New Pixar movies – 2013 and Beyond


Pixar logo Image It’s an interesting time for Pixar. They’ve been dominating the animation world for over a decade, but with Cars 2 being nothing more than a merchandise cash grab and Brave unable to meet the high stand of their previous films, they’ve found themselves trailing to other animation outlets such as DreamWorks (How to Train Your Dragon) and Universal (Despicable Me).

Last month we asked whether Pixar’s dominance was slipping, and now we’ll take a look at the new Pixar movies which could get them back on track.

Monsters University – June 2013

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Monsters University will be the 14th movie made by Pixar and is a prequel to Monsters Inc. which made $525 million worldwide back in 2001. The plot follows the origins of Mike and Sully’s relationship all the way back to their time at the University of Fear. They weren’t always the best of friends, and the film unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became professional scream catchers.

John Goodman, Billy Crystal and Steve Buscemi are returning to voice their respective characters, and Cars storyboard artist Dan Scanlon will be making his feature film debut.

The Good Dinosaur – May 2014

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What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? That’s the only plot summary we’ve been given by Pixar, but it’s enough for us to get excited about the film. Bob Peterson (Up!) is directing and he said his inspiration “came from a childhood visit to the World’s Fair where he was awed by some dinosaur animatronics.” Peterson thought “it’s time to do a movie where you get to know the dinosaur, what it’s really like to be a dinosaur and to be with a dinosaur”.

The Untitled Pixar Movie that Takes You Inside the Mind – June 2015

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The official premise informs us that Pixar will take ‘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’.

Last year John Lasseter revealed the film takes place inside of a girl’s mind, and it is about her emotions as characters. This will mark the second Pixar film to feature a female protagonist after Brave, and Pete Docter (Up) will be the director in charge of bringing her emotions to life. It’s an interesting premise, and one Pixar can do pretty much anything they want with.

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Finding Nemo 2 – 2016

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Andrew Stanton is returning to direct the sequel to Finding Nemo, which made over $850 million at the worldwide box office in 2003. We don’t know anything about the story other than Stanton “has a concept the studio loves”, and Ellen DeGeneres is set to return as Dory, the Pacific Regal Blue Tang with short-term memory loss.

The Untitled Pixar Movie About Día de los Muertos – TBA

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Very little is known about this one, other than Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) is directing the film that delves into the vibrant holiday of Día de los Muertos. The Mexican holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. I’m not familiar with Día de los Muertos but I’m sure Pixar can work some of their magic and find something in there kids can enjoy.

Which upcoming Pixar movies are you looking forward to? Are there any new Pixar movies you think could return the company back to its glory days?

  • Cole

    I’m so excited for the Good Dinosaur and the untitled movie that takes place inside a girl’s mind. Pixar needs to get back to making completely original movies like these, because they are still the premier animation studio imo.

  • Robert Kent

    Pixar should try to get the film rights to the book series “The Stainless Steel Rat”.

  • Malcolm

    Growing up in San Diego, even just being a quarter hispanic, Dia De Los Muertos was a big part of my childhood. Beautifully decorated sugarskulls, alters covered in orange and red flowers, dioramas of skeleton mariachis and dancers in their finest. The holiday certainly has a unique aesthetic, and being so celebratory and welcoming of the spirits of ancestors kept it from feeling like ‘mexican halloween’. my only concern is there’s already been a few ‘the dead/scary aren’t so bad!’ kid’s movies, like Nightmare before Christmas or the afterlife parts of Corpse Bride (dissapointing film but still), and heck, even paranorman and Frankenweenie. It would take a new angle for it to be more than pretty.

  • trlkly

    So we got Psychonauts and Grim Fandango? Sweet!

    • GRhapsody

      Thank you for pointing that out. My thoughts exactly!

  • fandango!!

    Finding Nemo 2?? So Nemo’s gonna be lost again? FUCK YOU…

    • Gle

      Wow, jump to conclusions much? We don’t know that…

    • Hannah

      Shut Up!!! I would happen to love Finding Nemo 2 even if Nemo did get lost but, I’m pretty sure after like 20 years (since Finding Nemo has been released) they’ll make it not like the first one, so shut the front door!!!!!

  • ultimo24

    I realllllly want to see a “The Incredibles” sequel. There was a villain at the end, I think, if I’m correct? We didn’t get to see much of Jack-Jack in the movie

    • connie

      Wow there is so many ways they can spin off the Incredibles… heck they are having Monsters Inc go to a university. Why not have they kid go to high school or colledge..
      They one that they should have made a 2nd for and they didn’t!

      • Munchkin????

        I agree

    • jim

      I`m with you I do`nt understand why there has`nt been a sequel to The Incredibles either. The bad guy at the end was the Gopher or something like that.

  • Marissa

    I’m that one douchebag that never got all that excited about Pixar films, even in the past, and it still puzzles me how so many adults do. The beginning of Up I thought was closest to strictly adult entertainment (I really did adore that marriage montage; it would have made a great short film), but for the most part, the rest of their films are just fun family-friendly entertainment. I find the company overrated. Good at what they do, but overrated.

