Pixar Announces Animated Picture Based on Dia de los Muertos for 2015 with TOY STORY 3 Director Lee Unkrich Attached; More Release Dates Announced

     April 24, 2012

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At CinemaCon today, Disney/Pixar chief creative officer, John Lasseter, announced a few of the animated projects in the studio’s pipeline. Here they are at a glance:

  • An animated project based on the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (as of yet untitled) is slated for a 2015 release.  Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich is reportedly attached to direct with Darla Anderson producing. If Pixar decides to keep the decidedly dark-sounding title, perhaps it will be the studio’s first foray into something a bit more sinister. (And if Unkrich is involved, there are sure to be some references to The Shining.)
  • The upcoming project directed by Bob Peterson is now called The Good Dinosaur; the picture is scheduled for a May 30th, 2014 release.
  • The untitled feature directed by Pete Docter that will take a trip into the human mind has been pushed back until June 19th, 2015.

Hit the jump for more from Pixar.

From the Disney/Pixar press release, here’s a synopsis for The Good Dinosaur:

What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on pixar-animation-studiosEarth actually missed the planet completely and giant
dinosaurs never became extinct? This hilarious, heartfelt and original tale is directed by Bob Peterson (co-director/
writer, “Up;” writer, “Finding Nemo”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles,” “The Iron Giant”).

And here’s a teaser synopsis for the untitled “mind trip” project:

Pixar takes audiences on incredible journeys into extraordinary worlds: from the darkest depths of the ocean to the top of the tepui mountains in South America; from the fictional metropolis of Monstropolis to a  futuristic fantasy of outer space. From director Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and producer Jonas Rivera (“Up”), the inventive new film will take you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind.

As for the other Pixar projects in the pipeline, Monsters University, directed by Dan Scanlon, is scheduled for June 23, 2013, and of course, Brave comes out on June 22nd of this year.  You can get caught up on all of our previous Pixar project round-ups here and here.

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