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Onward Deleted Scenes, Insights And – Video Call Backgrounds?!

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Posted by Joanna • April 9, 2020

Pixar have been busy despite the world slowing down. Here’s a quick ‘Woody’s Round-up’ of some things of note that have happened in the last few weeks (which honestly feels like an era).

New Onward deleted scenes

Onward is out on Disney+ in the US now. For those of us that are still waiting for it to release in other countries, I’m afraid the news is quite vague, but Disney+ is working as quickly as they can to try and make it available more internationally. Here is a quote from a Disney+ spokesperson (thanks to Metro):

‘There are operational complexities involved in delivering the movie and making it available across multiple platforms on a global scale. We are happy to be able to offer the movie in the US now, and will continue working to broaden availability as quickly as we can.”

Some deleted scenes were posted in celebration of the Disney+ release.

‘Sirens’: This deleted scene even features a central character that ended up being cut from the movie – Jenny.

‘Partnership’: We find out more about Jenny in this scene. In the end, the focus needed to be more on the brothers and their relationship, and seemingly Jenny just got in the way of that.

‘Training’: This training sequence ended up being incorporated into other scenes in the movie. It’s interesting seeing the staff functioning in a different way here – it using up different ‘elements’ is a fun idea.

‘Unstoppable’: THIS IS THE MOST EMOTIONAL ONE AND I’M NOT SURE I CAN EVEN TALK ABOUT IT IN DEPTH. Please watch it.

Pixar-themed video call backgrounds

With the world being thrust into this weird virtual reality where suddenly everyone is using video calls for communication with friends and family and for conference meetings, Pixar have had the great idea of posting some backgrounds that can be used. You can find out what’s on offer and how to use them here.

Some more insights into Onward

Director Dan Scanlon did a live-tweet ‘watch-together’ session for Onward last week, which gave us a real insight into how the story came about and why certain scenes played out like they did. Here are some of our personal favourites:

 

Can’t wait to watch it again with all this newfound knowledge! And yes – A Quest of Yore is going to be a physical thing! It’s already a guide book which is currently available to buy at book stores, Disney Books, and Amazon. The board game is releasing later this year.

 

We hope everyone’s keeping safe and looking after each other and themselves during this difficult time! We’ll be aiming to post more regularly to keep people’s feeds filled with some more positive things.

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A Q+A with Onward’s filmmakers

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Posted by Simoa • March 6, 2020

At Pixar last fall, I was given the incredible opportunity of talking to story artists Kelsey Mann and Maddie Sharafian, and the director-producer team of Dan Scanlon and Kori Rae! That was my first time speaking to Pixar filmmakers face to face. I think it goes without saying that I was nervous – so much so that I was trembling. But they all made me feel so comfortable and at ease. And I got to gain even more insight into Onward through our conversations. So read on and learn about the film which is playing in theaters now.

UP: What are you most excited about in the film?

photo by Alex Kang

Kelsey Mann: I would say a lot and then very little. The part I’m most excited about is the very little. Initially, we didn’t have anything and then Dan started to think about his own experiences and what makes him unique. Part of it was growing up without a father. His dad passed away when he was just a baby, so he has no memory of him. So he started to think about how that shaped him and this is where we start with a lot of these movies. We look inward. “What have I felt in my own life? What are the things I’ve learned?” And he came to this realization about himself. He thought that would be a good thing to make a movie about and that’s really the reason we’re making this film and what he’s learned in his own life. At the first screening, we storyboarded that ending, and that ending has remained the same since day one. That is unique. I can’t think of a film I’ve worked on where we knew where we were headed from the beginning. Everything else changed a lot but not the ending.

KM: Maddie worked a lot with Ian and his introduction. Every screening, we had a different Ian. It wasn’t until halfway through – “There he is!” There’s a perception that we had the movie figured out because we always had that ending.

visual development art by Huy Nguyen

UP: What was it like balancing the silly with the heartfelt?

KM: That’s the type of film Dan wanted to make; that’s Monsters University and the films he made before he came here; that’s the way he usually makes films. He really wanted to make a fun comedy that hits you with emotion.”

UP: How did you come up with the concept of the unicorns?

KM: That was Dan’s idea early on.

photo by Alex Kang

Maddie Sharafian: It’s funny but it’s also sad. You can tell with the world, something’s a little bit off. You’re laughing at it but you also wish there was something better, which is sort of the way that Ian stands in his life. He wishes he had his dad but something’s not quite right.