    That said, the film about the inside of the girl’s mind sounds like a neat idea. Could allow for some creative visuals, if Pixar would allow itself to be more abstract.

    Hey, as long as there’s no Toy Story 4 (which I just know there will be, damn them), colour me happy.

  • Robert

    I’m a big Pixar fan, ever since Toy Story. I didn’t like Cars 2, even my kids didn’t wanted to see the movie after 30 min. They couldn’t understand why cars wanted to kill each other. I would like to see a sequel to The Incredibles. I don’t know about Prequel on Monsters Inc, wish it was a sequel with boo been grown up. But Finding Nemo again? please don’t tell me he got lost again, sounds like Hangover 2 and 3. or worst, that Marlin got Alzheimer’s and that it is Nemo’s turn to find his dad.

  • Jacob Garrett

    I think they should do a movie John henrey

  • SonicHedgehogDisney

    i thought wreck it ralph was made by disney AND pixar. but they should really make a ANIMATED sonic the hedgehog movie that stays with the video games

    • JayWilliez

      Well usually video game movies are bad because the makers don’t do enough research, but I heard that Wreck It Ralph had a lot of research so I’m looking forward to that movie.

    • bunfoo

      Wreck It Ralf was only Disney. Although John Lassater from Pixar did work as a producer, i think, on Wreck It Ralf.

      • Fun size

        Not to spoil it but Wreck-It Ralph was one of the best movies I had ever watched.

  • The Guy12

    maybe finding nemo 2 will be about nemo and his dad both getting lost?

  • Leslie

    How about a “Finding Nemo 2 ” (where “Nemo” has become and adult and has his own little guppy, a Nemo, Jr. (2) who gets lost this time. “Nemo” will now have to channel his deceased father in order to find his own little Nemo, Jr. who goes MIA. Ha!

  • terriblemandane

    Wow, why all the hate for cars and cars 2, they are awesome movies. Fuck you all.

  • Robin

    I think Pixar should definitely stick to new stories( with the exception of Toy Story 3) that’s normally a bad idea. The thing people love about these movies is that they always have an underlying meaning and they make u think. Cars 2 just isn’t Pixar material. Initially, I was excited for Monsters University, but reflecting on it the bittersweet ending leaves u with a sort of warm feeling. It’s possible that this new movie could compromise the integrity of the awe created by the original. Dia de Los Muertos looks like it has potential, as well as the one about the inside of the girl’s mind. Dinosaurs one may or may not be good, depending on the p.o.v taken. That is one thing that makes Pixar so successful there ability to show us something in a different way like i.e. the factory of doors in Monsters Inc. that seemed to go on for eternity, and the long journey’s the toys took in all 3 Toy Story movies, Remi’s journey’s through familiar and non-familiar places, the complete society of an insect world in a bug’s life, and others that I cannot think of at this moment. As long as Pixar sticks to it’s guns it will always be a success. Anton Ego of Ratatouille expresses what makes people crave a Pixar Movie “you know what I’m craving? A little perspective.” That is why I want to work for Pixar and why it remains the best in the business, unlike other animations it keeps me thinking long after the now figurative film stops rolling.

  • Fun size

    Why is everyone swearing so much, to me Disney movies should never be talked about in bad language

  • http://roadrunner.com sweetness

    disney was and is my life you can hate all you want. haters are what make reviews interesting but really with the language cmon it shows you havent left your childhood

  • http://roadrunner.com sweetness

    i deffinatly agree on monsters inc and the one with reading the girls mind i want to see how they can put that together Also cars2 was so funny my family loved it the whole flying cars idea raised the roof

  • Oh, I see

    Find something in there kids can enjoy?.. Is not scary or not appealing to kids ¬.¬ You make an altar full of vibrant colors, eat mole, rice, etc, gather some cempazuchitl (a flower)… Is not sad but a celebration, honoring to those who lived among us, and now we remember with love their life and the good of it. Its a reunion, is not a stupid “dressed like a slut” party.

  • atorontoguy

    I am looking forward to Monsters University. The rest do not grab me. I wonder if pixar is tapped out. Why are they not exploring the Incredibles further?

    • http://twitter.com/AngrodTV AngrodTV

      They are very interested in doing an Incredibles sequel but they stated (can’t remember which interview) they only want to do it if there’s a story there. They haven’t found anything that would make up for an entire movie and obviously it’s not as much of a safe bet as the other sequels that are in the works.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jack.sch.5 Jack Sch

        Indeed. Monsters Inc came out a long time ago, and the gap between toy story 2 and 3 was big. Give them time and if it feels right they’ll do it.

      • Bumi Satria Pandawa

        I have an idea: What if the film takes place 13 years after the first one? And focuses on the baby? Think about it……. What if the baby was to never use her powers again as it was too powerful for her to control. The movie takes place when the baby is already 13, with Mr. & Mrs. Incredible have already retired and the kids were at they’re 20’s. During some important scene, a kid bully’s him to the point that he starts a brief outrage, and the president called his older siblings to talk about how he had harmed the bully, thus, leads to a rather dramatic scene about them talking about her powers. Later, the villain comes in to kidnap him, planning to use her powers for world domination using the power of a mind control device he created. Now it’s up to the rest of the Incredibles family, including Mr. & Mrs. Incredible to save him. During they’re journey, they’ll face certain problems like the ex-incredibles not being able to pull off their usual strength, and Violet frequently losing control of her telekinetic powers.

