Pixar musical

At Pixar, movies are in development for years before we even know they exist. Then, even when we do hear of their existence, they’re still multiple years away. So when news breaks about Toy Story 4 or The Incredibles 2, those films are still several years away and have been in development for much longer than that.

In 2012, it was revealed that Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich was working on “a wholly original Pixar Animation Studios film that delves into the vibrant holiday of Día de los Muertos.” Since then, we’ve heard dribs and drabs about the film but Pixar has yet to give it a title or a release date. That’s curious, but not uncommon, at Pixar. Now, we’ve heard a potentially very big piece of information about the movie.

Oscar-winner Randy Newman, who has been a mainstay at Pixar, said in a new interview that Unkrich’s new movie is a musical. Does he mean the Dia de los Muertos movie? Seems likely. Below, find out more about what might be the first Pixar musical. Read More »

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The Princess and the Frog

Disney has released a teaser trailer for their upcoming 2D animated film, The Princess and the Frog. The film promises to return to the Broadway-style musical in the likes of the successful Disney films. I want to root for traditional animation, but this film doesn’t look like it even comes close to the standards set with Walt Disney’s classics. And in a day an age where audiences are spoiled with Pixar productions, a 2D production has to be three times as special. What do you guys think?

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Written/directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, creators of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, the animated musical is set in New Orleans. The movie follows Tiana, a young African-American girl who lives in the infamous French Quarter. The new movie will feature a soulful singing crocodile, voodoo spells, and the music of Randy Newman (as heard in the teaser). The Princess and the Frog hits theaters on Christmas 2009.