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Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich has started his next Pixar project, but what is it?

Sep. 27, 2011by: Dave Davis

After closing out the feature-length adventures of Buzz and Woody (for now) with the delightful TOY STORY 3, director Lee Unkrich is ready to get going on his next Pixar movie.

Unkrich announced today on Twitter that "Today is day one on my next project. Every day I’ll post a new photo chronicling the journey."

On his tumblr, Unkrich began with posts of a computer keyboard and a healthy looking sammich. Could that be some kind of clue? Will his new Pixar movie be about talking food or something? Or was it just, y'know, lunchtime?

While it will probably be a while before we see anything truly revelatory, at least we know what Unkrich will not be directing -- Pixar's previously announced "Untitled Pixar Movie that You See Inside the Brain" will be directed by Pete Docter (UP), and the "Untitled Pixar Movie about Dinosaurs" is coming from Pixar veteran Bob Peterson. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, directed by Dan Scanlon, is due in 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Did any of you like CARS 2?
Source: THR

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6:26PM on 09/28/2011
Cars 2 was an absolute borefest, lol @ tumblr = poor mans twitter.
Cars 2 was an absolute borefest, lol @ tumblr = poor mans twitter.
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10:22AM on 09/28/2011
Cars 2 was great but they just need to learn to leave the story of lightning mcqueen and explore this new cars universe that has been created. The secret agent idea was great along with the bad cars mafia but having the cast from cars 2 kind of screwed things up a little. As for this latest one, I guess a number of things come to mind. A geek that gets sucked into a game. hmm
Cars 2 was great but they just need to learn to leave the story of lightning mcqueen and explore this new cars universe that has been created. The secret agent idea was great along with the bad cars mafia but having the cast from cars 2 kind of screwed things up a little. As for this latest one, I guess a number of things come to mind. A geek that gets sucked into a game. hmm
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6:15AM on 09/28/2011
Cars 2 was good for what it was, but I found Larry the Cable guy absolutely insufferable.
Cars 2 was good for what it was, but I found Larry the Cable guy absolutely insufferable.
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1:01AM on 09/28/2011

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I actually had fun with Cars 2. It was harmless fun. The biggest problem I think is when people think of Pixar now they instantly expect there to be a huge emotional punch and big meaningful moral to it. What they forget is that this isn't the first time they've done a lighthearted movie aimed more towards kids. A Bugs Life is a perfect example.

I took the movie for what it was. A movie about James Bond's car if he could talk, and the crazy adventures he goes on with a clueless hillbilly
I actually had fun with Cars 2. It was harmless fun. The biggest problem I think is when people think of Pixar now they instantly expect there to be a huge emotional punch and big meaningful moral to it. What they forget is that this isn't the first time they've done a lighthearted movie aimed more towards kids. A Bugs Life is a perfect example.

I took the movie for what it was. A movie about James Bond's car if he could talk, and the crazy adventures he goes on with a clueless hillbilly mistaken as a spy. The animation and design was beautiful as well. Seriosuly, the locations almost looked like photographs and if you removed the eyes and mouths from these cars they'd look almost photo-realistic with the relfections and lighting.

Like I said, I think this movie gets too much crap because people have their own idea of what Pixar SHOULD be, not what it is. You can't say you hate the Cars movies and still put A Bugs Life up there with Up and Wall-E or even Toy Story. But at the end of the day it's there to entertain and I thought it did it's job well.
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11:58AM on 09/28/2011
Okay, I definitely agree with you for the most part. Cars 2 wasn't THAT bad and it doesn't deserve all the crap it gets.

Where I DISAGREE with you is what we expect from Pixar. Yeah they tend to be deep with emotion often times but what we've grown to expect is ORIGINALITY. I mean really, it's fascinating thinking about the life bugs live or the daily duties of a scary monster or the secret life of our toys. Yes, A Bug's Life is not very emotional at all, but it is a pretty original
Okay, I definitely agree with you for the most part. Cars 2 wasn't THAT bad and it doesn't deserve all the crap it gets.

Where I DISAGREE with you is what we expect from Pixar. Yeah they tend to be deep with emotion often times but what we've grown to expect is ORIGINALITY. I mean really, it's fascinating thinking about the life bugs live or the daily duties of a scary monster or the secret life of our toys. Yes, A Bug's Life is not very emotional at all, but it is a pretty original story. 

The Cars franchise lacked that aspect. The first Cars wasn't horrible but it was my least favorite Pixar movie (mainly because it was their first movie partial to its audience; either everyone relates [Toy Story, Monster's Inc.] or no one relates [WALL•E, Ratatouille, Up, A Bug's Life, The Incredibles]; not everyone [me] likes cars and racing).

Cars 2 I had fun with yeah but was disappointed overall because it was completely UNORIGINAL. The talking cars thing was explored in the first movie and the second offered nothing new at all. Have we not all seen a James Bond-type spy/terrorist plot story before? Therefore, Cars 2 was not Pixar-quality because it was unoriginal.

