The Walt Disney Studios Rolls Out Slate of 10 New
Animated Motion Pictures Through 2012
June 1, 2008 12:23 pm
New York, New York -- April 8,
2008 -- The Walt Disney Studios unveiled a diverse and
ambitious slate of 10 new animated feature films from Walt Disney
and Pixar Animation Studios to be released through the year 2012 at
a New York press conference held today by Dick Cook, chairman of
The Walt Disney Studios, and John Lasseter, chief creative officer
for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.
WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS/ PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS RELEASE SCHEDULE 2008 – 2012:
(Domestic Release Date: June 27th, 2008)
What if mankind had to leave Earth and somebody forgot to turn
off the last robot?
Academy Award®-winning writer-director Andrew Stanton
(“Finding Nemo”) and the inventive storytellers and
technical geniuses at Pixar Animation Studios transport moviegoers
to a galaxy not so very far away for a new computer-animated cosmic
comedy about a determined robot named WALL•E.
After hundreds of lonely years doing what he was built for,
WALL•E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class)
discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks)
when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. EVE comes to
realize that WALL•E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to
the planet’s future, and races back to space to report her
findings to the humans (who have been eagerly awaiting word that it
is safe to return home). Meanwhile, WALL•E chases EVE
across the galaxy and sets into motion one of the most incredible
comedy adventures ever brought to the big screen.
Joining WALL•E on his fantastic journey across a universe of never-before-imagined visions of the future is a hilarious cast of characters including a pet cockroach, and a heroic team of malfunctioning misfit robots.
(Domestic Release Date: November 26th, 2008, Disney Digital
For super-dog Bolt (voiced by John Travolta), every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue – at least until the cameras stop rolling. When the canine star of a hit TV show is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York City, he begins his biggest adventure yet – a cross-country journey through the real world. Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and with the help of two unlikely traveling companions – a jaded, abandoned housecat named Mittens (voiced by Susie Essman), and TV-obsessed hamster in a plastic ball named Rhino – Bolt discovers he doesn’t need superpowers to be a hero. Miley Cyrus (“Hannah Montana”) brings her vocal talents to the role of Penny, Bolt’s human co-star on the television series.
BELL (Disney DVD and Blu-ray Release Date: October 28th,
Enter the magical world of fairies and meet the enchanting
creatures of Pixie Hollow, who “nurture nature” and
bring about the change of the seasons. Changing the colors of
the leaves, moving a sunbeam to melt snow, waking animals from
their winter slumber, or giving a patch of sproutlings a sprinkle
of water are all within the realm of these seasonal specialists.
Tinker Bell thinks her fairy talent as a “tinker”
isn’t as special or important as the other fairies’
talents. But when Tink tries to change who she is, she
creates nothing but disaster! With encouragement from her
friends Rosetta, Silvermist, Fawn and Iridessa, Tink learns the key
to solving her problems lies in her unique tinker
abilities…and discovers that when she’s true to
herself, magical things can happen.
(Domestic Release Date: May 29th, 2009, Disney Digital
From the Academy Award®-nominated team of director Pete
Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”) and co-director Bob Peterson
comes “Up,” a comedic adventure taking off (and lifting
spirits) in summer 2009. Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life
dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its
fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by,
until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness
Explorer named Russell) gives him a new lease on life.
“Up” takes audiences on a thrilling journey where
the unlikely pair encounter wild terrain, unexpected villains and
jungle creatures. When seeking adventure next summer –
TOY STORY in 3-D (Domestic Release Date:
October 2nd, 2009)
Originally released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1995, “Toy Story” was the first feature film from Pixar Animation Studios and director John Lasseter. The film went on to receive Oscar® nominations for Best Original Score, Best Original Song, and Best Original Screenplay, and earned Lasseter a Special Achievement Award (Oscar®) “for the development and inspired application of techniques that have made possible the first feature-length computer-animated film.” The 3-D version of this landmark film is being personally overseen by Lasseter with his acclaimed team of technical wizards handling all the necessary steps in the conversion process.
PRINCESS AND THE FROG (Domestic Release Date: Christmas
A musical set in the greatest city of them all, New Orleans, “The Princess and the Frog” marks Disney’s return to the timeless art form of traditional animation. The film teams Ron Clements and John Musker, creators of “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin,” with Oscar®-winning composer Randy Newman to tell the most beautiful love story ever told…with frogs, voodoo, and a singing alligator.
TINKER BELL NORTH OF NEVER LAND - working title
(Disney DVD and Blu-ray Release Date: 2009)
In autumn, Tinker Bell is entrusted with crafting a great
treasure that can rejuvenate the Pixie Dust Tree. But when
her friend Terence offers to help, Tink's temper and stubbornness
get the better of her, shattering both her creation and her
friendship with Terence. To set things right again, she must
embark on a journey far North of Never Land… and along the
way, she will discover an even greater treasure.
