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Pixar has released 19 theatrical films to date and the vast majority of them have been both critical and commercial successes. Toy Story 4 became another billion dollar box office winner, but following that success, Pixar is entering territory that the studio has delved into in quite some time, original material.
Following a slew of sequels, everything the studio is currently working on is apparently something brand new that we haven't seen before. Only the first couple projects have been officially revealed, but both of them look quite exciting and worthy of the Pixar pedigree. Here's everything announced for the popular studio at the moment,
Onward is being described as a "suburban fantasy" story. It takes the traditional fantasy world of elves and unicorns and gnomes and moves it far into the future. The characters are the same, but now they live in a world of modern technology not unlike our own. In Onward our lead characters will be voiced by Chris Pratt and Tom Holland and, as was revealed at the 2019 D23 Expo, the pair will go on a quest looking for magic, something long thought lost in the world, in order to bring back the father they never knew. I'm sure that won't cause anybody to break into hysterical tears in the theater.
Release Date: March 6, 2020
It seems somewhat fitting that the next feature film from Peter Docter, the man who brought us Inside Out, would be Soul, a movie that wonders what it is that makes each of us unique. Jamie Foxx will voice Joe Garnder, a middle school band teacher with a passion for playing Jazz. Tina Fey will play 22, a soul in training. When the two cross paths, at the You Seminar, a place where souls discover who they are, they'll work together to return Joe home and possibly help Joe live his dreams.
Release Date: June 19, 2020
What Pixar has in store for us now is anybody's guess. Based on previous statements we cvan guess that the three films coming in 2021, and 2022 are not sequels, but that means that anything else is possible. Following the two films we're going to get in 2020, Pixar will drop to one movie in 2021, and then follow that with two in quick succession once again in 2022.
Release Dates: June 18, 2021, March 18, 2022, June 17, 2022
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! Watch the first trailer right now.
Release Date: June 15, 2018
Toy Story 4
You've got a friend in the Toy Story gang... but after the spectacular emotional finale that came with Toy Story 3, is it wise to re-open the toy box for a fourth Toy Story? At this point, it's safe to assume that creator John Lasseter wouldn't risk the reputation of the Gold Standard Pixar series just to grab more cash from fans of Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen). Right? We have heard that Toy Story 4 will be a romance, but we don't necessarily know between who. The Toy Story franchise has remained relevant in the years following Toy Story 3 as Disney and Pixar put the famous characters in short stories and prime-time television programs. We expect fans to flock back to theaters for Toy Story 4, but we're really anxious to find out what the story in this latest Toy Story will be about.
Release Date: June 21, 2019