There are a lot of upcoming Pixar movies on the way in the early 2020s. Now Toy Story 4 is almost here, it's time to look to the future and what promises to be a very different sort of Pixar movie. 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.
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.
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. The Onward trailer put the focus on the Elvish suburbia, and teased the brothers' adventure.
Soul - June 19, 2020
Pete Docter is arguably the best director in Pixar history, having previously helmed Monsters, Inc., Up, and Inside Out. Those latter two won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, cementing Docter's place in Pixar history. And while he is now entering the next phase of his career as the studio's new chief creative officer, he is still going to be directing features. Fans will see his next offering in June 2020 when Soul enters theaters.
Since the film was only recently announced, there obviously isn't much known about it at this point in time. However, a brief synopsis teased that it explores "what is it that makes you... YOU?" and will take viewers on a journey from the streets of New York to the cosmic realms so it can answer hard life questions. Given how brilliantly Docter handled similar subject matter with Inside Out, he seems like the perfect choice to realize this film, and surely audiences will have to bring tissues to the theater.
Other Upcoming Pixar Films
Pixar has secured a few other release dates for movies that are currently untitled. They are:
- June 18, 2021
- March 18, 2022
- June 17, 2022
- Toy Story 4 (2019) release date: Jun 21, 2019