UP: Was Onward more challenging to direct than Monsters University because it was a personal film or did that make it easier?

Dan Scanlon: They have their own challenges and benefits. Doing a sequel was nice because people love those characters and were excited to see them. Doing an original was nice because you could change the characters drastically to fit the story and even get rid of them if you needed to, and in a sequel you’re beholden to what you have. So it really became this push of benefits over losses for the two. And I don’t know that I can say that one was harder than the other. It’s nice to have a little experience under our belts for this one.

Kori Rae: Having done Monsters University really helped us have a little more confidence.

UP: Not that science and technology are bad, but the movie seems to be criticizing our world where people don’t care about finding whimsy or having an imagination.

DS: It’s more about finding balance. You’re right. It is more about making sure that we’re still challenging ourselves; still finding the potential in ourselves; still enjoying the nature around us and not getting too comfortable in every day things. It’s not meant to be a hard social criticism – certainly there’s some of that in there and it reflects Ian; the fact that he is too scared to get out of his comfort zone; afraid to take risks. He just wants to blend in and throughout this journey he comes out of his shell and I think the world mirrors that.

UP: You two have been a duo since MU; what’s it like working together?

KR: On the first film we were figuring each other out and as we figured the film out, we’ve always had great respect for one another and I think on this film we were able to teach one another what our areas of expertise were. I was super interested in story and being in the story room and Dan was interested in how the production works.

DS: General leadership and inspiring people and artists. We started to learn from each other.

KR: We got to know each other better working this closely together.

DS: We knew that we wanted to work together again, so from day one, Kori and I were talking and working on ideas and getting her support to make sure we could grow this story. It’s interesting because we’ve learned a lot from the other film and it’s nice to continue to grow and learn and I think the film benefits from it.

UP: Besides the lion for Corey the manticore and horses for the centaurs, what were the other animal references?

DS: That’s a good question.

KR: Goats for the satyrs.

DS: Antelopes too. With Blazey the dog, they looked at – she’s so cartoony but she has a lizard-y, snake quality to her. The fun of this movie is that fantasy characters are treated pretty realistically and this was fun to get a more cartoony take.

As an aside, Blazey the dragon is a girl! Everyone thinks she’s a boy.

UP: Did you find it difficult to strike a balance between the silly and more heartfelt moments?

DS: I think life is so funny and so emotional and – this is going to sound really pretentious – but they’re the same thing. The reason something is emotional is because it was funny first. The reason you love a character and you cry is because they made you laugh. I feel like it’s all interwoven. You cry because they said something funny. To me, emotion and comedy always stick together.

UP: What was the most difficult thing about directing this film?

DS: The story is always hard. We always had our ending, but trying to earn that ending. It meant a lot to us to get this point across. I think the burden of wanting to honestly and entertainingly get audiences to that point was really hard. You take it home when it’s a personal thing.

Read our review of Onward here, and be sure to spread the love for this very wonderful movie!

an early sketch by Dan

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New Featurette Marks Onward’s One-Month-To-Go Milestone

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Posted by Joanna • February 8, 2020

With Onward’s release date being March 6th, we’re now very much in the countdown stage. (Although honestly, we’ve kind of been counting down since the release date was first solidified). To celebrate the one-month-to-go milestone, Pixar have released a little ‘featurette’, which includes some input from Ian and Barley’s voice actors Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, their mom Laurel’s voice actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and manticore Corey’s voice actor Octavia Spencer. And director Dan Scanlon of course.

Things that we’re loving from this featurette (aside from the lovely comments from the director and voice actors):

1. That this foot-tap sign of affection is going to be a whole thing in Onward. 

2. The scenery! We can’t wait to see how fantasy shows itself in these big cities.

3. This digital clock that also has old-timey fantastical font for the numbers. All these contrasting modern fantasy features are genius.

4. This beautiful hug between two brothers.

Onward explores a relationship between two brothers that have been processing the death of their dad from a very early point in their lives. This is such a meaningful story because it’s inspired by director Dan Scanlon’s own experience growing up having lost his dad at just one year old. Let’s hope it helps bring families together all over the world when it’s released next month! It’s so touching that this was Dan’s brother’s reaction to seeing it:

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The Non Magical Quest for Onward’s Story

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Posted by Simoa • January 14, 2020

 “If something has happened to you, and you have real questions about it, chances are people in the world are gonna have similar questions even if they don’t have the same story.” 

