Pixar and Disney have done the old bait and switch. Taking their famed animation features and alternating the release dates for the franchises. THR reports that the sequel The Incredibles 2 has been pushed forward to a summer slot of June 15th, 2018. A move that has relegated Toy Story 4 back to June 21, 2019.
Insiders from Disney have told the website that the this is due to "an accelerated production schedule" for The Incredibles 2. As it will be a surprising 14 years between installments with the original smash hit making its appearance back in 2004. Oscar winner Brad Bird has agreed to helm the sequel. The director will have a lot riding on his shoulders with the previous film making $633m globally. A number that is hard to scoff at for an animation.
Summer Is Peak Period For Kids Flicks
Described by the industry as the mid-June corridor, the huge box office takings are in large part to the holidays. Thanks most in part to kids and young adults being able to drag their parents to the movies without the hassle of school. While the folks at Toy Story will be disappointed by the news, they know it has nothing to do with performance. If anything, the delay will likely heighten the anticipation.
Toy Story 3 broke the mold when it came out in the summer of 2010, making a staggering $1.067b. After two classics that brought Pixar into the Hollywood mainstream, the third film was an easy investment for Disney. On the back of a returning voiceover cast including Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, the fourth of the franchise should be happy to let Disney promote the superhero picture for kids. As it gives them breathing space to improve on the CG work while tightening up the screenplay.
Is Short Film Release A Hint At A Darker, Serious Picture?
The Emory Wheel reports that Pixar's surprise release of the short film Borrowed Time is new ground for the production company. All while they look to expand their horizons beyond happy-go-lucky movies suitable for the kids. The snippet doesn't go into great depth for the length of the story, but animators Lou Hamou-Lhadj and Andrew Coats have really pushed the boat out to show what they can do with the effects on hand.
Released on October 14th, the 6-minutes offers complete and utter sadness from start to end. That might not sound appetizing for many, but it is promising for those that are looking for the studio to takes some risks. Borrowed Time definitely pushes the production company in a different direction.