We're running down all of the Pixar films audiences will be able to check out in the next few years. Back in 1995, the studio completely revolutionized animation in Hollywood with the release of Toy Story, the industry's first computer-animated feature film. While the incredible technical achievement was well worth the hype and praise, it certainly helped matters that Toy Story was also an incredibly successful movie. It was the highest-grossing film domestically of 1995 and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Audiences and critics were impressed with Toy Story's well-rounded narrative and characters, establishing the studio as a major player in the business.
Since the first Toy Story, Pixar has gone on to become one of the most prolific companies in all of film. They continue to reach the incredibly high bar they set for themselves at the very beginning; 20 films in, Pixar has grossed more than $13 billion at the worldwide box office and won nine Best Animated Feature Oscars. It goes without saying that they are an integral part of Disney's ever-growing media empire, and under the leadership of new CCO Pete Docter, they have plenty of upcoming projects that will hopefully delight fans. After a recent influx of sequels, Pixar is reportedly going to develop more original programming in the future, which is encouraging for those who have fond memories of the studio's 2000s heyday.
Here, we list all the Pixar films coming out in one place so viewers know which dates to circle on their calendars.
Toy Story 4 - June 21, 2019
Pixar's flagship franchise seemingly reached its natural conclusion with 2010's Toy Story 3, which ended with Andy bidding an emotional farewell to the trusty gang of toys that got him through childhood. Woody and friends were passed over to Bonnie to start a new life with a new kid, and there didn't appear to be anywhere else for the story to go. However, in 2014, Pixar made the surprising official announcement Toy Story 4 was in development. Since that time, the project has endured a bumpy ride to theaters. It lost original writers Rashida Jones & Will McCormack, saw most of the initial script thrown out, and is arguably the Pixar film most directly impacted by John Lasseter's departure. Despite all that, director Josh Cooley kept it on track for its summer 2019 premiere.
Now that Pixar has kicked off the marketing campaign, some plot details have been revealed. Toy Story 4 introduces a new character called Forky, who is literally a creation of Bonnie's built with a plastic fork and pipe cleaners. He's convinced he's not a toy, so Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why things aren't all that bad. In their latest misadventure, the toys find themselves at a carnival, where Woody reunites with his old friend (and love interest) Bo Peep. Based on her new design and attitude, Bo has clearly changed since audiences last saw her in Toy Story 2, and her reappearance challenges Woody's perception of his world. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen have teased Toy Story 4 is just as emotional and poignant as its predecessors, so hopefully it doesn't disappoint.
Onward - March 6, 2020
As fun as it is to see familiar faces like Dory, Mr. Incredible, and Woody again, many viewers would agree Pixar is at their strongest when crafting original films that push the boundaries of what's capable in the animation medium. Audiences were reminded of that magic touch in recent years with Oscar-winning efforts like Inside Out and Coco. Thankfully, viewers don't have to wait much longer to see the next original Pixar movie. In December 2018, the studio officially announced Onward, which stars Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer.
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Per the official synopsis, Onward follows two teenage elf brothers who go on a journey to see if "there is still magic out there." Marvel co-stars Pratt and Holland will voice the brothers. Dan Scanlon, who previously helmed Pixar's prequel Monsters University, will call the shots on Onward. Scanlon also co-wrote the script with C.S. Anderson. With the film's release date still more than a year away (as of this writing), not much else is known. Still, given the talent involved, it's hard not to get excited.
Other Upcoming Pixar Films
Pixar has secured a few other release dates for movies that are currently untitled. They are:
- June 19, 2020 (written by C.S. Anderson)
- June 18, 2021 (directed by Pete Docter; written by Docter and Anderson)
- March 18, 2022
- June 17, 2022
Docter is perhaps Pixar's best director, having previously made Monsters, Inc., Up, and Inside Out. While all of these are worth looking forward to, Docter's next may be the most anticipated of the bunch.
- Toy Story 4 (2019) release date: Jun 21, 2019