  • aye

    need to make another toy story and incredibles looking foward to monsters university and finding nemo

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.sch.5 Jack Sch

    Im looking forward to the untitled movie, hoping its a 21st century Fantasia.

  • JRob3

    Glory Days? Did Up, Toy Story 3, Brave, any others in the past couple years not impress you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/kendrat199 Kendra Taylor

    I actually loved Brave. Anyways, I hope Finding Nemo 2 isn’t a big bust. The first really set the expectations for animation, and Finding Nemo -in my opinion- is the best Pixar film. I hope the dinosaur one isn’t like the Land Before Time and offers something new that can continue to boost children’s imagination and give us adults the power to imagine again. Hopefully the film about the little girl’s thoughts will also be connected well rather than disjointed.

  • big boy

    they’re great

  • Incredibles lover

    I want an incredibles sequel!!!!! please Pixar please, the incredibles is my childhood

    • Bumi Satria Pandawa

      I have an idea: What if the film takes place 13 years after the first
      one? And focuses on the baby? Think about it……. What if the baby was
      to never use her powers again as it was too powerful for her to
      control. The movie takes place when the baby is already 13, with Mr.
      & Mrs. Incredible have already retired and the kids were at they’re
      20’s. During some important scene, a kid bully’s him to the point that
      he starts a brief outrage, and the president called his older siblings
      to talk about how he had harmed the bully, thus, leads to a rather
      dramatic scene about them talking about her powers. Later, the villain
      comes in to kidnap him, planning to use her powers for world domination
      using the power of a mind control device he created. Now it’s up to the
      rest of the Incredibles family, including Mr. & Mrs. Incredible to
      save him. During they’re journey, they’ll face certain problems like the
      ex-incredibles not being able to pull off their usual strength, and
      Violet frequently losing control of her telekinetic powers.

  • Emma

    I think they should leave you story as it is and not ruin the story. Anything after the third would be taking it too far, plus who wants a movie without Andy?

  • Bryon

    INCREDIBLES 2 YES PLEASE!!!!!!! Cars 2 should never have happened. Planes sounds just awful. Monsters inc 2 should be a sequel not a prequel. {what happened to Boo?) How about a Bug’s Life 2?

  • Dude

    Finding Nemo 2’s gonna be called Finding Dory, and it’ll be about Dory reuniting with her family. Could be good, you never know. As for Monsters University, the idea’s good, but the Pixar charm isn’t there. Mike and Sulley’s younger designs aren’t impressive at all, and the university looks too simple and childish. Looks like it’ll disappoint but I’ll only go to take my little sisters to watch it. Don’t really care about the rest. What’s up with Pixar these days? Mind of a little girl? Day of the dead? The dinosaur one sounds interesting but it feels half done on behalf of Pixar quality. They always add a little charm to their work, the idea’s never just simple. Nowadays it feels like the marketing schemes are just as creative as the movies themselves. A Monster’s Inc prequel: ‘that way older and younger people alike can watch and not worry about how this relates to the original’. Cars 2: ‘don’t worry, the name itself will get our viewers in’. What happened to the good old days of Toy Story and Incredibles-like stuff?

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.r.garcia.5832 Daniel Rene Garcia

    Pixar is in diapers compared with anime movies

    • jasonca

      uh yea..pixar is G rated films (1 is PG). What don’t you anime manchildren get?

  • http://www.facebook.com/coralee.snow Coralee Snow

    I’m not sure how I feel about Monsters University. I mean Mike’s antics were always entertaining and seeing Sully give him a hard time is funny as well, but that isn’t a movie. Boo and the fact that Mike and Sully changed the way their world worked for this one little girl was what brought the Pixar heart into it. So hopefully they find something to fill that element, because it’s not a Pixar movie without that message that love and understanding conquers all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/arturo.g.barrios Arturo González Barrios

    The Day of the Dead/ Dia de Muertos is what makes me more interested in than the sequels. They were almost like Ghibli Films in that they didnt need to ride on previous successes in order to sell movies. I hope for the new pictures.

  • Benedict from Shrewsbury

    What happened to the Newt movie?

    • TiaaKush

      it was x’d by cars 2….which sucks.

    • da captn

      That became repunzle. ..newt was a code name for the project

      • Alex

        No, Rapunzel became Tangled and that’s Walt Disney Animated Studios, Newt is Pixar and it was canceled, quite a long time ago,

  • marco2386

    Love the one about the girls mind , could be interesting. Also dia de los muertos has a lot of great imagery , dont care too much about the rest ….

  • zinfer

    How about a Star Trekish, Space Adventure? I think that would be tremendous. Star Fleets and inter-ship captains and villains with Dreadnaughts. Sounds like a winner to me!