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From 2001 to 2009, Pixar released original films almost every year. And they were all great. Then they did Toy Story 3, followed by Cars 2 and with this year’s Monsters University, some fans have began to complain the company is relying too heavily on older material. Others argued that out of 14 films, there are only four sequels and only one of those wasn’t legitimately fantastic. So what’s the worry?

Turns out Pixar has heard fan complaints and are taking them to heart. Ed Catmull, the President of Pixar, said in an interview that the studio is hoping to do an original movie every single year, and sequels only every other year. That plan is already in place with a prequel this year (Monsters University), an original film next year (The Good Dinosaur), then an original film (Inside Out) and sequel (Finding Dory) in 2015. Plus, we can now guess what’s being released in 2016 and 2017. Read More »

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At any given time, the gang at Pixar has roughly half a dozen films in various stages of development, many of which the public is unaware of. Currently we know they have Monsters University out next month, Bob Peterson’s The Good Dinosaur out next Summer, Pete Docter’s Inside Out set for release Summer 2015 and Andrew Stanton’s Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo, out November 2015. Lee Unkrich is also making a still-untitled Día de los Muertos film which’ll be released somewhere in that time period. But, obviously, more is on the way.

Last week, Disney CEO Bob Iger did a conference call with shareholders and one small piece of information he mentioned has yet to be discussed. Iger said that, over the next five years, Pixar has “fantastic original stories as well as some great sequels to their previous hits.” That’s “sequels,” plural, meaning there must be at least one more beyond Finding Dory. Read the full quote and speculate below. Read More »

For Disney and Pixar fans, if there’s one person they’d love to talk to about future projects, it’s John Lasseter. The Chief Creative Officer has his finger in everything at both companies, offering his helpful criticism and suggestions to even the smallest projects. Of course, he’s now out stumping for Brave, Pixar’s latest film, but as is usually the case, reporters can’t resist asking about other upcoming projects.

We currently know of four Pixar films in development: Monsters University, The Good Dinosaur and then untitled films about the human mind and Día de los Muertos. In a new interview, Lasseter himself offered detailed pitches on The Good Dinosaur and the human mind film, directed by Bob Peterson and Pete Docter, respectively.

In other Pixar news, two new Toy Story TV specials will reportedly air in 2013 and 2014 and three more Toy Story Toons are on the way. Read about this all below. Read More »

Last month, Tom Hanks let it slip that Pixar is currently devleoping another sequel in the Toy Story franchise. At the time we chalked it up to the fact that the Toy Story stars have signed options for further sequels, and maybe Hanks didn’t know what he was talking about (I mean, the door is always open, right?). Well John Lasseter was in the UK promoting Pixar’s latest movie Cars 2, when BBC hosts decided to ask him if there was any truth to Hanks’ claims. Lasseter didn’t seem to want to answer the question. Watch him squirm and try to dodge the question in the video embedded after the jump.
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Oh the news that can be made out of one sliver of information. Three sequels, one confirmed and two rumored, have updates today all based on a short quote or nugget of confirmation. Even so, each is interesting in its own right and worth a mention. In today’s sequel bits, we’ve got updates on Toy Story 4, Green Lantern 2 and Star Trek 2 based on these facts:

  • Tom Hanks says Pixar is “working” on Toy Story 4.
  • Warner Brothers has reportedly begun developing Green Lantern 2.
  • William Shatner has come out and said he won’t be making a cameo in Star Trek 2.

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Buzz Lightyear

Briefly: With Toy Story 3 still in theaters and raking in more than $350m, naturally talk has begun about the possibility for a fourth film. We know some of the characters have a future in at least one short film that would run in front of Cars 2. But now there’s a report from The Wrap that Tim Allen is signed for Toy Story 4, which is going to lead to supposition that a fourth film is more likely than anyone at Pixar has allowed so far.

I wouldn’t take the revelation that Allen is signed as anything more than basic studio contractual process. While Toy Story 3 is a natural conclusion to the series, Pixar and Disney are naturally going to want the option to have Allen around to voice Buzz Lightyear in a variety of possible non-feature film appearances. So it’s safe to assume he’s signed a contract that includes a set of options. Those options could easily include more features, even though at this point we know of no plans to make more.

Another Toy Story Film in June 2011?

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Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich revealed on MSN (and later confirmed on Twitter) that Toy Story 3 is not the last time we’ll see Buzz and Woody — and he’s not talking about the costumed characters at the Disney theme parks. Don’t worry Pixar fans, Disney is not pushing out another sequel — Toy Story 3 ends with a perfect conclusion to the trilogy, and I don’t expect to see another feature film any time soon (I’d say “ever,” but this is Disney…). But that doesn’t mean that Disney won’t release more adventures of Andy’s toys on the big screen in short film form…

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