Earlier today, Disney and Pixar announced their theatrical line-up through 2012. This is the lengthy press release with story details and release info. Your thoughts?
Pixar’s line-up is as follows:
June 27, 2008
Wall-E directed by Andrew Stanton
May 29, 2009
Up directed by Pete Docter
June 18, 2010
Toy Story 3 directed by Lee Unkrich
Newt directed by Gary Rydstrom
The Bear and the Bow directed by Brenda Chapman
Cars 2 directed by Brad Lewis
Meanwhile, on the Disney side, there is:
November 26, 2008
Bolt directed by Chris Williams and Byron Howard
The Princess and the Frog directed by John Musker and Ron Clements (Note: this marks the return of hand-drawn animation to Disney)
Rapunzel directed by Glen Keane and Dean Wellins
King of the Elves directed by Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker
It’s interesting to note that all of the Pixar films have one individual with top billing as director, while the Disney features are structured to have two directors per film. That certainly can’t be coincidence. As Disney regains its footing, hopefully they’ll discover individuals within the organization whose personal vision is strong enough to carry a film by itself.
Also, it was apparently important enough to merit being put into this announcement that Disney has four direct-to-dvd features starring Tinkerbell and friends: Tinker Bell (Oct. 28, 2008), Tinker Bell: North of Neverland (2009), Tinker Bell: A Midsummer Storm (2010) and Tinker Bell: A Winter Story (2011).