Lee Unkrich just started his own blog on Tumblr, presumably to document his next film at Pixar! In his own words: “Today is day one on my next project. Every day I’ll post a new photo chronicling the journey.”
Pixar publicly announced two future films today at the D23 Expo. The first, due out at the end of 2013 and directed by Bob Petersen (voice of Up’s Dug), will take place in an alternate reality where dinosaurs didn’t become extinct. The second one, due out Summer 2014 and directed by Peter Docter of Up and Monsters Inc., will take place inside the human mind. Neither film has an official title, for now they are merely known as The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs and The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside The Mind.
Pixar’s 2006 release Cars is widely regarded as among the less dazzling of the animation house’s dozen sterling titles, so it’s fair to imagine that John Lasseter and his pit crew felt motivated to use a little extra elbow grease in order to deliver an improved new model. On the whole, they have, as Lightning McQueen and the loyal pick-up truck Mater quickly vamoose from sleepy Radiator Springs to join the Grand Prix circuit in a succession of world capitals, where they become entangled in some related international spy intrigue. Featuring cooler cars and more action than Fast Five, Cars 2 is notably less refined and more rambunctious than Pixar’s recent run of artistic gems.
If “Cars” was perhaps the least engaging of Pixar’s hugely successful animated features, John Lasseter and his team have hit the creative accelerator with the unexpectedly delightful “Cars 2.” The rare sequel that not only improves on but retroactively justifies its predecessor, this lightning-paced caper-comedy shifts the franchise into high gear with international intrigue, spy-movie spoofery and more automotive puns than you can shake a stickshift at, handling even its broader stretches with sophistication, speed and effortless panache.
Since Pixar usually doesn’t announce their short films so far in advance many are probably thinking La Luna is going to be playing in front of Cars 2 this summer, but it’s not. The Cars 2 short will be Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation.
The reason photos from La Luna have been released is most likely to do with it being screened at the currently ongoing Annecy animation festival in France, and odds are it won’t see wide release until Brave comes out summer 2012.