Attendees at The Walt Disney Studios’ CinemaCon presentation yesterday were treated to a screening of a full, unfinished cut of Pixar’s Monsters University. Director Dan Scanlon was in attendance and told the audience that they were some of the first people outside of Pixar to see the film. While I’m sure they’ve been embargoed from saying much, those attendees who did comment on Twitter and on their various news sites and blogs all had positive things to say about the film. Needless to say, all of us at Animation Fascination wished we were in attendance, but we’ll have to wait along with the rest of the U.S. to see Monsters University when it arrives in theaters on June 21.
Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, was the host of the three-hour presentation. According to Deadline.com, Horn reviewed Disney’s upcoming film slate for the next two years, including offerings from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures, DreamWorks (the live action films that Disney distributes, such as The Help and Lincoln), Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm.
Animation highlights from the presentation include:
- The “Untitled Pixar Movie that Takes You Inside the Mind” now has an official title and a Facebook page. Director Pete Docter’s new film will be called Inside Out and will open in U.S. theaters on June 19, 2015. That means two Pixar films will be released in 2015—the recently announced Finding Dory is scheduled to be released in the U.S. in November 2015.
- Attendees saw a few seconds of animation from The Good Dinosaur (hey, it was only a few seconds, but it’s a few seconds of a new Pixar film…), which will be released in U.S. theaters on May 30, 2014.
- Horn reported he has seen a first cut of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming film Frozen that’s scheduled to be released November 2013, and that it’s “one that works.” (We hope that means that it’s fantastic.)
On the live action front, Disney screened a 20-minute clip of their upcoming action pic The Lone Ranger. Stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer were on hand to discuss the film with attendees. As you’ve probably heard, Horn also shared more details about what’s being worked on at Lucasfilm. He announced that starting in 2015 with Star Wars: Episode VII, there will be a new Star Wars film every summer for the foreseeable future (my brain exploded again when I heard that information–it exploded the first time when I heard that new Star Wars films were going to be made in the first place). Episode VIII and Episode IX will be released in 2017 and 2019 respectively and the films focused on stand-alone characters and story lines will be released on the alternating years. No titles or characters were given, but clearly the folks at Lucasfilm are going to be busy.