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Will there be a Pixar musical?

Coco, Dia De Los Muertos, Lee Unkrich, Randy Newman, Rumors

Posted by Simoa • February 17, 2015

We’re not entirely sure.

But sites have been buzzing about the possibility of a Pixar musical after an interview Randy Newman gave for Classic FM, in which he mentioned that Lee Unkrich is currently working on a musical.

Immediately speculation arose about whether this musical was Unkrich’s untitled Dia de Los Muertos film (the Mexican holiday celebrating the dead, translated to Day of the Dead), which was announced in 2012. There haven’t been a lot of updates on the film since then, but that is to be expected as Pixar operates on a high level of secrecy concerning films in the pipeline. As this film doesn’t have a release date yet, it makes sense that not too much information or artwork has been revealed.

You can hear Newman at the 0:39 mark in the soundclip on Classic FM say: “He [Unkrich] isn’t gonna work with me again. He’s doing a musical now.”

Neither Unkrich nor Pixar have confirmed Newman’s comment, but we still have a long time to wait before we know whether his statement is accurate. What’s more telling about this interview is Newman’s assertion that he doesn’t get along with directors and that he may not work with Pixar again, as the byline for the article reads.

Randy Newman has scored and performed the music for a number of Pixar films, winning Oscars for “If I Didn’t Have You” from Monsters, Inc. and “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3, which Unkrich directed. Newman remarked that he wasn’t keen on the temporary score he created for the film, but Unkrich fell in love with it.

Whether Lee Unkrich is working on a musical (and whether Randy Newman will no longer create lasting, memorable music for Pixar) remains to be seen.

But the idea of a Pixar musical is a tantalizing one. That’s a territory the studio has yet to cover, and would prove the studio’s willingness to experiment with the new. Of course a Pixar musical would also invite the possible unfair comparisons to its parent company Disney. And if Lee Unkrich’s day of the dead film is the musical in question, it would certainly invite comparisons to Reel FX’s The Book of Life.

We can be sure nonetheless that the film will be bold and intriguing no matter what direction it’s taken in.

Are you for or against Pixar releasing a musical?

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Pixar Website Updated with New ‘Inside Out’ Synopsis

Dia De Los Muertos, Inside Out, Lee Unkrich

Posted by Brkyo614 • April 6, 2014

For such a technologically sophisticated company, Pixar hasn’t done the best job keeping their website up-to-date over the years. The site got a sleek redesign two years ago, but it still remains rarely updated; Monsters University was listed as an upcoming film as late as October 2013, for example. This week, Pixar finally updated the upcoming features section of their site with a listing for Finding Dory – over a year after its announcement – as well as an extended description for Inside Out. The new synopsis mostly retreads what we learned from last year’s D23 presentation, but it’s far more detailed than the original two-sentence blurb:

"From the tepuis of South America to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In 2015, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all – inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city,
house and school."

Also worth noting: the page now refers to Lee Unkrich’s next project as Untitled Lee Unkrich Film. The studio had previously called it The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dia de los Muertos.

What do you think of the new description?

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New Artwork From Pixar’s Future Lineup Revealed!

Dia De Los Muertos, Mind Movie (Inside Out), Monsters University, The Good Dinosaur

Posted by Brkyo614 • January 1, 2013

What better way to kick off the new year than a first glimpse at Pixar’s projects for 2013 and beyond? The animation studio seems to agree, as a new year’s card sent by Pixar to ComingSoon.net shows off some never-before-seen concept artwork from their upcoming features.

Aside from the Monsters University artwork seen last year, all of these images are brand new and extremely intriguing. Check out each piece and their respective synopses below:

Monsters University
Release Date: June 21, 2013
Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. Monsters University unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. Screaming with laughter and fun, Monsters University is directed by Dan Scanlon (Cars, Mater and the Ghostlight, Tracy) and produced by Kori Rae (Up, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc.).

The Good Dinosaur
Release Date:
May 30, 2014
What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? This hilarious, heartfelt and original tale is directed by Bob Peterson (co-director/writer, Up; writer, Finding Nemo) and produced by John Walker (The Incredibles, The Iron Giant).

The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside The Mind (Possibly The Inside Out)
Release Date:
June 19, 2015
Pixar takes audiences on incredible journeys into extraordinary worlds: from the darkest depths of the ocean to the top of the tepui mountains in South America; from the fictional metropolis of Monstropolis to a futuristic fantasy of outer space. From director Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.) and producer Jonas Rivera (Up), the inventive new film will take you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind.

The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dia de los Muertos
Release Date: TBA
From director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson, the filmmaking team behind the Academy Award®-winning Toy Story 3, comes a wholly original Pixar Animation Studios film that delves into the vibrant holiday of Día de los Muertos.

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Disney Dates 2015 Pixar Film!

Dia De Los Muertos, Monsters University, Pete Docter, The Good Dinosaur

Posted by Brkyo614 • October 15, 2012

In a batch of updates to their feature film release schedule this morning, Disney announced that a currently untitled Pixar project will hit theatres on Wednesday, November 25, 2015.

This new addition to Pixar’s lineup is the most distant yet, with Pete Docter’s Mind movie coming on June 19 of the same year and Monsters University and The Good Dinosaur set for June 21, 2013 and May 30, 2014, respectively. Though a title wasn’t included with the announcement, it’s fairly safe to assume that the film is the Dia de los Muertos-centric production that was teased at CinemaCon.

Pixar has struggled to launch two films in the same year for nearly a decade. Each time, though, plans consistently fell though due to the cancellation of Newt and numerous release date shifts. With this newly announced film and Pete Docter’s project both scheduled for 2015, could this be the studio’s first successful attempt? Stay tuned.

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