What next for Pixar?

MonstersInc(Article by Tony G.) TIME magazine has an article about forthcoming Pixar flicks, which are next on the schedule after Ratatouille. Now the trailers for Cars didn’t impress me enough to want to check it out (and that may be a mistake), but overall I’m a firm supporter of Pixar. I consider the original Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles to be wonderful films (and not just top of the animation genre).

However I’m finding news of their new films to be…well a little odd. Here is the studio synopsis for WALL”¢ E, scheduled for 2008

The year is 2700. WALLӢ E, a robot, spends every day doing what he was made for. But soon, he will discover what he was meant for.

Well ok, it’s a rather brief synopsis with nothing much to go on, but reading it conjures up bad memories of Robots. Though I admit it’s way too early to pass any form of judgement based on a line of story, and I’m certain Pixar’s visual genius will help create quite the experience.

However, I just have to pass judgement on their next announcement, which is titled Up, scheduled for a 2009 release. The basic plot for this one is:

“Coming-of-old-age story” about a seventysomething guy who lives in a house that “looks like your grandparents’ house smelled.” He befriends a clueless young Wilderness Ranger and gets into lots of alter kocker altercations.

Now it’s true that these are not polished releases, so I wasn’t expecting studio buzz words to help sell me. But I can’t help but be bewildered by terms such as “˜alter kocker altercations’ and I need a little help trying to figure out the concept of this movie. How do you pitch something like that? Anyway, these are basic concept ideas, so nothing to get too alarmed about at this stage, so I’ll wait until I hear more information before entering a regrettable rant.

The only thing that really excites me about Pixar’s upcoming schedule is for 2010 with Toy Story 3. Perhaps this year has proven that the third part of trilogies is typically a downer, but I have a lot of love for Woody, Buzz and all the gang, so while it’s many years off, I’m definitely excited!

Hopefully you can make more sense of these films by finding the full quotes here.