Three New Films from Pixar Roadmap to 2018
Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo, is the next on the Pixar slate. It features Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (now voiced by Hayden Rolence) helping the forgetful Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) to find where she originally came from. New characters include Dory’s parents, played by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy, Hank (Ed O’Neill) an octopus with a missing tentacle, Bailey (Ty Burrell), a beluga whale, Destiny (Kaitlin Olson), Dory’s adopted sister who thinks she’s a whale (she’s actually a whale shark). For grim ‘n’ gritty fans there’s a The Wire reunion in the form of Idris Elba and Dominic West.
Toy Story 4
After the stunning trilogy of the first three Toy Story films, the Pixar team feel they’ve found a premise worth returning to the franchise for. Toy Story 4 is a love story, featuring Woody’s (Tom Hanks) relationship with Bo Peep, briefly seen in flashback in Toy Story 3. With the help of (quite literally) his wingman, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Woody sets out to find Bo Peep, who was either lost, or sold, a long time ago. Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (Celeste & Jesse Forever) are the new screenwriting team, while John Lasseter is back in the director’s chair.
Coco, Pixar’s upcoming film, is thematically similar to Guillermo del Toro’s and Jorge R. Gutierrez’s 2014 animated film, The Book of Life, in that it is based on Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). This is the Mexican holiday when the living build shrines, leaving the deceased’s favourite meals on them to honour their loved ones. People dress as skeletons. so the dead confuse our world with the Underworld, and stay here. Miguel, a young Mexican boy named, sets off on an adventure to the Underworld, which may lead to him meeting his dead relatives. Currently in test form the footage is said to be sensational, beginning in a graveyard then seguing to the Underworld, where skeletons dance, swap skulls and torsos, and sing and play Mariachi music.