-Dan Scanlon

That bit of insight perfectly encapsulates Pixar’s films and according to Dan, are also why they have stood the test of time. He added that the new SparkShorts program allows filmmakers to tell stories that are unlike anything the studio has done before. Onward, his second directorial feature, is yet another Pixar first. 

I was so fortunate to visit Pixar for the third time last October to learn about the making of the film and to cross paths with more passionate storytellers. One of my favorite things about this event was the filmmaker conference with Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae.

The Onward Long Lead press days, including a press conference with Kori Rae and Dan Scanlon, as seen on October 30, 2019 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

The two have a genuine camaraderie that makes them a winning director-producer duo, and it’s no surprise that they teamed up once again after Monsters University in 2013. One other MU alum on Onward is story supervisor Kelsey Mann. We got to see a photo of the trio on Day 1 of Onward, where there was just a single lonely post-it on a big stretch of whiteboard. As Dan recalled: “It’s just so tricky to come up with something from nothing. Kelsey and Kori and I went back on that first day and I don’t know what we did other than pin up that one thing and it’s terrifying.” His words echoed Kelsey’s about the terror of a blank page. 

The Onward Long Lead press days, including Madeline Sharafian and Kelsey Mann, as seen on October 29, 2019 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Marc Flores / Pixar)

But of course, that page is filled eventually, and Dan is helped by a team of dedicated story artists, led by Kelsey. In a presentation with him and one of the story leads Maddie Sharafian, we learned all about the storyboarding process for Onward. After clearing the initial hurdle of the blank page, the fear began to dissipate. As Kelsey noted, he and Kori Rae were there to help Dan through the process, which Dan was quite vulnerable about:

It’s a really scary thing and it’s a very private and lonely thing, even though you do have a lot of help, you do have to dig into yourself and your life and talk to people, talk to your friends…it’s like therapy.”

Kelsey Mann’s involvement at the start of the project is actually unusual. Most of the time, it’s just the director or the director and the producer in the early stages of the film. The three of them were joined by a handful of others to put the story up in cards and just talk through the scenes and story beats. Dan and his co-writer Jason Headley wrote a script which was then handed to the story artists. They all read it individually and then came together as a group to discuss what worked and offer critiques about what didn’t. When a scene is finished, the temporary voices are added, and it’s sent to editorial, which mixes in the sound effects and music. Now the artist’s initial pitch is strengthened by the music and atmosphere. 

Screenings are held for 35-40 scenes in the studio’s theater, and there are brain trust screenings for the crew, along with people who aren’t working on the film. And what’s really cool is that people will help out on the ideas for the film even if they’re working on other projects. The collaborative spirit really does animate the studio’s artists. 

But the real exciting part of this whole process are the storyboards. We actually got to see them for one scene in the film! And this was after the film screening we had viewed with all the finished animation. The boards were just as compelling. For the film crew, watching each artist’s storyboard pitch is similar to watching the actual movie. Kelsey described it as a play with multiple people presenting the scenes they worked on in succession. 

It’s definitely quite a challenge to find the right story, but what I really appreciated learning about this process was how certain decisions strengthened the story and the journey of Ian and Barley. We got to see how the story artists think through those decisions, with their writing and drawings. Kelsey and Maddie actually demonstrated for us how they do this by drawing on their iPads so we could see how the storyboarded scene was edited. A tiny glimpse into one of Pixar’s story rooms!

Onward story team members, including Madeline Sharafian, Louise Smythe and Rosana Sullivan, work in the “fishbowl,” a common work space for everyone to be together while working, as seen on November 8, 2016 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

 

Onward story team members work in the “fishbowl,” a common work space for everyone to be together while working, as seen on November 8, 2016 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

Dan also praised Onward’s story artists for their ability to understand Ian, who was a tough character to figure out. Because he’s so much more comfortable in the background, it was difficult for the team to find something ‘playable’ that they could all work on. He mentioned how a story artist was able to turn Art from Monsters University into a character everyone was familiar with, all thanks to the iconic line, “I can’t go back to jail!” For Ian, “It wasn’t until we got to the more blundering awkward stuff that Tom Holland does so well, that we said ‘he’s all of our horrible 16 year old selves’; all of us artists who want to hide and not be seen; he’s every awkward moment you’ve ever had embodied in a character and then he’s also the opposite of Barley. Barley is super confident and wild, he’s everything we wish we were in some way.”

