Disney Pixar has mastered a formula to bring the very best animated movies possible to their very dedicated fan base. Over the past 21 years, #Pixar has released iconic movies such as Toy Story and The Incredibles, rarely dropping the ball on captivating audiences. It would appear failure is not a word Pixar is familiar with, which is why creating a new Pixar movie takes some serious time. The latest Pixar flicks, such as Finding Dory and Inside Out, have been huge success so now is the time to look to the future.
Today, we'll be taking a look at the four anticipated new movie releases from Pixar, and which ones I'm thinking will be met with the most success.
Pixar has three sequels in the wings and one original movie as but of their upcoming releases, but fear not, EW reports that the four movies after the current schedule will all be originals. This list will be done according to release date, so without further ado let's look at the exciting list of new & upcoming Pixar movies.
4. Cars 3
- Release date: June 16, 2017
- Cast: Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Nathan Fillion, Kerry Washington, Larry the Cable Guy
- Director: Brian Fee
The Cars franchise is truly an anomaly in the world of Pixar. How a film that was anything but loved by critics gets a second sequel and a spin-off series with two entries is beyond most logical minds. It would make the most sense if we saw a Ratatouille 2 or the highly awaited Incredibles 2 before getting a third Cars movie, but alas that's not how things are happening. Now, I'm personally a fan of the first Cars movie, but hopes for #Cars3 are not terribly high. I feel a bit better after hearing John Lasseter's remarks:
“Lightning McQueen, he’s awesome. We’ve got some great new characters, some great racing in it. It’s a very emotional story. It’s a little bit more akin to 'Cars 1,' where you get into a deep emotion with him. It’s really a special story. It’s very emotional and his relationship with Doc Hudson, and his memory of Doc Hudson.”
Hearing this gives me a bit of hope that this sequel is closer to a emotional Pixar movie, rather than a cash grab relying on children's love of talking vehicles. All in all, I know I'll end up seeing this film regardless, so hopefully it turns out alright.
- Release date: November 22, 2017
- Cast: Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal, Renee Victor, Anthony Gonzalez
- Directors: Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina
The only original movie on Pixar's current slate, I'm hoping that #Coco goes the way of Inside Out as opposed to the forgettable The Good Dinosaur. The film is inspired by the Mexican holiday "Dia de Muertos," or the "Day of the Dead." The story will follow a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who sets off a series of events relating to a centuries-old mystery. The official story description reads:
Coco is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion.
Despite facing harsh international criticism early in the filmmaking process, Coco now seems on its way to become a classic. The film is also be co-directed by Lee Unkrich who directed the Best Picture nominee Toy Story 3. I'm really excited for this one, after seeing all of the promotional material for the film it looks like it will be a fun experience!
2. The Incredibles 2
- Release date: June 15, 2018
- Cast: Brad Bird, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson
- Director: Brad Bird
I cannot stress this enough: I can't wait for this movie! The Incredibles is probably my favorite movie of all time. We are living in what I call the "Golden Age of Superheroes" (or as I've also heard it called the "Superhero Renaissance"), and I've been waiting for this movie for 15 years! Unfortunately, we still have to wait another few years for #theincredibles2, so details about the movie are hard to come by. We know that since the second installment to the world of The Incredibles comes 15 years after the original, the timeline will mirror reality with the events of the film taking place 15 years after the events of The Incredibles.
What that means, I presume as the plot is being heavily kept underwraps, is we'll be seeing a teenage Jack Jack tackling the responsibilities of being a super and the stress of being a teen, Violet and Dash will be fully established heroes in their own rights while trying to balance a family life, and more than likely Mr. and Mrs. Parr will be happily living in retirement. Knowing Pixar, however, I wouldn't be surprised if we learned that Mr. Incredible died fighting crime since Pixar loves breaking our hearts (or have y'all forgotten about Up?)
With so many supers dying in The Incredibles we know nobody is safe. Of course, all of this is just the wild ravings of a fan who can't wait to see the sequel to my favorite movie!
1. Toy Story 4
- Release date: June 21, 2019
- Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Annie Potts
- Directors: John Lasseter and Josh Cooley
I'm conflicted on this one. On the one hand, I love the Toy Story franchise; it's easily one of the greatest things Pixar has ever produced. While on the other hand, Toy Story 3 was such a perfect ending for our favorite group of toys that doing a #toystory4 movie almost seems wrong. However, again Mr. John Lasseter puts some of my fears to rest:
"'Toy Story 3' ended Woody and Buzz’s story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie — and I wanted to direct it myself."
If the mastermind behind the most beloved animated movies of all time is this excited for the film, I guess I should be too. Of the four movies on this list, we probably know the most about this one: It's going to be a love story revolving around Woody and Bo Peep.
It was a very well kept secret for a long time (so well kept that even the President of Pixar and Disney Animation didn't even know it was being made). Woody and Buzz will be working together to find Bo Peep and bring her home, as she was absent in Toy Story 3. Famed composer Randy Newman will return to compose. Originally, Don Rickles was set to lend his voice to the fan favorite character Mr. Potato Head, but unfortunately Rickles passed away on April 6, 2017 before having the chance to record his lines.
Personally, I'm most excited for The Incredibles 2, but I have high hopes for the success of Toy Story 4 and Coco. Will Cars 3 prove to be successful? I'm going to go with a solid "no", critics won't like it much but it'll do fine at the box office and we'll probably see a Cars 4 down the line. In addition to this list, Pixar has also confirmed that they are working on three untitled projects with release dates of March 2020, June 2020, and June 2021, which means we have a lot of new and upcoming Pixar movies for years to come.
What next Pixar films are you most looking forward to? What else would you like to see from Pixar in the coming years? Let me know in the comments below!
Which movie are you most excited for?
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