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Disney Pixar Announces Two New Animated Features at D23 Expo

Tons of news is coming out of D23, the fan event for the most extreme Disney fans that is taking place in Anaheim this weekend, and it included new footage from Brave, Wreck-It Ralph, and news of two new Pixar movies. While no titles have been announced, estimated release dates have: November 27, 2013 and May 30, 2014. One will be about the human brain and the other will be about — wait for it — dinosaurs. All this, plus a definitive Pixar lineup for the next three years after the jump!

It’s worth mentioning that D23 is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pixar, so it was a great occasion for announcing the studio’s lineup for the next three years. The voice cast of Brave was at the expo, as well as its director Mark Andrews, who showed up in a kilt. He made a point to mention that they were breaking some new ground by having a female lead, so this was a pretty exciting high point. According to Deadline, a “generous” amount of footage was shown, but none of it has made its way online. That movie is set to come out next summer and will be followed by Wreck-It Ralph, which is set in the world of video games and will feature John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, and Sarah Silverman, in November 2012.

The third Pixar film we know about is Monsters University, the Monsters Inc. prequel, which will be released in June 2013. But yet another movie, the Cars spinoff Planes, which features Jon Cryer as a cropduster named, appropriately enough, Dusty. That is planned for a Spring 2013 release.

Okay, on to the new stuff. John Lasseter brought directors Pete Docter and Bob Peterson to the stage to announce the two new movies. Not a whole lot of information, but definitely some newsworthy details: Docter will be directing what is currently being referred to as The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside The Mind, which is going to be centered around the workings of the human brain. And that’s about all we know about that. Peterson, on the other hand, actually had a slide to present for his project, The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs, which he says was based on his “fascination with the 1964 New York World’s Fair’s animatronic Dinosaurs exhibition.” His movie is set for the May 2014 date, Docter’s for the November 2013 date.

All — well, most — of this very exciting, but absolutely no images from anything yet. Watch this space for further developments.

(Deadline, Geeks of Doom)

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  • Sarah Rice

    So we are ‘breaking ground’ with a female lead and then going back to business as usual?  Three movies after that, all male centric (Ralph, the guys from Monsters, Inc. meeting, and Dusty).  *sigh* And here I was hoping Brave wasn’t going to be exceptional for very long in being their only female led vehicle.

  • Kellee Richards

    There’s something oddly poetic about Pixar making a dinosaur movie inspired by the animatronic dinos from the 1964 World’s Fair. Said animatronics were created by the Disney Imagineers, evoking the Rite of Spring sequence from Fantasia, and after the fair ended they were moved to Disneyland, where they remain to this day…looking dated and kinda silly both from a technological perspective and from a perspective that knows more about dinosaurs than anyone did in the 60s.

  • Frodo Baggins

    “The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside The Mind”

    Dang, time to stock up on hallucinogens.

  • Anonymous

    Reading diagonally I came across “Docter”, so for a split second I thought about Pixar making a Doctor Who feature.

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  • Frodo Baggins

    Maybe they’ll be lady-brains and Girlasauruses.

  • McKenzie Proctor

    How about Finding Nemo 2