Speaking of Barley, we even got to draw him with some help from Maddie!

The Onward Long Lead press days, including Madeline Sharafian and Kelsey Mann, as seen on October 30, 2019 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

 

Now you may be wondering how certain story elements are kept or discarded. Although Dan and Kori joked that he ultimately had the final say, his answer reflected a lot of thoughtfulness and humility. 

“…what makes it really hard is that everyone here is very smart and are all great filmmakers and I respect their opinion and that makes it difficult to make a choice because it’s not like I go, ‘hmph, that person’s wrong!’ I usually think ‘Wow, why are they saying that? There’s gotta be a good reason for that.’”

“It’s amazing how open Dan is and everyone is during the process because we really just want to make the best choices for the film. There are times we will debate things and we’ll leave a review. Afterwards people will go up and … [say] I’m still not sure about this decision and we will keep talking about it. That’s all we do all day long is make choices and decisions and try to move everything forward. It’s fun, it’s great, but we really do try to listen for the best idea, the thing that’s really best for the film. Dan is incredibly open. If anybody is questioning any decision that we make, we encourage them to talk to us about it. We’ve changed our minds on stuff.” – Kori Rae

While the story underwent many revisions, the core of it remained unchanged. It was always going to be a deeply personal film for Dan, one that still allows audiences to connect with it, even if they don’t share his experiences. 

Stay tuned, because more posts on this film awaiteth!

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Pixar sneak peeks at D23

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Posted by Simoa • August 26, 2019

D23, Disney’s official fanclub, hosted its bi-annual expo this past weekend. There’s been a drought of Pixar news recently, barring Toy Story 4‘s billion dollar box office earnings, but now we’ve got a nice trickle of news! Attendees were treated to previews of the newest Pixar films in theaters next year: Onward and Soul. And that’s not all, since the expo is always packed with lots of celebrations and giveaways for fans. This year, there were booths for a sculpting demo with longtime Pixarian Jerome Ranft, the Pixar archives, and designing toys. Guinevere, the truck from Onward, also made an appearance.

Here’s what we can look forward to in 2020!

Onward

Described by director Dan Scanlon as a modern fantasy quest, the film follows two elvin brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, living in a fantasy suburbia that has lost much of the former. Pixar’s films usually bring magic into the real world, but this time they’re taking audiences to an imaginary one where magic has faded.

I absolutely love this poster’s design. I’m a rookie pin collector, but I’d love to get my denim jacket on this level! Notice the cassette tape simply marked with Dad. It’s not as flashy as the others, but my eyes are drawn to it anyway. The Disney Store could even sell some of these pins; I covet that unicorn.

If you’d like to read more about the storyline, Collider has a great write up but beware of spoilers! Knowing how personal this film is for Dan Scanlon, those brief details about the footage screened at D23 is quite moving.

Soul

Pete Docter’s latest venture after probing the human mind in Inside Out will now plumb the depths of the soul. This film is already a challenge since many people don’t even believe in the existence of a soul. Pete hasn’t disappointed us yet though. And it’ll be the studio’s first ever full length film with a black protagonist! The synopsis over on Polygon also has a handful of plot details if you’d rather avoid those.

Soul tells the story of Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx), on a quest of his own like the Lightfoot brothers, but an entirely dissimilar one. Tina Fey also joins the cast as 22, along with Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs, and Questlove. The soundtrack will be provided by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and Jazz musician Jon Batiste. The newly unveiled character art:

Tina Fey as 22

concept art

Forky+

Pixar’s got a new shorts collection debuting on the new streaming service, Disney+, starring Forky! In “Forky Asks a Question,” Tony Hale reprises his role and revealed the other characters who will be joining our favorite spork as he unravels the answers to life’s questions. 

The Forky series will be available on Disney+’s November 12th premiere, but we still have many months to go before Onward and Soul. Looks like the drought is over!

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Onward we go! First Look at Pixar’s Newest Film Arriving Next Year

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Posted by Simoa • May 29, 2019

Meet the cast of Pixar’s 2020 feature film – a family of elves! People has the exclusive and even sat down with director Dan Scanlon who shared more details about Onward. The film stars Tom Holland and Chris Pratt as elf brothers living in a fantasy suburbia. Julia Louis-Dreyfus will appear as the pair’s mother. Octavia Spencer also rounds out the cast, but we don’t know yet what role she’s playing. And now here’s what we’ve all been waiting for, images from the film itself!