TOY STORY 2 in 3-D (Domestic Release Date:
February 12th, 2010)
Originally released in 1999, “Toy Story 2” went on to become one of the most popular animated features of all time. The film picks up as Andy is heading off to Cowboy Camp and the toys are left to their own devices. When an obsessive toy collector named Al McWhiggin (owner of Al’s Toy Barn) kidnaps Woody, and Woody learns that he’s a highly valued collectable from a 1950s TV show called “Woody’s Roundup,” the stage is set for a daring rescue attempt by the gang from Andy’s room. The film introduced such other memorable characters from “Woody’s Roundup” as Jessie the cowgirl, Bullseye the horse, and the Prospector.
STORY 3 (Domestic Release Date: June 18th, 2010, Disney
The creators of the beloved “Toy Story” films re-open the toy box and bring moviegoers back to the delightful world of Woody, Buzz and our favorite gang of toy characters in “Toy Story 3.” Lee Unkrich (co-director of “Toy Story 2” and “Finding Nemo”) directs this highly anticipated film, and Michael Arndt, the Academy Award®-winning screenwriter of “Little Miss Sunshine,” brings his unique talents and comedic sensibilities to the proceedings.
(Domestic Release Date: Christmas 2010, Disney Digital
In this new telling of the classic fairy tale, “Rapunzel,” audiences will be transported to a stunning CG fantasy world complete with the iconic tower, an evil witch, a gallant hero and, of course, the mysterious girl with the long golden tresses. Expect adventure, heart, humor, and hair…lots of hair, when Rapunzel unleashes her locks in theaters for the 2010 holiday.
TINKER BELL A MIDSUMMER STORM - working title
(Disney DVD and Blu-ray Release Date: 2010)
After being confronted by her antagonist
Vidia, an irritated Tinker Bell retaliates by taking a
photograph of Vidia…without considering the
consequences. Now, the two must set aside their differences
and cooperate to prevent evidence of the existence of fairies from
falling into human hands.
(Domestic Release Date: Summer 2011, Disney Digital 3-D™)
What happens when the last remaining male and female blue-footed newts on the planet are forced together by science to save the species, and they can’t stand each other? That's the problem facing Newt and Brooke, heroes of ”newt,” the Pixar film by seven-time Academy Award® winner for sound Gary Rydstrom, and director of Pixar's Oscar nominated short, "Lifted." Newt and Brooke embark on a perilous, unpredictable adventure and discover that finding a mate never goes as planned, even when you only have one choice. Love, it turns out, is not a science.
BEAR AND THE BOW (Domestic Release Date: Christmas 2011,
Disney Digital 3-D™)
A rugged and mythic Scotland is the setting for Pixar’s action-adventure "The Bear and the Bow.” The impetuous, tangle-haired Merida, though a daughter of royalty, would prefer to make her mark as a great archer. A clash of wills with her mother compels Merida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father’s kingdom and her mother’s life. Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark, ancient curse to set things right. Director Brenda Chapman (“The Prince of Egypt,” “The Lion King”) and the storytelling wizards of Pixar conjure humor, fantasy and excitement in this rich Highland tale.
TINKER BELL A WINTER STORY - working title
(Disney DVD and Blu-ray Release Date: 2011)
The fourth, as-yet-untold story of Tinker Bell and her fairy
friends will take place in winter, completing the cycle of the
2 (Domestic Release Date: Summer 2012, Disney Digital
All the world’s a racetrack as racing superstar Lightning McQueen zooms back into action, with his best friend Mater in tow, to take on the globe’s fastest and finest in this thrilling high-octane new installment of the “Cars” saga. Mater and McQueen will need their passports as they find themselves in a new world of intrigue, thrills and fast-paced comedic escapades around the globe. “Cars 2” is being directed by Brad Lewis, producer of the Oscar®-winning film “Ratatouille.”
OF THE ELVES (Domestic Release Date: Christmas 2012,
Disney Digital 3-D™)
Legendary storyteller Phillip K. Dick’s short story (his
only experiment in the fantasy genre) becomes the basis for this
fantastic and imaginative tale about an average man living in the
Mississippi Delta, whose reluctant actions to help a desperate band
of elves leads them to name him their new king. Joining the
innocent and endangered elves as they attempt to escape from an
evil and menacing troll, their unlikely new leader finds himself
caught on a journey filled with unimaginable dangers and a chance
to bring real meaning back to his own life.
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To be honest, I've never been a huge fan of anything Disney; I don't know why. I do like [most of] the movies I have seen, but there's just something else there that I can't really get into. Anyhoo, it is good to hear that they will be returning to traditional methods for at least one more movie. 3D/CG is nice and all, but I don't think it's quite the same.
At a commercial shoot for the upcoming "iPhone of The Caribbean", a joint project between Apple and Disney, there was speak o' a possible Jack Sparrow cartoon as well, also a possible POTC4 due out in 'bout 2 years. Photos and poster o' the commercial can be found at: http://www.myspace.com/PintoPictures