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Upcoming Pixar Films: Facts and Predictions

Hello and welcome to the third and last installment of the upcoming Disney films. We have covered Walt Disney animation studios upcoming animated films, live-action films, and now it is time to look at everything that Pixar has to offer in the next few years.

Right now Pixar has officially announced four upcoming films by 2019, so let’s take a look at everything that will be coming your way soon!

Cars 3

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Facts

This Pixar sequel will be in theaters sooner than you think, in just 6 short months! (June 16th 2017). Since this is the film that is approaching the fastest, we have quite a bit of facts to look at.

In this film, Lightening McQueen is blindsided by a new generation of racers that are much more technologically advanced, and with the help of a young race technician, he must figure out how to get back into the game.

From the teaser trailer, as well as the most recent trailer that was released a few weeks ago, we know that McQueen gets into a career altering accident, and as shown in the trailer “everything will change”.

Besides a new plot, there are a couple new characters that will be introduced in this film. McQueen has a new racing rival named Jackson Storm. As stated in the trailer, he is a new breed of racer, that is more technologically advanced and therefore can go much faster.

The other supporting character that will be introduced is Cruz Ramirez, who is a young race technician that will be McQueen’s trainer.

The director for the film will be Brian Fee, who was a storyboard artist for Cars, as well as Cars 2. He has worked as a storyboard artist and animator for many other Disney and Pixar films, but this will be the first film that he is directing.

The producer for the film is Kevin Reher. Reher has been a casting director for a wide variety of Pixar films. He also directed A Bug’s Life, as well a few Pixar shorts, including Day and Night, Partly Cloudy, and La Luna.

For voices, the original cast will be returning to voice their characters, including Owen Wilson as McQueen himself.

Predictions

If you are anything like me and was not a big fan of Cars 2, then you can relate to me having reservations about Cars 3. Cars 2 was not a huge success, and that is because they tried to make a film in a whole new world, that focused on a supporting character.

Finding Dory also did this task, but in that film, the main characters were still an important part of the film, whereas McQueen in Cars 2 played a much smaller role. However, when I heard the concept for Cars 3, I was very intrigued.

The plot does sound much more interesting than Cars 2, especially by bringing new cars with advanced technology, considering this day and age that we are in now.

Overall, I am hopeful that this film will go back to its original roots of what made the first Cars movie so successful.

Coco

Coco

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Facts

Out of all four films that Pixar has announced, Coco is the only one that is an original story.

Coco is about a boy who is raised by a family that has had a generations-old ban on music. However, the boy (Miguel) has the dream of becoming a musician, just like his role model, Ernesto de la Cruz.

Somehow Miguel finds himself in The Land of the Dead and meets a trickster named Hector. Together they set off on a fantastic journey to discover the truth behind Miguel’s family history.

This film will be focused on Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and looks as if it will be filled with a colorful interpretation of the Mexican culture.

It will be released this year as well, on November 22nd. The Disney Company loves to hire newcomers into the acting field, just as they did with Neel Sethi in The Jungle Book, and Auli’i Cravalho in Moana. Coco is no different, with newcomer Anthony Gonzalez voicing Miguel.

Ernesto, Miguel’s idol, is being voiced by Benjamin Bratt, who is best known for acting on Law and Order and Private Practice. Hector is voiced by Gael García Bernal, who is a well-known Mexican actor, director and producer.

The director of the film is Lee Unkrich, who is known for directing Toy Story 2 and 3, as well as Finding Nemo and Monster’s Inc. The film is being codirected by Adrian Molina, who was a writer for The Good Dinosaur and an animator for various Pixar films.

Predictions

Since this film is the only one that will be an original story and not a sequel, I am looking forward to it. The film’s team made several trips down to Mexico to learn about the culture.

Unkrich said “I’d seen it portrayed in folk art. It was something about the juxtaposition of skeletons with bright, festive colors that captured my imagination. It has led me down a winding path of discovery. And the more I learn about Día de los Muertos, the more it affects me deeply,” (Unkrich).

I am excited that Pixar is exploring a new culture, and wants to present it to the Disney community. My hope with the film is that they do not over market Día de los Muertos and make it stereotypical. It is really important, in not just this film, but every film the Disney Company creates that is showcasing a new culture, to keep the film authentic.

If it is anything like Moana, which focused on the South Pacific culture, than Coco should be a success.

Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2

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Facts

This film is one that we know virtually nothing about. Creating a sequel had been in discussion since 2007, but at a 2014 Disney shareholders meeting, this idea was confirmed. At the D23 Expo 2015, the official logo was released.

The only characters that are confirmed to reprise their role are Holly Hunter (Elastigirl) and Samuel L. Jackson (Frozone). This film is also confirmed to be directed by Brad Bird, who directed the first Incredibles movie.  Michael Giacchino will be the composer for the film. There has been no official plot details announced, however lots of theories and rumors have been flying around.

Predictions

Since there is no sort of plot to base it on, it is hard to guess if the movie will be any good. I for one was never a huge fan of the first Incredibles, so getting the news of a sequel wasn’t as exciting for me as it was for other people.

Overall, successful sequels are a pretty difficult feat. There are high expectations for the film to be as good as the original and the sequel must present a new and interesting story. So far Pixar has taken on quite the task with the amount of sequels they have, so I hope that this one will not get lost in the shuffle.

Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4

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Facts

This film isn’t set for theaters until June of 2019, but we still know a little bit about it. Toy Story 4 will be the fourth movie from the Toy Story films, and the response for the film has been split.

So far we know that the film is to focus more on Woody and Bo Peep’s love story. We know that the toys will go on some sort of epic adventure to get Bo Peep, but that is about all that we know about the plot.

The film will be directed by John Lasseter, who is the chief creative officer at Pixar. The film is also set to be produced by Galyn Susman, who worked with visual effects on Ratatouille and Monster’s Inc. She also produced the Toy Story shorts: Toy Story That Time Forgot and Toy Story of Terror.

Predictions

I honestly was not very happy when hearing about a fourth Toy Story movie. I thought that it was suited well as a trilogy, and that a fourth movie was just going to be a cash cow.

However, Lasseter assured people that this would not be the case. He stated, “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,” (Lasseter).

They are also taking their time. The film was originally supposed to be released this summer, but Cars 3 took that slot. Then they were going to release it in 2018, but Incredibles 2 was making more progress, so the film will not be released until 2019.

It may be a long wait but I hope that this film will do the franchise justice.

So there you have it! Pixar has a few movies that will be coming to you soon!

Let me know down in the comments your thoughts on the films, and which one you are looking forward to most.

Have a magical day!

~Marisa

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Marisa is 17, from Washington state and is currently studying in New York City. Although she travels to Disneyland every couple of months, she is a huge fan of anything and everything Disney, and you can catch up with her on Instagram (marisa_recker), and Twitter (@reckerwithane).
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