I like it! The premise is new territory for Pixar and siblings are at the center. I’m digging the clothes on the elves, and the fact that they have cars and dragons in their world. As Scanlon describes it, the brothers are on a quest to find out if magic still exists.

Ian (Holland’s character) is the younger of the two. He’s shy and awkward, while Barley, the older brother (Pratt), is much more outgoing and wild.

Of the film, Scanlon says:

“My hope is some of the questions that I’m asking in the film will be questions other people are asking about their own lives. And I think that’s what a lot of the times gets us to connect to a movie.”

We’ve got lots of questions of our own, and can’t wait to get more answers over these next couple of months! Onward will be released on March 6th, next year. Let us know what you think of it so far.

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“Onward” – Title And Cast For 2020 Original Pixar Feature Announced

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Posted by Joanna • December 12, 2018

Pixar have announced the title for their next original feature releasing on March 6 2020 – Onward. 


Up to this point, Onward (which has been described as a ‘modern fantasy’ film), directed by Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) and produced by Kori Rae, has been under the working title “The Untitled Pixar Film That Takes You To A Suburban Fantasy World“. It was first announced at the 2017 D23, and takes place in a world where fantasy has almost become mundane. Chris Pratt and Tom Holland will play the teenage elf brothers who set out on a journey together in the hopes of rekindling magic and spending one last day with their late father.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer have also been revealed as cast members. This isn’t Louis-Dreyfus’ first time lending her voice to a Pixar character – she voiced Princess Atta in A Bug’s Life way back in 1998!

The film is inspired by Scanlon’s own life and relationship with his brother – Scanlon’s father passed away when he was only a year old. Now that the title has officially been revealed, we can all look forward to more plot and character details being released.

Following the official release of the title, Pixar employees on Twitter have been expressing their excitement about working on the film. Pixar animator Austin Madison compared Onward to a Tolkien story, suggesting that this is a kind of fantasy that the studio has never explored before.

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if John Hughes directed a Tolkien story, you may want to join our quest.

Tolkien stories tend to have epic journeys, incredible amounts of lore, strong bonds between characters, and a lot of heart. We never knew that Pixar tackling a Tolkienesque fantasy feature was a thing that we needed, but this news has made the wait for Onward (or at least some more news on it) all the more excruciating.

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Pixar’s 7 upcoming movies – everything we know about them so far

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Posted by Joanna • March 6, 2018

Amidst all the excitement for the Academy Awards, you may have missed the news about Pixar’s schedule for their future movie releases. On March 1st, Disney announced the release dates for over 40 movies, including 7 new Pixar moviesSome we already know about, and some remain complete mysteries.

These next 7 Pixar movies will be released over the course of 4 years, 2018-2022. Have a look at the announced release dates below:

June 15 2018: Incredibles 2
June 21 2019: Toy Story 4
March 6 2020: Untitled Pixar Film
June 19 2020: Untitled Pixar Film
June 18 2021: Untitled Pixar Film
March 18 2022: Untitled Pixar Film
June 17 2022: Untitled Pixar Film

Now, we already know about Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4 of course, but there’s very little information on the Pixar movies beyond 2019. It’s amazing to think that in exactly two years on this very day (March 6 2020), Pixar are planning to release a movie that we might know nothing about.

At last year’s D23, we did learn about a brand new, original Pixar movie directed by Monsters University‘s Dan Scanlon – “The Untitled Pixar Film That Takes You To A Suburban Fantasy World“. This film will take place in a world where unicorns and dragons are the norm – Scanlon describes it as “a mixture of the fantastic and everyday”. As this is the only Untitled Pixar Film that we have even a fraction of information on, it feels safe to assume that this intriguing film will occupy one of the 2020 spots.

The Untitled Pixar Film That Takes You to a Suburban Fantasy World was first announced at the 2017 D23

Both Pete Docter (Monsters Inc, Up, Inside Out) and Brian Fee (Cars 3) have been reported to be working on original films, but beyond that, this new movie schedule is full of mystery and our minds are already racing. Pixar are clearly feeling confidently ambitious by planning on releasing two movies in both 2020 and 2022. It’s also interesting to note that no Pixar movie has ever been released in March before, and now two March movies are on the table. Perhaps this is a sign of a change in marketing strategies, or just a byproduct of the release schedules for competing movies throughout the year. Should we expect to see more sequels on the horizon? If so, which films would be most likely to gain an addition to their franchise? And if Pete Docter and Brian Fee are indeed working on new, original films, what amazing worlds are they going to transport us to?

