Disney and Pixar Will Release 15 Features Over Next 6 Years

This afternoon, Disney announced release dates for all of its animated features produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar through 2018. The two studios will be responsible for fifteen theatrical releases over the next six years. During the previous six-year period (2007-2012), Disney and Pixar released a total of 12 films.

Here’s what we know so far based on available information:

  • Pixar’s Monsters University – June 21, 2013

  • Disney’s Planes – August 9, 2013

  • Disney’s Frozen – November 27, 2013

  • Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur – May 30, 2014

  • Disney/Marvel’s Big Hero 6 – November 7, 2014

  • Pixar’s Inside Out – June 15, 2015

  • Pixar’s Finding Dory – November 25, 2015

  • Disney Untitled Animation – March 4, 2016

  • Lee Unkrich’s Untitled “Day of the Dead” project – June 17, 2016

  • Disney Untitled Animation – November 23, 2016

  • Pixar Untitled Animation – June 16, 2017

  • Pixar Untitled Animation – November 22, 2017

  • Disney Untitled Animation – March 9th, 2018

  • Pixar Untitled Animation – June 15, 2018

  • Disney Untitled Animation – November 21, 2018

(via @ERCboxoffice and /Film)


  • YazzyDream

    How the hell do they plan on pulling this off??

    • http://www.facebook.com/jsidhom Jonah Sidhom

      Coffee

  • Sean Pendleton

    Hey two Disney films in 2016 and 2018, and two Pixar ones in 2017. That’s interesting.

  • Toonio

    This is just Disney’s late reaction(as always) to Dreamworks and Reel FX plans, throwing the Pixar brand in there just as bait for the Pixar fans (if there are as many as they used to be *cough* Brave *cough*).

    Good for those in the industry IF they hire more people, and extremely bad if they don’t. But this is Disney, so frustration and burn outs are guaranteed either way. So put your money in shotguns, canned food and anti depressants for a market killing. ;D

    • ConorM

      You misspelled “*cough* Cars Franchise *cough* sequels of dubious intent *cough*”

  • MC

    And not a hand-drawn piece in the lot.

    Do we possibly believe there have been that many pictures greenlighted? I’m sure nothing amiss from setting release dates long before production has started…

    • jmahon

      sooo many lovely traditionally animated movies are being released overseas. I feel absolutely ROBBED that, as far as I know, “Ernest and Celestine” won’t get a professional dub in English and a western release. THAT movie is something that belongs in theaters.

    • Geoff Wertheim

      I dunno… Rumor has it Untitled will be traditionally hand drawn…

  • Ivan Dixon

    I don’t like how many sequels to “Untitled” they’re planning.

    • lonely daffodil

      I’m not a being fan of the “Untitled” series myself.

  • Roberto Severino

    Let’s hope Disney and Pixar have some superhuman animators that can make it through such a massive workload and are payed and recognized properly for their work. I’ll be very impressed if most of them end up being successful without compromising the quality.

    • jmahon

      maybe they’ll be going for sheer numbers.

      And yeah, there was a small kerfuffle going on after Epic was released amongst some places on the internet saying that the next big thing should be giving lead animators equal(or as close to it as possible) billing with the voice actors, in the ending title screens… since, especially in Epic, the voice actors did NOT contribute much to that film whatsoever, compared to the animators. Sounds like a pipe dream, but not that difficult, I think, someone just has to do it first.

      • Scott550

        That will never happen. Ever. Animators are part of a team. Also know that most actors, on first animated films (not sequels) get paid less than most on the animation staff.

        Big actor names do talk shows and promote films (they get paid extra for this). Audiences don’t care to see animators on Ellen or Letterman.

  • Lili

    Umm… Yes?

  • Steve

    Methinks Disney may double-up their intended projects as Star Wars and Marvel animated features. If the ‘Dory’ film does not do well enough, Disney can retreat to what it does best, churning out sequels. Besides, there have already been rumors of another ‘Incredibles’ story. Sequels are safe choices, especially with Star Wars safely secured. Wonder how much Pixar had to give of itself to diminish what made them great, originality.

  • Scott550

    That statement is factually untrue.

  • Sarah Q

    that will totally not affect the quality of the films and the mental health of the animators…NOT

  • jonny

    I thought Frozen was 2D??

    • holycow

      Where have you been?

  • Jen Hurler

    Did they not learn from DreamWorks Animation?

  • canimal

    Why wouldn’t we be?

  • Roberto Severino

    The life and times of outsourcing animation to Canada and various Asian countries, particularly India, Korea, and China. I still have a lot of faith in the animators working on these films here. Can’t go wrong with Eric Goldberg.

    • holycow

      Eric Goldberg is ONE GUY. Animated films need many many good animators.

      • Funkybat

        And Lord knows there are plenty of talented guys and girls currently unemployed and underemployed out there…hopefully the studios will crew up to some extent, without overextending themselves and setting up a house of cards.

  • demonvaska

    So, essentially another five-year plan. The Soviet Union jokes are practically writing themselves at this point. Considering the quality shown in the ‘Planes’ adverts so far it’s going to be a long, sad five years.

    That they’re already setting solid dates instead of say, just putting out the movie when it’s polished and ready, demonstrates how Disney really has stopped being a movie company and is an intellectual property and ancillary sales business.

