Disney Announces Two New Pixar Projects

Pete Docter
Pete Docter
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Pixar is deep in development of two new movies, including one directed by Oscar winner Pete Docter (Up).

The announcement came during Disney's D23 convention in Anaheim on Saturday. The confab, Disney's version of Comic-Con, draws Disney enthusiasts from around the world.

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Pixar has had a remarkable box office and critical streak since its first full-length feature, 1995's Toy Story.

The new Pixar projects are untitled but they are original creations and will follow upcoming releases Brave and Monsters University, according to Disney/Pixar chief John Lasseter. 

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In addition to Docter's project, the Untitled Pixar Movie about Dinosaurs will be directed by Pixar veteran Bob Peterson and produced by John Walker.

The movie is aiming for a holiday 2013 release. The story is set in a world where an asteroid didn't hit the Earth, thus allowing the creatures to keep living and evolving.

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An image of concept art shown to the hall was of a small humanoid silhouette on top of the head of a brachiosaurus.

Peterson said he was inspired by a World's Fair he attended as a child where he saw animatronic dinos created by Disney.

Docter's project is the Untitled Pixar Movie that You See Inside the Brain, which is being produced by Jonas Rivera.

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It's eyeing a summer 2014 release and is in the early stages of work. Docter said the story will take the audience inside the head, "how we forget, why certain songs get stuck in our heads."

"It's a place that we've all been to but have never seen," he said.

Pixar also offered exclusive footage of next summer's Brave and concept art for Monsters University, the sequel to Monsters Inc. Executives trotted out voice actors Kelly Macdonald and Kevin McKidd for the former and Billy Crystal for the latter. (Crystal received a standing ovation when he came out.)

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Lassetter also showed off a Cars spin-off titled Planes, revealing that Jon Cryer is voicing a crop duster with a lot of courage named Dusty. The feature is from the DisneyToon Studios label.

Klay Hall (The Simpsons) is directing.

Lasseter also previewed a toon called Wreck It Ralph, unveiling a voice cast that includes John C Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch and Sarah Silverman.

Silverman, known for her ribald comedy, kept it family-friendly for the Disney crowd, but still generated plenty of laughs. "I've always wanted to come to Anaheim and not go to Disneyland," she said.

Lasseter and Disney Studios head Rich Ross ended the animated portion of the presentation by bringing out many of the creators at Pixar, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. As confetti rained down, they announced, "Cupcakes for everyone!" Dozens of staffers then began distributing baked goodies to those packed into the 2,500-person venue at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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