We’re stepping into the unknown now, and it feels great.

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Details on The Incredibles 2, Toy Story 4 and more at D23

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Posted by Simoa • July 14, 2017

The d in D23 should stand for dream, because it’s a dream come true for anyone lucky to attend. While your faithful writers here at Pixar Planet weren’t at the convention center in Anaheim, we do have plenty of news that’s sure to get you pumped for Pixar’s upcoming slate!

Coco

Lee Unkrich’s tribute to Mexico’s most famous holiday will be released on Thanksgiving. Coco “explores the universal themes of family bonds as well as celebrating the past.” A new image of main character Miguel with Hector, his guide in the spirit world, was revealed at D23. Anthony Gonzalez, voice of Miguel and Benjamin Bratt, who voices Miguel’s idol Ernesto de La Cruz, performed a song at the panel’s conclusion. It was penned by the duo behind the music of Frozen, Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

The Incredibles 2

The Parr family returns to the big screen on June 15, 2018. Less than a year away folks! The original cast is back with newcomer Huck Milner voicing Dash. The film picks up just minutes after the events of the first, which means The Underminer gets much more screen time. And in this sequel, Elastigirl has a much more prominent role. This is what we’ve come to expect from Pixar sequels, a focus on new and returning female characters. More details about the film from Coming Soon.net:

“Bob is watching Jack-Jack, but falls asleep on the couch. On the TV, there’s an old black and white movie with cops chasing robbers. Jack-Jack sees a masked bandit on TV and then looks outside to see a raccoon digging through the trash. Thinking that the raccoon looks like the burglar, he confronts it. At first, the raccoon tries to scare the baby off, but Jack-Jack’s powers activate and he chases the critter through the yard Jack-Jack appears to have way more powers than in the short, too! Bob wakes up and finds his son fighting the raccoon and is super excited to learn that his son has powers.”

Check out this video celebrating fashion’s most intrepid designer, Edna Mode!

Toy Story 4

John Lasseter announced that the fourth installment will be directed by Josh Cooley. Cooley shared a director credit with Lasseter, but now the film is being solely directed by him. We’re excited for his debut!

And that’s not all. A new film with was also announced today. Fans should be delighted to learn that Dan Scanlon will be helming this feature, his first since 2013’s Monsters University. “The Untitled Pixar Film That Takes You To A Suburban Fantasy World” blends magic with ordinary life. It’s a world inhabited entirely by fantasy beings, but no human ones. One of the clips featured unicorns scavenging for trash. Not the ethereal creatures we usually imagine! Per Variety:

“…the untitled Pixar project will follow two characters who must go on a quest to track down their lost father, a man they known nothing about.” The project has some personal undertones for Scanlon, who lost his father at a young age. Hopefully this newest film will quell any lingering worries about Pixar’s reliance on sequels, and the persistent belief that they no longer are capable of original stories. No release date has been set.

A big thanks to our friends over at The Pixar Times for their coverage! Let us know which films you’re looking forward to most.

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Cars 3 director announced

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Posted by Simoa • February 22, 2016

Pixar has recently announced the directors of two upcoming films with very little fanfare. Tucked in away on a list of Pixarians Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 7.19.48 PMto follow on twitter (what, you weren’t following them already?), the directors of both Cars 3 and The Incredibles 2 were revealed.

We previously wrote about the sequel to everyone’s favorite superhero family in November, but we didn’t know for sure if Brad Bird, who is writing the script, would also return to the director’s chair. As it turns out, he is! This makes the second film all the more exciting.

Dan Scanlon, director of Monsters University, will be helming Cars 3. Scanlon, as evidenced by his twitter, has always brought a unique humor to his projects, and we’re definitely eager to see this next installment in the Cars franchise in his hands.

We also have to wonder if Scanlon’s involvement will bolster Cars 3’s standing with fans. The announcement drew tepid responses at best and flat out negative ones at worst. It’s rather interesting that directors for these films have been confirmed when the reaction to both has been so overwhelmingly different.

But as always, we here at Upcoming Pixar are excited to see what’s next and to support all our favorite Pixarians!

UPDATE: apparently, Oh My Disney was mistaken about Dan Scanlon. He will not be directing Cars 3, but he is working on another original project. Still plenty to be excited about!

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