Pixar‘s latest animated feature Ratatouille hits theaters June 29, but there’s been a lot of buzz lately about the animation studio’s upcoming projects, including a sequel to Toy Story as well as a brand new adventure Wall-E, the tale of a lovable little robot with the large task of cleaning up the planet.
Here we take a look at what Pixar has in store through 2010 and beyond!
Wall-E (June 27, 2008)
I can already tell that Pixar’s Wall-E will be my new favorite animated movie. Why?
Just look at the sweet face of the title character (in photo at right), the last robot on Earth whose left with the task of cleaning the entire planet to make it habitable for humans again. Wall-E falls in love with Eve, a robot from a probe that’s sent to check on the status of the Earth.
How cute is that? His love interest is named Eve!!! Plus, this movie is being described as “R2-D2 meets City Lights.” Now, that’s my bag right there. This is going right to the top of my list of movies to watch for in 2008.
Look for the trailer attached to Pixar’s Ratatouille, which opens in theaters June 29, 2007.
Up (June 12, 2009)
Variety reports that Pixar is working on Up about a 70-year-old man who teams with a wilderness ranger to fight beasts and villains. Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc.) will direct; Bob Peterson (Finding Nemo) will write the script and will co-direct.
Toy Story 3 (Summer 2010)
Not much information is out about this second sequel, except that Randy Newman was asked to return to do the score. Lee Unkrich, who co-direct TS2 and Finding Nemo, will direct TS3 on his own and said that the story is just now being written. The original TS starred Tom Hanks as the cowboy Woody and Tim Allen as the space ranger Buzz Lightyear, both of which have become favorite Disney characters.
Brad Bird‘s (Ratatouille, The Incredibles) next feature will be a live-action movie for Pixar — a first for the animation studio — based on the novel by James Dalessandro about the San Francisco earthquake. [Source]
John Carter of Mars
We reported in January that Walt Disney Pictures was in negotiations with the estate of Edgar Rice Burroughs to turn the author’s 11-volume John Carter of Mars series of books into a motion picture franchise. Not much info has been revealed about this project, but it seems that it will be a project that Pixar will undertake — whether as a live-action or animated has not been announced.