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Disney/Pixar Announces ’09-’12 Releases

In other news, Looking Closer has a link to a Cinematical post detailing a large chunk of the Disney and Pixar release slate for the next four years. Looks like next year’s Pixar release is called Up, plot described Wikipedia as “78-year old Carl Fredricksen befriends 8-year old Wilderness Explorer Russell, and [they] have numerous adventures.” The film logo shown on Wikipedia has a house that is being carried away by a large number of balloons emerging from the chimney. Interesting. 2010 will see the release of the long-rumored Toy Story 3. No story spoilers available yet, but the screenplay is being written by the guy behind Little Miss Sunshine. If it can live up to the sequel magic of Toy Story 2, it should be quite something.

Then, in 2011, Pixar has, not one, but two planned releases: In the summer, there will be Newt: “What happens when the last remaining male and female blue-footed newts on the planet are forced together by science to save the species, and they can’t stand each other?” Hmmm. I’m not too sure about that. Then, for Christmas, there is a Scottish action adventure called The Bear and the Bow: “The impetuous, tangle-haired
Merida, though a daughter of royalty, would prefer to make her mark as a great archer. A clash of wills with her mother compels Merida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father’s kingdom and her mother’s life. Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark, ancient curse to set things right.” We shall see. We shall see.

Finally, in 2012, we get Cars 2. Really? Cars 2? That was the the one movie you’ve made since Toy Story that you felt had real sequel potential? Truly, redneck culture walks among us as king. To my mind, there’s no question which Pixar movie ought to have a sequel (if any): Who among you would not love to go to The Incredibles 2? Come on.

On the non-Pixar slate, Disney DVD will be releasing, not one, not two, but four Tinkerbell movies in the coming years. Joy. Also, Disney finally returns (supposedly) to more traditional fairy tale fare with Rapunzel, which, before major retooling a few years back, started out to be yet another of the fractured, deconstructed fairy tales that have become so cliche since the success of Shrek. The movie will be completely CG.

Finally, in 2012, Disney will bring us an adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story King of the Elves, about “a band of elves living in the modern-day Mississippi Delta who name a local man their king after he helps save them from an evil troll.” Sounds like a lot of fun.

Later on, in the “update” section, there are mentions of this year’s upcoming Bolt, a tired-sounding rehash of Pixar movies like Toy Story and Cars in which a dog who plays a superhero on TV believes he actually has superpowers, then gets lost and meets a host of weird characters before discovering that his powers are not real. Ho-hum. Also described is next year’s Disney release, The Princess and the Frog, which will be an animated musical set in New Orleans in the 1920s.

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~ by Jared on April 10, 2008.

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