Pipeline: Disney and Pixar's CG slate
Disney execs are counting on lightning to strike at the boxoffice when "Bolt" hits theaters. The first animated film designed in Disney Digital 3-D from its inception, the movie is also the first completely supervised by John Lasseter since he became chief creative officer in 2006. The title character (John Travolta) is a canine actor who portrays a superhero on TV -- and who thinks he really possesses the superpowers he exhibits on the show. When he's accidentally shipped off to New York City from his Hollywood soundstage, he must find his way home to Penny (Miley Cyrus), his owner and TV co-star. First-timers Chris Williams and Byron Howard share directing duties.
"Up" (May 2009)
The first Pixar film to be presented in Disney Digital 3-D, "Up" tells the whimsical tale of 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen (Edward Asner), who has spent his life dreaming of exploring the world. After Fredricksen meets a persistent 8-year-old Wilderness Scout, the unlikely duo embarks on an amazing journey around the world, carried aloft by massive balloons, and fighting villains along the way. "It's like an old-fashioned Disney animated film," Lasseter says of the movie, directed by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson, the team behind "Monsters, Inc." "It's wonderfully cartoony, but it has these amazing characters."
"The Princess and the Frog" (Dec. 2009)
Anika Noni Rose and John Goodman voice the lead characters in "The Princess and the Frog," Disney's first traditional cell animation feature since 2004's "Home on the Range." Set in the 1920s Jazz Age in New Orleans, it features Disney's first African-American princess. John Musker and Ron Clements, the team behind "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," and "Hercules," direct.
"Toy Story 3" (June 2010)
Tim Allen and Tom Hanks return to voice everybody's favorite toys Buzz and Woody in the third installment of the "Toy Story" canon. In this chapter, Andy is off to college and Buzz, Woody and the rest of the toys are dropped off at a day-care center. The film is directed by Lee Unkrich, who edited "Toy Story" and co-directed "Toy Story 2."
"Rapunzel" (December 2010)
Based on the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, "Rapunzel" is being directed by Byron Howard, one half of the directing team on "Bolt," and writer-animator Nathan Greno, who is making his helming debut.
"Cars 2" (Summer 2011)
Directed by Brad Lewis, producer of 2007's "Ratatouille," this sequel reunites Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and Mater the tow truck (Larry the Cable Guy) with an international cast of new car characters.
"Bear and the Bow" (December 2011)
Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson lend their voices to "Bear and the Bow," a fairy tale about a Scottish princess who defies her parents by pursuing archery, inadvertently jeopardizing her father's kingdom as she does so. Brenda Chapman (1998's "The Prince of Egypt") directs.
"Newt" (June 2012)
Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom makes his directing debut with "Newt," the story of a pair of blue-footed newts, a rare reptilian species, the last of their kind. The continuation of the species depends on them but the problem is, they can't stand each other.
"King of the Elves" (December 2012)
From Walt Disney Animation Studios, "King of the Elves" is an adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story. It will be directed by Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker, the team behind 2003's "Brother Bear."