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The first day of a new year is a cause for optimism. We promise ourselves we won't make the same mistakes we have in the past. We'll be better than ever before. We look ahead with hope and excitement. So it's fitting that Pixar, who received mixed reviews on their 2012 release Brave, is looking to put their best foot forward with some tantalizing teases for their forthcoming slate of animated features.
Coming Soon shared scans from a fold-out card their office received that boasts colorful concept art from Monsters University, The Good Dinosaur, the untitled Pixar pic that "takes you inside the mind," and their untitled movie about Dia de los Muertos. Check out the enticing art below, along with a brief recap of what we know about each feature so far.
A prequel to Monsters, Inc., Monsters University centers on Mike and Sully's college years, where they began as rivals and became frat brothers, then friends. Billy Crystal and John Goodman will reprise their roles; Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray and Peter Sohn will also lend their voices. Monsters University opens on June 21, 2013.
Directed by Up co-helmer Bob Petersen, The Good Dinosaur imagines an alternate Earth where the dinosaurs never went extinct. As you can see above, this world is one where humans and dinosaurs co-exist. This project is now in production, and its plot as well as voice talent is currently being kept under wraps. The Good Dinosaur will make its way to theaters on May 30, 2014.
Now things get even more mysterious. While their press release did not offer a title for director Pete Docter's follow-up to Up, IMDB has its working title listed as The Inside Out. Early reports revealed the feature will unfold from the perspective of emotions that inhabit the mind of a little girl. Officially, Pixar is being far less revealing, offering this curious but vague logline: "The inventive new film will take you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind." This cerebral effort is slated for June 19th, 2015.
And last up, we have a look at Lee Unkrich's Untitled Dia de los Muertos movie, expected to hit in 2016. Our own Kelly West recently spoke with Toy Story 3 director, and while he was ambiguous on details, he was clear that the film would deal deeply with death. This could make it Pixar's trickiest topic yet, but from the look of this vibrant art it may be morbid but it won't be dark.