Pixar Planning New Movies About Dinosaurs And The Mind

During Pixar’s Saturday panel at D23 Expo 2011, the animation studio revealed details on two planned features.

The first announced feature, currently operating under the tongue-in-cheek title of The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs, will be directed by Bob Peterson, an animator, screenwriter and director at the studio who’s probably best known for voicing the dog Doug in Pixar’s Up!.

Due in theaters during the 2013 holiday season, the film will exist in an alternate version of our world where the asteroid that hit the planet, wiping out the dinosaur population, missed. This allowed the dinosaurs to continue existing and evolving. Pixar takes on Land of the Lost? Sign me up.

The second feature, still in its earliest stage, is a little more vague, though it was suggested that Up! and Monsters Inc. director Pete Docter would helm. Targeting Summer 2014, the film has something to do with the human brain, and was referenced as The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside The Mind. No clue what that means. Pixar does Osmosis Jones? Let’s hope not.

The animated studio also teased Brave and the prequel Monsters University, which was introduced by Billy Crystal, who received a standing ovation from the crowd. It’s refreshing that, after Cars 2, Pixar is getting back on track with original features and not relying on thin sequels of its past successes. We’re eager to hear more about both of these projects, and will bring you more details when we can.

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