With all that said, I definitely don't HATE Cars 2 but it certainly my least favorite. I think we can all agree that Pixar is only best when they are original.
2:23PM on 09/28/2011
Going by that logic you must have disliked Toy Story 3 as well for being completely unoriginal. While Cars 2 was something we've seen before (Cars talking) mixed with a James Bond spy movie, Toy Story 3 was something we've seen before (Toys being alive) mixed with The Great Escape. Yet no one complained about THAT being unoriginal. Like I said, people have their own standards they've set for Pixar movies, but tend to ignore those standards when it's convenient (thus everyone's enjoyment of Toy
Going by that logic you must have disliked Toy Story 3 as well for being completely unoriginal. While Cars 2 was something we've seen before (Cars talking) mixed with a James Bond spy movie, Toy Story 3 was something we've seen before (Toys being alive) mixed with The Great Escape. Yet no one complained about THAT being unoriginal. Like I said, people have their own standards they've set for Pixar movies, but tend to ignore those standards when it's convenient (thus everyone's enjoyment of Toy Story 3 but dislike of Cars 2)
2:27PM on 09/28/2011
The whole Cars franchise should be seen for exactly what it is, a cashgrab by a studio that knows what it's doing REALLY well. Pixar is obviously known for keeping up a high level of integrity for their films and honestly I dont care if they have to milk the merchandising of it's worst creation so that they can have more money to make films like UP and WallE. Pixar is the only animation studio in the West to give Studio Ghibli a run for it's money, and if they have to secure their finances
The whole Cars franchise should be seen for exactly what it is, a cashgrab by a studio that knows what it's doing REALLY well. Pixar is obviously known for keeping up a high level of integrity for their films and honestly I dont care if they have to milk the merchandising of it's worst creation so that they can have more money to make films like UP and WallE. Pixar is the only animation studio in the West to give Studio Ghibli a run for it's money, and if they have to secure their finances with a Cars 2 & 3 etc, then so be it.

btw. @Jusek I don't know why you chose A Bug's Life as your example of Pixar's originality when of all of their films it's the only story that's practically a remake (Seven Samurai)
8:53PM on 09/28/2011
"You can't say you hate the Cars movies and still put A Bugs Life" I am not sure if I have heard any more bullshit in my life. It's not what the movies are about, but their implementation. "A Bug's Life" is so vastly different from "Cars" that despite that they are more kid friendly, it's still crap. Because all of Dreamworks animated films are aimed at kids, if you like one of them, you absolutely must like them all. Or if you like one Bond film, you must like them all. That's basically what
"You can't say you hate the Cars movies and still put A Bugs Life" I am not sure if I have heard any more bullshit in my life. It's not what the movies are about, but their implementation. "A Bug's Life" is so vastly different from "Cars" that despite that they are more kid friendly, it's still crap. Because all of Dreamworks animated films are aimed at kids, if you like one of them, you absolutely must like them all. Or if you like one Bond film, you must like them all. That's basically what you just said. Do you see you how retarded that is?

With all that, "Cars 2" did plenty right, but it got one major thing wrong, Mater being the main character. Here Mater is much more Larry The Cable Guy, with "Git r done" actually being said at one point. Also, the emotion of the story, McQueen yelling at Mater for screwing the race up, is hollow. Mater DID screw up the race, and therefore the audience sides with McQueen. The action scenes are great, and I did like it overall.
9:40PM on 09/28/2011
I get what you're saying and perhaps I worded it wrong. What I mean is a lot of people complain about the Cars series for 1 of 2 reasons. 1) It's aimed at kids, which goes into 2) It's only made for Merchandising. Now THAT is the biggest BS i've ever heard. Just because it sells lots of toys does not mean that's why it's made. And that's the argument everyone always jumps to it seems. Toy Story is a movie about TOYS, and they get to make a shit ton of new toys based off those characters that
I get what you're saying and perhaps I worded it wrong. What I mean is a lot of people complain about the Cars series for 1 of 2 reasons. 1) It's aimed at kids, which goes into 2) It's only made for Merchandising. Now THAT is the biggest BS i've ever heard. Just because it sells lots of toys does not mean that's why it's made. And that's the argument everyone always jumps to it seems. Toy Story is a movie about TOYS, and they get to make a shit ton of new toys based off those characters that kids will want. Cars 2 is as much a merchandise cash grab as Toy Story 3 was.

Also another thing to keep in mind, Bugs Life was kiddy before people expected much more from Pixar, so a lot of people let it slide. If Bugs Life wasn't the second film made and instead was the 11th or 12th, I feel it would have gotten as much crap as Cars did. And I loved A Bugs Life, just saying people complain about the target audience when they're not in it or when it's convenient to complain.

Now if you complain about Mater (like you and a few others have) I can understand that. I'm not a huge fan of Larry the Cable Guy. But I think Mater was a lot more tolerable in the sequel, because it WAS about him. It actually gave him the chance to be the hero that would grow as a chracter throughout. I liked that.
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