Disney and Pixar have released details about their next three collaborations, films no doubt most 3D designers and animators will want to watch for inspriration.
First up is the movie that Pixar has already talked about in some detail – Finding Nemo, coming in summer, 2003. The movie is the story of a father and son fish separated in the Great Barrier Reef who must find each other again. Celebrities contributing voice talent to the project include Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe and Geoffrey Rush.
During the summer of 2004, Pixar and Disney are set to release an action-adventure comedy called The Incredibles, which tells the story of a family of superheroes that have to save the world – but are living undercover in the suburbs. Directing is Brad Bird, whose previous credits include the animated movie The Iron Giant.
A year after that, in the holiday season of 2005, Pixar and Disney will release Cars, an adventure comedy that features animated automobiles. The movie returns John Lasseter to the director's chair. Lasseter directed both Toy Story movies and A Bug's Life.
Pixar has produced a string of enormously popular computer-animated films starting with Toy Story, and continuing with A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. It's been an enormously successful if occasionally contentious partnership. Earlier this year, those frictions surfaced between Pixar and Disney when Pixar chairman and CEO (and Apple CEO) Steve Jobs disputed information offered by Disney CEO Michael Eisner during a quarterly call to financial analysts.
Pixar contends it has only three more pictures to make as part of its current deal, while Disney's Eisner claimed to analysts that the number is five -- three original motion pictures and two more sequels to the offerings Pixar has already made.
Past differences seem to be set aside. Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook said that his company is looking forward to working together with Pixar on the next three films, while Walt Disney Feature Animation president Thomas Schumacher called the Pixar creative teams "geniuses."
"We are thrilled that 'Monsters, Inc.' has become our most successful film to date, and are equally excited about our upcoming three films," said Jobs.