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Pixar Announces New ‘Dia de los Muertos’ Animated Feature; Plus Release Dates
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Pixar has been known to work their tails off researching, detailing, and perfecting their projects. Sometimes it takes up to four years before one of their films hit theaters. But it is because of the kind of work ethic that allows Pixar to present movies like Up, Toy Story 3, Wall-E, and Monsters Inc. So during an event at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Monday, Disney and Pixar announced some updates on their Dinosaur movie – now titled The Good Dinosaur – and their currently untitled Inside the Mind project. In addition, the studio announced plans for an untitled Dia De Los Muertos project.

The following information comes from a Walt Disney Studios press release and before I get into the Dia De Los Muertos project, let’s elaborate on The Good Dinosaur and the untitled Inside the Mind project.

First, The Good Dinosaur. The movie will mark the debut of Bob Peterson as a director. The Pixar veteran has had a hand in Oscar-nominated films like Toy Story (as layout artist and animator), A Bug’s Life (as story artist), Toy Story 2 (as story artist), Monsters, Inc. (as story supervisor) and Finding Nemo (as a screenwriter), which was also an Oscar winner. Peterson also lends his voice to a host of iconic characters, including Roz (Monsters, Inc.), Mr. Ray (Finding Nemo), and Dug the dog (Up).

Here’s the premise for The Good Dinosaur, which is now scheduled for a May 30, 2012 Release:

What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? This hilarious, heartfelt and original tale is directed by Bob Peterson (co-director/writer, “Up;” writer, “Finding Nemo”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles,” “The Iron Giant”).

Now here is the premise for the untitled Inside the Mind project, which is now scheduled for a June 19, 2015 release:

Pixar takes audiences on incredible journeys into extraordinary worlds: from the darkest depths of the ocean to the top of the tepui mountains in South America; from the fictional metropolis of Monstropolis to a futuristic fantasy of outer space. From director Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and producer Jonas Rivera (“Up”), 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.

Finally, the moment you’ve all be waiting for, the details on the Dia De Los Muertos – which means Day of the Dead in English – project. The newly announced Pixar film will be directed by Lee Unrich (director of Monsters Inc. and Toy Story 3) and produced by Darla K. Anderson. Here is the short premise of the film:

From director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson, the filmmaking team behind the Academy Award®-winning “Toy Story 3,” comes a wholly original Pixar Animation Studios film that delves into the vibrant holiday of Día de los Muertos.

Yeah it’s not much to go on considering the limited amount of information given. The film doesn’t even have a release date yet. But a release date close to the celebration of the dead (early November) is certainly not out of the question, but there hasn’t been a Pixar winter holiday release in quite a while. In fact, the last winter holiday release was Brad Bird’s The Incredibles in 2004.

Hopefully this won’t be one of those generic holiday-themed movies. We all know how these rom-coms, Halloween slashers, and coming home for the holiday movies turn out in the end, so let’s hope that can all change with a touch of Pixar magic.

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