Pixar Prepares For The Future

Disney and it's subsidiaries aren't ones for sitting on their laurels. LucasFilm, or whatever it'll be known as under the Disney umbrella, have already announced they'll drive the Star Wars franchise into the ground with a new film every year. Marvel has secured it's releases up til the fall of 2016. And now Pixar has gotten in the game, by announcing all intended release dates for films up to 2018.

Mark the calendar folk, because past this year's Monsters University on June 21st, Pixar will release The Good Dinosaur on May 30, 2014, Inside Out on June 15, 2015, the Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory on November 25, 2015, and the untitled Día de los Muertos film from Lee Unkrich on June 17, 2016. Beyond that, films that the studio hasn't started making yet will be released on June 16, 2017, November 22, 2017 and June 15, 2018. At the beginning of the month, Disney CEO Bob Iger suggested that more sequels might be coming from the studio, and despite no announcements from Pixar, that double date in 2017 might be a good place to plant a potential uncertainty, especially if Monsters University and Finding Dory perform at the level of Cars 2 rather then Toy Story 3. Brad Bird has confirmed that, once he's finished with Tommorrowland, he might be willing to look at returning to the The Incredibles, the only Pixar film in my mind whose plot, rather then characters, is cohesive to sequelizing.

Disney themselves also locked up the dates March 4, 2016,  November 23, 2016, March 9, 2018 and November 21, 2018, note worthy for three reasons. One, Disney is stepping aside in favour of Pixar for the entirety of 2017. Second, unlike Pixar's five announced projects, Disney only has three confirmed films in the works, and two of them, Planes on August 9, and Frozen on November 27, come out this year. The third, Big Hero 6, a joint film made with Marvel, based on a Japanese based super hero group from the comics, will be released on November 7, 2014. Third, none of Disney's projects, announced or otherwise, for at least the next decade, will be done in traditional hand drawn animation, which is stupid.

Wouldn't it be great if, considering Pixar is directly responsible for the industry wide shift away from hand drawn stuff, if they announced an entirely hand drawn feature? I'd love and respect them all the more for that.

Via /Film.
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