters in 2018, although an exact release date was not given.

Disney has yet to announce any voice cast members for Gigantic at this time, but now that the project has been officially unveiled, we could get casting news in the very near future. Who do you think would be the perfect fit to voice Jack and the massive giant? While you ponder that question, take a look at our new video that features highlights from Friday's panel, and stay tuned for more on Gigantic.

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