Pixar Goes Horror? Studio Announces Scary New Film

Toy StoryPixar is maturing. Some of the studio’s more recent films, such as WALL-E and Up, introduced some more adult themes, concepts and issues. The upcoming feature Brave also looks to be a little more grown-up than some previous Pixar installments. Considering this, it isn’t so surprising that the production company is headlining its first “scary” film, tentatively titled Dia de los Muertos (which is a Mexican holiday celebrating the dead).

However, it is unlikely that the movie will be a straight horror. Lee Unkrich — co-director of Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo, and sole director of Toy Story 3 — is helming the new project, which will be based on an original story.

In other Pixar news, the company’s long-untitled dinosaur film has gotten a title and a release date: The Good Dinosaur, coming out May 30, 2014. Additionally, the Monsters, Inc. prequel Monsters University is planned for June of 2013.


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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.