Animation Lover’s Delight: Disney’s ‘Countdown to Zootopia’ (with Special Guests) Hits El Capitan Theatre Feb. 18

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WRECK IT RALPH. Used by permission. © 2012 Disney. All Rights Reserved.


*Disney is getting ready to show up and show OUT!

The studio is bringing several of its many animated classics — some with the filmmakers, cast and crew in attendance — for special screenings at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood, California, starting Thursday, February 18.

The classic films, (scroll down for Calendar Listing of dates/times) will include:

“Wreck-It Ralph” (2012): Pictured above… (director Rich Moore will be in attendance to talk about the film).

Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore take moviegoers on a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in “Wreck-It Ralph.”  Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer), the good guy star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he’s tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.

On his quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty. But it’s the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart racing game Sugar Rush, whose world is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it’s too late?

“Frozen” (2013): Pictured below… (with  directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee in attendance.)

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Walt Disney Animation Studios presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), who also wrote the screenplay. It is produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”). Featuring original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Tony® winner Robert Lopez and an original score by Christophe Beck.

“The Princess and The Frog” (2009): February 24.   Pictured below…(In attendance will be voice talents Anika Noni Rose, Jim  Cummings, Michael-Leon Wooley and Directors John Musker, Ron Clements

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Hardworking and ambitious, Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) dreams of one day opening the finest restaurant in New Orleans. Her dream takes a slight detour when she meets Prince Naveen (Bruno Campos), who has been turned into an amphibian by evil Dr. Facilier. Mistaking her for a princess and hoping to break the spell, Naveen plants a kiss on poor Tiana — thereby turning her into a frog as well. The pair hop along on an adventure through the bayous to seek the help of a powerful voodoo priestess.

A timeless heroine in the tradition of Snow White, Ariel, Jasmine and the rest of the beloved royal sisterhood, Tiana came to life with classic hand-drawn Disney animation from the revered team of John Musker and Ron Clements (“Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid”) and a jazz-infused musical score from Academy Award® winning composer Randy Newman (Best Original Song, “Monsters, Inc.,” 2001).

WINNIE THE POOH (2011): February 23 Pictured below…(voice talent Jim Cummings  and Producer Peter Del Vecho will be there!)

Winnie the Pooh
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Three stories inspired by A.A. Milne add up to a very busy day for Winnie the Pooh (Jim Cummings) and friends. Upon learning that Eeyore (Bud Luckey) has lost his tail, the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood start a contest to see who can find a new one for the melancholy donkey — with a pot of honey going to the winner. Amid the goings-on, Owl (Craig Ferguson) mistakenly relates the news that Christopher Robin has been abducted. However, all ends well when Pooh finds a land of sweet delights.


BOLT (2008): February 22Pictured below…

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Used by permission. © Disney.

The days of canine superstar Bolt (John Travolta) are filled with danger and intrigue … until the cameras stop rolling. But Bolt doesn’t know that he’s on a TV show; he thinks his amazing powers are real. When Bolt is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to the mean streets of New York, he begins his most-amazing adventure: Armed only with his delusions and accompanied by a cat and a hamster, he sets out to find his owner, Penny (Miley Cyrus).

Other screenings being shown at this special festival will be…

“Tangled” (2010): February 20 (with voice talent Mandy Moore, and director Nathan Greno)

Walt Disney Pictures presents “Tangled,” one of the most hilarious, hair-raising tales ever told. When the kingdom’s most wanted—and most charming—bandit Flynn Rider (voice of Zachary Levi) hides out in a mysterious tower, he’s taken hostage by Rapunzel (voice of Mandy Moore), a beautiful and feisty tower bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Flynn’s curious captor, who’s looking for her ticket out of the tower where she’s been locked away for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief and the unlikely duo sets off on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse, an over-protective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs. “Tangled”  is a story of adventure, heart, humor and hair—lots of hair.


“Big Hero 6” (2014): February 21. (with voice talents Scott Adsit and Ryan Potter, along with director Chris  Williams and producer Roy Conli).

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller).

Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.” Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”).

Calendar listing for “Countdown to ‘Zootopia’” Films and Times:

  • WRECK-IT RALPH (2012) Thursday, February 18 at 10:00a, 1:00p, 4:00p, and 7:00p with special presentation
  • FROZEN (2013) Friday, February 19 at 10:00a, 1:00p, 4:00p, and 7:00p with special presentation
  • TANGLED (2010) Saturday, February 20 at 10:00a, 1:00p, 4:00p, and 7:00p with special presentation
  • BIG HERO 6 (2014) Sunday, February 21 at 10:00a, 1:00p, 4:00p, and 7:00p with special presentation
  • BOLT (2008) Monday, February 22 at 10:00a, 1:00p, 4:00p, and 7:00p with special presentation
  • WINNIE THE POOH (2011) Tuesday, February 23 at 10:00a, 1:00p, 4:00p, and 7:00p with special presentation
  • THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (2009) Wednesday, February 24 at 10:00a, 1:00p, 4:00p, and 7:00p with special presentation

Venue:            The El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood CA 90028

Tickets:           In person — The El Capitan Theatre box office, 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood CA 90028

Phone -– 1-800-DISNEY6

Groups — Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110.


  • Single reserved seat admission — $10 includes small popcorn and drink
  • Single VIP preferred reserved seat — $20 includes VIP popcorn and drink
  • Four show VIP preferred reserved seating (Guest picks four movies and showtimes to attend) — $76 includes VIP popcorn and drink at each film
  • All seven 7:00pm with special presentations VIP preferred packages — $126 includes VIP popcorn and drink at each film.

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