Pixar prepping for one hell of a delicious period of rehabilitation after "Cars 2" proved that the perennial animation studio of our time can not only do wrong, but do very wrong. This year has them releasing "Brave", their first female protagonist feature as well as their 13th film, and this fall they're bringing back the instant classic adventure "Finding Nemo" in 3D. Of all the ill-needed 3D modifications, this is the one I am most absolutely pleased and excited to see. Next year they have primed up a 3D conversion of "Monster's Inc." to coincide with the release of the much anticipated prequel, "Monster's University". My fingers are crossed that they have a story worth telling on their hands there.
So let's start with the bad news, shall we? Pete Doctor has proven his worth with the company both through the previously stated "Monster's Inc.", as well as with the heartbreaking traditional adventure of "Up". His next film, still untitled, is supposed to take us where we've never been before: inside the mind of a young girl. "Inception" for the Pixar gang? Yep, sounds a lot like it. Well that project hasn't exactly been put on hold, but it's been pushed back a year to 2015 to free up space for their other previously untitled film. I might be in a position to be unhappy if the other film didn't have just as delicious a subject as Pete Doctor's film.
The 2014 project, directed by Bob Peterson and Peter Sohn, has finally been dubbed "The Good Dinosaur". I know. I too am disappointed it's not an adaptation of the popular web series "Dinosaur Office", but forgive and forget. It's a dinosaur movie! That's all the awesome news I need on that account to seal the deal from my perspective. But Pixar also announced a new project by Lee Unkrich, and the title is bound to stir a ridiculous amount of fun theorizing: "La Dia de los Muertos". Focusing on the titluar holiday, I assume that one will either be reaching us in fall 2014 or 2015, right in alignment with the holiday.
So if you bring everything together, Pixar has seven fantastic cinematic experiences coming your way over the three to four years, and no doubt more beyond that. I certainly hope that Unkrich's film doesn't lean too arbitrarily on zombies and ghouls, and instead becomes a thoughtful, but fun, contemplation on loss, like the actual holiday infers. And though I haven't the slightest idea of what Bob Peterson and Peter Sohn (HOLY NAME-REVERSAL BATMAN!) are up to with "The Good Dinosaur", I can only imagine something of boundless imagination and tactile adventure. And hell, we all know Pete Doctor's "inside the mind" film is going to be insane! Beyond that, can I just make the simple request for 3D re-releases of "WALL-E" and "Ratatouille"? Much appreciated!