D23: Pixar previews 'Finding Dory' and 'Toy Story 4'
Disney and Pixar's chief creative officer and "Toy Story" director John Lasseter said that Pixar is moving forward with "Toy Story 4," which he will direct from a script by Will McCormick and Rashida Jones.
Noting that this year marks the 20th anniversary of "Toy Story"'s release, Lasseter noted on Friday at D23 that the wheels started to turn after screenwriter Andrew Stanton quietly wrote an "unbelievable treatment."
"It is a love story between Woody and Bo Peep," Lasseter said, noting that Woody and Buzz set out to find Bo. "It's a very personal story for me, inspired by my wife, Nancy."
Oscar winning songwriter and composer Randy Newman will be back for the film, and he joined Lasseter on stage, sitting at a piano to sing "Toy Story" classic "You've got a Friend in Me."
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Pixar also announced a new film, "Coco," about the Day of the Dead celebration, helmed by "Toy Story 3" director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla Anderson.
Meanwhile, Ellen DeGeneres joined director Stanton (Oscar winner for "Finding Nemo" and "Wall-E") and Pixar filmmakers to introduce Pixar Animation Studio's "Finding Dory," the sequel to "Finding Nemo," slated for a June 17, 2016 release.
Returning voice cast members include DeGeneres (Dory) and Albert Brooks (Marlin) and join new cast members including Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy as Dory's parents. "I'm so excited and I'm so proud of this film," DeGeneres said.
The story begins six months after "Finding Nemo" ends, and in the first clip, Dory remembers that she has a family and wants to set out to find them (flashbacks are 2D animation).
Pixar also previewed its upcoming Nov. 25 release "The Good Dinosaur," directed by Peter Sohn (incidentally the voice of Emilie in "Ratatouille"), who described the film as "an adventurous, emotional story about self discovery."
Its protagonist is a dinosaur named Arlo (voiced by Raymond Ochoa) with a voice cast that includes Frances McDormand and Jeffrey Wright, as Arlo's parents.
As the Pixar segment of the presentation began, "Inside Out" director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera appeared to preview "Riley's First Date?," a well-received short that will appear on the "Inside Out" DVD this fall. In the short, directed by Josh Cooley, the emotions in the heads of Riley's parents panic when a boy shows up at the door and asks for their daughter.