John Lasseter Discusses Future Pixar Projects; ‘Toy Story’ TV Specials Coming 2013-2014

In recent interviews, John Lasseter offered detailed pitches on Pixar’s upcoming “The Good Dinosaur” and the unnamed human mind film, directed by Bob Peterson and Pete Docter, respectively.

Lasseter provided the synopsis of “The Good Dinosaur”:

“What if the meteor that killed off the dinosaurs missed Earth and dinosaurs kept living? It’s really a great story because they are very funny dinosaurs. They are kind of cartoony but they are dinosaurs, they are not walking around with clothes on or anything like that, they still are kind of dinosaurs. We focused on mostly the plant-eaters, not the carnivores… Their society becomes more of an agrarian society, meaning farmers. They become farmers.”

The chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios continues:

“Pete Docter… is working on the next one. We don’t have the title for it yet, but it takes place in the mind. Pete has this way of constantly trying to figure out something that we’re all familiar with in some way… he’s constantly looking for these kinds of things. You look at people oftentimes and they do something to make you go “What are they thinking?” or it’s like how a song gets stuck in your head and you just can’t get it out. Little quirky thing alike this that we all do. Certain emotions just seem to take us over, anger or happiness, where you start giggling and laughing and you can’t stop. He thought “I want to take a look at that, explain that.” His idea is that the emotions of this little girl are the characters and it takes place in the head of this little girl, and shows how they control things that go on. It’s very, very clever and it’s truly unlike anything you’ve ever seen, yet it explains things you’ve seen.”

Finally some great news for fans of Woody and Buzz; Pixar is developing two original, 22-minute television specials starring the characters of Toy Story. They will air (presumably on either ABC or the Disney Channel) in October 2013 and Spring 2014. Also, Three new Toy Story Toons are in development according to a book industry e-catalogue from Disney Publishing Worldwide.

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