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Posted by Simoa • August 20, 2015

I am very pleased to announce that a new writer is joining me here at Upcoming Pixar! It’s been a year since I took over from Bryan, and it truly has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I’m so happy that I also get to share it with someone else!

My co-writer is Nia! Nia grew up on a strict diet of animated and classic films. Her lifelong love affair with Pixar began after watching A Bug’s Life in cinemas many moons ago. Previously writing for BuzzFeed, Nia hopes to provide a unique commentary to the Studio’s films, culture, and animation.

I’m so excited to have Nia on board. As Upcoming Pixar continues to grow and evolve, it’ll be fun to share with you all the surprises in store!

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Pixar at D23 (UPDATE: Toy Story Land)

Coco, D23, Disney Parks, Finding Dory, Inside Out, Lee Unkrich, Pete Docter, Pixar Employees, The Good Dinosaur, The Incredibles 2, Toy Story 4, Toy Story Land

Posted by Simoa • August 15, 2015

D23 is this weekend, and there’s no shortage of awesome Pixar news! New logos, images, release dates, and synopses have been revealed for their upcoming slate, and the excitement for them has only increased. Without further ado, here’s all the brilliance fans were treated to.

“Riley’s First Date?” Pixar Animation Studios heads back inside the mind with an all-new short. “Riley’s First Date?” made its world premiere at D23 EXPO 2015. Director Josh Cooley, along with Inside Out filmmakers Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.) and Jonas Rivera (Up), introduced the short, which revisits Riley, now 12, who is hanging out with her parents at home when potential trouble comes knocking. Mom’s and Dad’s Emotions find themselves forced to deal with “Riley’s First Date?” The short will be included as a bonus feature in the digital HD & Blu-ray releases of Disney·Pixar’s Inside Out, which will be available digitally Oct. 13 and on Blu-ray Nov. 3, 2015.

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Anticipation for Disney·Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur was amplified when director Peter Sohn and producer Denise Ream shared breathtaking sequences with fans, including never-before-seen footage of a trio of T-Rexes in action. In theaters on Nov. 25, 2015, The Good Dinosaur features Arlo, a sheltered Apatosaurus who finds himself far from home among a host of intimidating creatures.

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Ellen DeGeneres (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”), the voice of everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, took a dip with D23 EXPO, celebrating Disney·Pixar’s upcoming film Finding Dory. Joining DeGeneres on stage this afternoon were Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”), who lends his voice to Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”), the voice of Bailey, a misguided beluga whale; and Kaitlin Olson (“Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), who voices Destiny, a kind-hearted whale shark. Oscar®-winning director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL•E), co-director Angus MacLane and producer Lindsey Collins (co-producer WALL•E) offered new details of the all-new story, which reunites Dory with friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? Also featuring the voices of Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy, Disney·Pixar’s Finding Dory swims into theaters June 17, 2016.

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And finally, Lee Unkrich’s Dia de Los Muertos film has a title, logo, and plot details!

Director Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and producer Darla K. Anderson (Toy Story 3) revealed the title of their upcoming film today at D23 Expo 2015. Disney·Pixar’s Coco is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion. Also worth noting that the protagonist of Coco is Miguel, a 12 year old Mexican boy, making him Pixar’s first Latino protagonist.

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image via pixaranimation on Instagram.

There’s also the clever, amazing logo for The Incredibles 2!

There is so much to look forward to, we don’t know where to begin. Check back in here for more updates on D23!

UPDATE: It was revealed yesterday that a new Pixar themed ride would be opening at the Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. Guests get a toy sized view of the world, made to look like Andy’s backyard, with a Slinky Dog rollercoaster and other amazing attractions. Concept art for the new land appears below.

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It’s always a good time to be a Pixar fan, but now even more so!

 

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Love Story

D23, John Lasseter, Toy Story 4

Posted by Simoa • August 14, 2015

When Toy Story 4 was first announced last November, an interesting detail came to light: it would be a love story. Since all the films in the Toy Story universes center on the relationship between children and toys, this is a surprising shift. While Bonnie might not be as prevalent in the forthcoming sequel, someone else is. After much speculation, John Lasseter has revealed that Woody and Bo Peep will be reunited.

Fans were upset when Bo Peep was absent from the third film. Her role had started to get smaller when Toy Story 2 was released in 1999. Lee Unkrich explained that her porcelain figure would have made it rather difficult to go on adventures with the other toys. Bo Peep also signified loss, not only for Woody and the rest of Andy’s toys, but as a childhood theme.

While this may be an unexpected development, it is an intriguing idea. Better yet, more focus on Bo Peep is a good thing! We can definitely expect more surprises from this film.

Toy Story 4 will hit theaters in June of 2017.

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