CinemaCon is going strong right now, and updates from the official convention for the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO, but not the one you're thinking of) are coming in hard. From Disney we have just received official press releases announcing the upcoming slate of Pixar's animated films. Three original motion pictures, and they also sound intriguing as hell.
The first new film announced, due in theaters May 30, 2014, is The Good Dinosaur, a film about an alternate Earth in which the asteroid that caused the prehistoric beasts' extinction missed the planet entirely. The friendly title seems to imply that we're not going into Cadillacs and Dinosaurs territory. The film will be directed by Bob Peterson, whose career with Pixar stems back to the original Toy Story. He also co-directed the Academy Award-winning tearjerker Up, and voiced the talking dog, Doug, in the popular film. We're hoping there's a part for Wallace Shawn in there somewhere. Aren't you?
The second film announced, due in theaters June 19, 2015, is The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside the Human Mind. We imagine that title will change at some point, but we almost wish it wouldn't. Remove the "untitled" and we know all we need to know. TUPMTTYIHM will be directed by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson's co-director on Up, who made his directorial debut with Monsters, Inc. Other than the release date and director, nothing is yet known about the film, except that it's probably not a remake of "Herman's Head."
The final project, and the one that comes as complete news to us, is The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dia de los Muertos, directed by Lee Unkrich of Toy Story 3. This one's so far out that there isn't a release date yet, but it promises to "delve into the vibrant holiday" that is The Day of the Dead. Unless we're completely off base (or unless they are), it would be the first Pixar film to focus on non-white people, or at least their cultural traditions. We're going to avoid the George Romero comparison and just hope that someone incorporates elements of Grim Fandango.
Pixar's next motion picture, The Brave, comes to a theater near you on June 22.
CraveOnline will be back with more Pixar news after we give our lamp a nice, big hug.