  • Me

    Does anyone else find it silly that they are announcing seven untitled films?! Aside from specific dates, there is no NEW news here.
    Why hype intentions to make a movie? I should hope all studios intend to make movies for as long as they possibly can!
    Why stop at seven?! Embrace the silliness and release your intended slate to the year 3000.
    (I’m sure they have ideas for those seven, its still silly to announce nothing though. I’m confused.)

  • Revy

    Disney’s Planes is being made by an animation studio in India, and distributed by Disney. Who knows how many of the “Untitled” features are developed the same way.

    And I still can’t look at Pixar’s Finding Dory as Andrew Stanton walking home with this tail between his legs after the massive failure of John Carter. If JC succeeded, there would be no Finding Dory. Or at least Stanton would have nothing to do with it.

    All I can hope is that Dory is not a COMPLETE mail-in by the studio.

  • Fb

    For some reason this doesn’t make me happy at all :|. I hope a 2d animation studios opens by that time.

  • Funkybat

    Why was Planes included in this list then?

    Despite it now being given a feature release instead of its intended direct-to-video slot, I am not going to treat “Planes” as if it were a true Pixar film. I’ll see it and judge it on its actual merits, but good or bad, the honors or razzberries will belong to Prana and DisneyToon.

  • Funkybat

    I refuse to buy into this “conventional wisdom” that says “modern audiences won’t pay to see 2D.” It’s utter hogwash, if this were part of an expeiment, the “sample size” would be too small to make any kind of judgment on final results.

    The only 2D features produced and released in the U.S. in the past 9 years have been “Princess and the Frog” and “Winnie the Pooh.” One of those was never intended to be any kind of tentpole of major box office hit, the other did well enough for what it was, but had the burden of unrealistic expectations placed on it. “Princess and the Frog” was never going to be a “Lion King” or even a “Beauty and the Beast” when it came to box office. It was a solidly animated, entertaining film with some catchy ditties and a decent amount of funny and touching moments. Using them as your barometer for audience sentiment toward hand-drawn animation is like trying to conclude whether or not global warming is happening based on the temps on ten random days over the span of two years.

    2D can rise again, but it will take at least 3-4 really good films, released within 3 years or one another, to build the kind of momentum to put this “2D is dead” meme to rest. Audiences will still go to see hand-drawn animation, it just can’t be average or even slightly above average.

    “Princess and the Frog” was hardly a flop, by the way, ever showing I went two was 3/4 full or more, and at almost every one people clapped and cheered when the credits came on, I hadn’t seen that since “Lion King.” I think there is an untapped demand for quality 2D films that just needs to be rediscovered, and not at the expense of 3D either, it’s not an either-or choice.

    • Animator606432

      Right, what exception did Disney have for this film Especially after there last hand animated film was “Home on the Range”? That was a horrible film. Didn’t the all knowing executives at Disney think that maybe it wasn’t the animation style that turned the audience off but the company. Hell, didn’t “Chicken Little” do mediocre at the box office when it was released?

    • Scott550

      The only people who care about hand drawn cartoons are animators. That’s about the smallest percentage of audiences ever. People don’t love or hate films because they’re hand drawn or cg or boogers on glass. They love them because the films make them care.

    • Charly2229

      according to boxoffice mojo – Production budget was $105mm (which i presume doesn’t include localization and advertising) and the world wide take was $267mm…. agreed hardly a flop but depending on the advertising budget making a little over 100mm is hardly going to inspire a huge corporation like Disney sadly.

  • Funkybat

    Wreck-It Ralph 2 is about the only recent Disney Studios title I would care to see a sequel of, but even I wouldn’t expect a finished film any earlier than 2016, unless they were already in pre-production while the original was in theaters. For all I know they don’t even have a plot outline at this point.

  • Funkybat

    I thought GKids was going to have a US dubbed release of Ernest & Celestine. They seem to have done alright with their release of “From Up On Poppy Hill” so hopefully more foreign 2D animation will be coming out way.

  • Paul N

    The irony is, any one of the three “Untitled” Disney releases COULD be a hand-drawn film. It’s unlikely, but possible. Which just goes to show that the griping about the lack of 2D films is just a knee-jerk reaction for some.

  • Javier Astray

    Where is the Phineas & Ferb Movie?

  • Scott550

    Yes, it does include the planes cartoon, and it’s in the works sequels. I am, however, glad it doesn’t include the tinkerbell films (none of which has been issued theatrically, anyway).

  • Hankenshift

    DW has made PLENTY of bad cartoons. But pretty much, all the films coming out of Disney, Pixar, DW, Blue Sky, and Illumination are the same.

    • Jen Hurler

      I can understand why a studio would want to ramp up production, but the quality of the story clearly suffers from this decision. Whether it’s because artists are shuffled to different projects or they shorten the overall time for each step, whatever it is, it doesn’t seem to work for any of the studios.

  • Marc Hendry

    is this what they call “market saturation”? I wonder if it will at least help the artists have a bit of job security.

  • Black Licorice Dog

    Reel FX has three features in their pipe – Freebirds, a Day of the dead project w/ del Toro attached and a third with Shane Acker on board. Not a bad slate for a lil shop in Texas.

  • Guest

    Gee, that was really informative I’m really forward to “Disney Untitled Animation.” That one has the most intriguing title out of the bunch.

  • Uberman5000

    15? And how much do you want to bet that none of them are going to be King of the Elves?

  • spongeblog

    I saw a preview of “Untitled. It stars Unnamed and is filmed in location: Unknown. Simply Unwatchable