April 20, 2014

CinemaCon 2012: Pixar’s Dinosaur Film Gets A Title, New Lee Unkrich Project Announced

Each year at CinemaCon, movie theater owners gather to get a preview of coming films from movie studios. This year, Pixar used the Disney presentation to announce the title for its previously untitled film about dinosaurs. Additionally, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, who was rumored to be working on a brand new Pixar film, is now confirmed to be working on a film due in 2015 or 2016. Get a rundown on the big news after the jump!


At last summer’s D23 Expo, The Untitled Pixar Film About Dinosaurs was announced. Directed by Up co-director Bob Peterson, the film is set in a world where the dinosaurs never went extinct. While The Untitled Film About Dinosaurs was just starting to sound catchy, Disney/Pixar tweeted that the film would now be titled The Good Dinosaur. The film was recently bumped off its November 2013 release date, which led to some uncertainty about when it would see release. It is now set for release on May 30, 2014.

Here is the official synopsis:

What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth 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”).

May 2014 was the original release date for Pete Docter’s Untitled Film That Takes You Inside The Mind. The Docter film has been pushed back a year to June 19, 2015.

Here is the official synopsis of the Mind film:

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.

Additionally, a new Lee Unkrich film was announced, which the director tweets is “a story set in the world of the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos.” The untitled film, will reunite Unkrich with Toy Story 3 producer Darla K. Anderson. For now it has the newest hilarious non-title for a Pixar film, The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dia de los Muertos.

UPDATE: Steven from Collider and Alex from First Showing, who were at the CinemaCon presentation, told me that no release date was announced for the Dia de los Muertos film. There was a vague comment made by John Lasseter that the film was four years down the line, which would place it around 2016.

Here is its (very brief) official synopsis:

From director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson, the filmmaking team behind the Academy Award®-winning “Toy Story 3,” comes a wholly original Pixar Animation Studios film that delves into the vibrant holiday of Día de los Muertos.

Whew. That is a lot of big Pixar news in one day – a mixture of good and bad. I am sad that we will have to wait another year to see the next Pete Docter film, who last wowed audiences with his direction on Up. On the other hand, I am dying to learn more about Lee Unkrich’s new film – is it a comedy or is it a darker Pixar film? So much intrigue!

Stay tuned for more details on Pixar’s upcoming films over the next several months (and years)!

About Samad Rizvi

Samad is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Pixar Times. His favorite films include The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Vertigo, Back to the Future, Children of Men, Pan's Labyrinth, and of course, Pixar's Monsters, Inc., WALL-E and Up.

  • Abraham

    wow. It seems that when Lee and Darla came to Mexico in June 2010, met our tradition of Dia de muertos

  • SammyB95

    Too. much. pixar. info. Can’t. process. all. the. awesomeness. :D This is so cool! thank you!

  • Clive

    I read somewhere that some kind of logo was shown for 
    The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dia de los Muertos, have you got any pictures of it?

    • http://pixartimes.com Samad Rizvi

      No – Disney hasn’t released the logo seen at CinemaCon. We can always hope, but I wouldn’t count on them releasing it.

  • danielNajera

    I`m mexican and i`m pretty sure Dia de los Muertos Film is going to be great! It`s a fantastic holiday we celebrate each year in Mexico, this is where we remember our loved ones!

  • Alexandro Fantino Pérez Campos

    Another mexican here! I’m so glad they’re doing this! I feel so excited! And the best part is that Pixar’s research team will be coming to Mexico!!! Best news ever (since newt was announced, but is now extinct)!!!