There's plenty to look forward to over the next three to four years.
It seems that Disney has largely been focusing on re-booting the classics in live action, so it's been a little quite on the Pixar animation front. Of course, 'Finding Dory' is coming this summer and we've just received the first taster of 'Moana', but what else have Pixar fans got to look forward to?
Look no further. The schedule for Disney Pixar isn't what you'd call extensive, but aside from untitled projects (two of which are thought to be based on Delilah Dirk and Mickey Mouse, respectively) there's a lot of sequels to get stuck into.
'Moana' is set to arrive on Thanksgiving
1. Moana (November 23rd 2016) - The trailer for John Musker and Ron Clements' Pacific-based movie has finally arrived and we get out first glimpse of Dwayne Johnson's demi-god character Maui and newcomer Auli'i Cravalho's titular tribal princess. With a soundtrack partly written by Lin-Manuel Miranda from 'Hamilton', this is certainly not one to be missed this Thanksgiving.
2. Cars 3 (June 16th 2017) - We have to wait a whole year for the sequel to 2011's 'Cars 2', which will see the departure of director and writer John Lasseter and instead the arrival of Brian Fee in his directorial debut. The plot is so far unknown, but it seems Fee is more than up to the job with his experience in the art department for 'Cars' and 'Cars 2', as well as 'WALL·E' and 'Ratatouille'. Robert L. Baird and Dan Gerson have signed on to write the script.
Woody returns in 'Toy Story''s third sequel
3. Toy Story 4 (June 15th 2018) - Yep, there's going to be another one. It's been six years since 'Toy Story 3', but fans are going to have to wait another two to see the return of Buzz, Woody, Jessie and company. John Lasseter is returning as director alongside Josh Cooley ('Inside Out' writer), and 'Celeste & Jesse Forever' stars Rashida Jones and Will McCormack are collaborating on the screenplay.
4. Coco (November 22nd 2017) - The Oscar winning Lee Unkrich, alongside Adrian Molina, is at the helm for this film; a Mexican story that explores an ancient mystery and brings together the most amazing family reunion. That's all we know about the film so far, apart from the fact that it was previously entitled 'Dia de los Muertos' (Day of the Dead) which is a Mexican holiday that was explored in the 2014 film 'The Book Of Life'. Expect some similar themes there.
Has Wreck-It Ralph given up villainy for good?
5. Wreck-It Ralph 2 - We don't even have a date for this one. All we know is that it will be continuing the adventures of a so-called arcade bad guy. Except now he's a respected figure in the video game world; a hero who's good friends with his would-be nemesis Fix-It Felix. We've previously been told that this sequel will branch more into the exploration of console and onling gaming, and we could get to meet Mario and Tron.
6. Gigantic (March 9th 2018) - There's no mystery about this tale; this is a modern re-telling of the fairytale classic 'Jack And The Beanstalk' and will be directed by Nathan Greno ('Tangled'). It's set in Spain and sees young Jack discover a race of giants living in the clouds. Of course, there's a twist, because he soon finds himself befriending an 11-year-old girl with a titanic personality to match her 60-foot-tall stature.
We still don't know when to expect the long-awaited sequel to 'Frozen'
7. Frozen 2 - This one has been highly anticipated since the landmark success of the 2013 film. Fans just can't 'let it go'. An animated short entitled 'Frozen Fever' was released last year, but a full-length follow-up is due with Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee returning as directors.
8. The Incredibles 2 (June 21st 2019) - It's been more than a decade but Brad Bird is finally returning with a sequel to his double-Oscar winning superhero epic - but you'll have to wait three more years. So far, we don't know what's to come from the Parr family; perhaps Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack will be all grown-up and ready to take on the world without their super-parents.
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