The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out and more: Pixar news round-up

News Ryan Lambie
2 Jan 2013 - 15:34

Pictures and information snippets from Pixar's future movies have been gradually emerging. Here they are in one handy post...

Pixar's currently concentrating its marketing energies on Monsters University, due out this summer, but tantalising details are also beginning to emerge from the production of its other projects, including the studio's 2014 movie, The Good Dinosaur.

Directed by Bob Peterson (co-director of the magnificent Up), it's a what-if story that imagines what might have happened if dinosaurs had avoided destruction by meteor in Earth's prehistory.

"They are kind of cartoony but they are dinosaurs," explained Pixar's John Lasseter last June.  "They are not walking around with clothes on or anything like that, they still are kind of dinosaurs. We focused on mostly the plant-eaters, not the carnivores… Their society becomes more of an agrarian society, meaning farmers. They become farmers."

Although that's pretty much all we've known about the film up until now, a Christmas card sent from Pixar to Coming Soon revealed what is surely our first glimpse of the movie - a long-necked dinosaur silhouetted against the sun. The tiny character sitting on his head hints at the human-dinosaur relationship Lasseter has previously described in interviews.

The shape of the dinosaur is subtly different from some early concept models we've previously seen (which you can see below), which displayed a remarkable similarity to the extinct creatures the pioneering stop-motion animator Willis O'Brien was bringing to life back in the early 20th century.

A possible cast list has also emerged, with the website Film Dates stating that Lil’ Wayne, Joan Rivers, John Ratzenberger, Dee Bradley Baker, Tom Kenny and Jason Alexander will provide the voices for The Good Dinosaur.

Coming Soon have also revealed what appears to be the first look at some concept art from a project which Pixar currently has in development for a 2015 release. Currently called The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside The Mind (Inside Out is possibly its official title - though this hasn't yet been confirmed), it'll be directed by Pete Docter, the other co-director on Up and also the director of Monsters, Inc.

According to Lasseter, the film "Takes place in the mind", where the "emotions of this little girl are the characters... [it] shows how they control things that go on..."

The final piece of artwork comes from another untitled movie, this time directed by Lee Unkrich. Although very little is known about this one, we do know that it's based around the Mexican Day of the Dead (Dia de los Meurtos). The concept art doesn't tell us a whole lot, but its style reads like a mix of Friz Freleng and Cubist-age Picasso.  This last film's due out in 2016.

With Pixar now a well-established movie studio, it's pleasing to see they're still taking interesting, creative risks with their film choices; while it's dabbled in commercially safe ground of late, with Cars 2 and Monsters University, they also appear to be contrasting those familiar names with more surprising projects - not least Inside Out and the Day of the Dead movies, which both sound fascinating. 

More news on all of these Pixar movies as it comes in.

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