Pixar and Disney has been a match made in heaven. Even before Pixar was bought by Disney in 2006, the two companies had partnered to release successful animated films for years.
Earlier this summer, Pixar released their 17th motion picture. Finding Dory was a sequel to their 2003 hit, Finding Nemo.
So what’s next for Pixar and Disney? Are any of your favorite characters returning for another adventure? Let’s take a look at all of the films Pixar has announced for the next four years:
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Next year, Lightning McQueen will return to the racetrack in the third installment of the popular Cars franchise.
In the new film, Lightning McQueen will find himself as a veteran racer in need of help. He’s being outpaced by newer, younger cars like new enemy Jackson Storm. He recruits the help of a young Hispanic female racecar named Cruz Ramirez to help him train.
Owen Wilson will return to voice Lightning McQueen. And, yes, fan favorite Mater the tow truck will be back, too, voiced again by Larry the Cable Guy. Other favorites like Sally Carrera and Ramone will return, as well.
Next November, Pixar and Disney will release an original movie called Coco. Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich will helm the new movie, based on the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
Not much is known about the film’s plot. The main character is a 12-year-old boy named Miguel. Coco will follow him as “he sets off a chain of events related to a century-old mystery.” The official story description states, “Coco is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion.”
Benjamin Bratt is the only confirmed cast member at this time.
Toy Story 4
The toys are back in town… again. In 2018, the third sequel to Pixar’s very first movie will hit theaters: Toy Story 4.
Originally Toy Story 3 was intended to end the Toy Story franchise, which began all the way back in 1995. But Pixar suddenly found a new idea for a fourth movie and started work on another sequel.
The film is described as a love story. The plot will involve Buzz Lightyear and the gang trying to help Woody reunite with Bo Peep. It was revealed in Toy Story 3 that Bo Peep had been given away before the film began.
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Kristen Schaal, and Laurie Metcalf will return to play Woody, Buzz, Mr. Potato Head, Trixie, and Andy’s mom, respectively. Patricia Arquette has joined the cast in an undisclosed new role.
The Incredibles 2
Brad Bird’s 2004 Pixar film, The Incredibles, is the one most cited by fans as deserving of a sequel. Thankfully, in 2019, fans will get their wish.
Next to nothing is known about the film. Bird will return to write and direct the sequel, though. Composer Michael Giacchino will also return to write the score.
Untitled 2020 Films
Pixar has two films scheduled to release in 2020. The first will open on March 13, and the second will open on June 19. Zero information has been released on either film.
It’s a safe bet, though, that neither film will be a sequel. Earlier this year, Pixar president Jim Morris revealed that the company has no further sequels planned after The Incredibles 2. Rather, the studio is working on developing new projects from directors Dan Scanlon, Mark Andrews, and Pete Docter.