Saturday, August 15, 2015

D23: Pixar Show Upcoming Slate, 'Coco', 'Toy Story 4' and more

Currently underway in Anaheim California, Disney's D23 event has become something like a San Diego Comic Con for fans of the House of Mouse. The convention is packed with panels, many held by the production companies themselves to share details of their upcoming wares. Friday saw both Pixar and Disney take to the stage.





Pixar revealed a row of new teaser posters for their currently announced projects- The Good Dinosaur ( late 2015), Finding Dory (2016), Toy Story 4 (2017), Cars 3 and The Incredibles 2 ("coming soon"). Initially though, there was also a blank poster- what was this mysterious project to be?  It would be revealed to be the mysterious Coco-set to be Pixar's next original (non sequel) movie after this autumn's Good Dinosaur.


This is in fact the film previously known as Untitled Dia De Los Muertos Project, that is inspired by Mexico's Day Of The Dead festival. It will mark Toy Story 3 Co-director Lee Unkrich's solo directorial debut. The film will centre on a 12-year old boy named Miguel and the premise comes from the question "what if you could meet your long-dead family members?"  Coco does not yet have a release date, but Pixar has reserved release dates for late 2017 and 2018 yet to be revealed.  [source]

 They also revealed more about Toy Story 4. Confirming previous reports, John Lasseter confirmed the focus of the story was a love story- between Woody and Bo Peep.  Woody's former beau, Bo was last seen in Toy Story 2, so the film will apparently see Woody and Buzz search for Ms. Peep. Toy Story 4 will be released in 2017. [source]

Before that though, Pixar will return beneath the waves for 2016's Finding Dory. It seems that the title of Andrew Stanton's fishy sequel actually has a slightly different meaning to what you might be expecting. It will, of course be focussed on Ellen DeGeneres forgetful Dory, but rather than just do a virtual re-run of the first movie it has a less literal take on the title. Rather, it seems this time around Marlin will help Dory find herself, by trying to uncover her roots,Triggered by a fragment of a memory from her past.

Also revealed were a several of the voice cast. Joining returning stars DeGeneres, Albert Brooks and Willem Dafoe will be newcomers Ed O'Neill (playing an Octopus named Hank), Idris Elba, Dominic West,  Ty Burrell and Kaitlin Oslon.   Finding Dory will swim into cinemas in June 2016.  [source]
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