Pixar's seventeenth movie, Finding Dory, continued a trend that looks to power Pixar for the next few years (at least). How so? Well, Dory is a sequel to an existing Pixar property (Finding Nemo, in this instance), so it delivered familiarity to a fan base that has come to expect an animation studio that pushes the envelope. There's something to be said about revisiting popular Pixar worlds. We wouldn't have Toy Story 2 and 3 if Pixar avoided sequels altogether. But the dangers of Cars 2 are a reality, and should not be ignored.

With all of this in mind, Pixar has multiple sequels on the horizon and only one original film in the pipeline. Not the best ratio of comfortable to edgy, but animated movies take a very long time to produce, and can be a risk. Expect Pixar's slate to stay set in stone, and we'll continue to add features as the animation giant looks beyond 2019 and greenlights -- hopefully original -- new ideas.

Coco

Coco

Hungry for something original from Pixar Animation Studios? Then feast your eyes on Coco, because it's going to be the last original story we see from the creators for a little while. To be fair, Pixar did recently deliver both Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, though only one of those likely will stand the test of time. As for Coco, it comes to us from Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, and it will follow a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who triggers a centuries-old mystery that may reunite him with lost family members. This is the project inspired by Mexico's Day of the Dead that Pixar has been working on for years.

Release Date: November 22, 2017

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The Incredibles 2

The Incredibles 2

While Pixar is sequel happy, the one sequel fans have been clamoring for has eluded them... until now. Brad Bird's The Incredibles didn't really re-invent the superhero genre, but it took everything that we tend to love about it and practically perfected it. We were introduced to a family of super-powered beings, who had to fight to prove to the world why they are still relevant, then band together to stop an evil villain who was born of his own superhero infatuation. The themes of The Incredibles resonate, even today. Bird didn't rush into a sequel, even though the final scene in his first movie set up the next natural story. Instead, we're getting The Incredibles 2 in 2018, with (we assume) most of the original cast back. Bird has been mum on the details up to this point, so stay tuned. But we know that it's coming... and earlier than expected!

Release Date: June 15, 2018

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