Disney Announces Release Dates for Pixar and Animated Films Through 2018

Pixar's "Brave"
Pixar's "Brave"
 

Walt Disney Pictures has announced release dates for Disney and Pixar animated films through 2018. While the films are untitled, all eight movies will be released in 3D in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The schedule primarily places the films  in June and November over the three years, which are months that have led to successful releases for Pixar and Disney animated movies in the past.

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When it comes to an early summer release, Brave hit theaters in June 2012 to become the 13th-highest-grossing film of the year, raking in $538.8 million to date. The year before, Cars 2 raced into theaters to earn $559.8 million globally to date. And in June 2010, Toy Story 3 hit theaters and went on to become the highest-grossing film of that year. Monsters University will hope to continue the box-office winning streak when it hits theaters June 21.

As for November releases, Wreck-It Ralph opened Nov. 2, 2012, and has gone on to gross $471.2 million worldwide. In 2010, Tangled became the eighth-highest-grossing film of the year after hitting theaters in November. Walt Disney Animation Studios' Frozen, starring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, will open in theaters Nov. 27, 2013.

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The newly announced schedule is as follows:

UNTITLED DISNEY ANIMATION now dated on 3/4/16 wide in 3D
UNTITLED PIXAR ANIMATION now dated on 6/17/16 wide in 3D
UNTITLED DISNEY ANIMATION now dated on Wed 11/23/16 wide in 3D
UNTITLED PIXAR ANIMATION now dated on 6/16/17 wide in 3D
UNTITLED PIXAR ANIMATION now dated on Wed 11/22/17 wide in 3D
UNTITLED DISNEY ANIMATION now dated on 3/9/18 wide in 3D
UNTITLED PIXAR ANIMATION now dated on 6/15/18 wide in 3D
UNTITLED DISNEY ANIMATION now dated on Wed 11/21/18 wide in 3D

Coming up in the nearer future for Pixar is Monsters University, which hits theaters in June; The Good Dinosaur for release on May 30, 2014; Up helmer Pete Docter's follow-up Inside Out for June 19, 2015; and Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory for Nov. 25, 2015.

The one previously announced Pixar film still awaiting an official release date is the untitled film about Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Disney's Planes, which takes place in the world of Cars, hits theaters on August 9. Walt Disney Animation Studios' Frozen hits theaters on Nov. 27, and Big Hero 6, Disney's first animated Marvel movie, is scheduled for November 2014.

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