Disney Pixar's John Lasseter arrived at the Cannes Film Festival today for a two-hour presentation that offered new details on the studio's slate of upcoming animated movies. The filmmaker presented The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, Toy Story 4, Zootopia and Moana to the Cannes crowd, all of which will be released between 2015 and 2017. John Lasseter presented clips from all of the aforementioned projects, except for Toy Story 4, and while those videos haven't been made available yet, the filmmaker did offer plenty of new details about each project.
"This is a boy and a dog story, but the roles are reversed. Arlo, the dinosaur, is the boy in the story and Spot is the dog. We're putting our own unique Pixar spin on the dinosaur world. The feathers on the Veliraptor look like the haircuts of famous football players."
One of the clips John Lasseter showed, featuring Arlo and Spot chasing fireflies, revealed that the studio is striving for a new level of "believable" visuals.
"It's unlike anything we've had before. The level of believability we're striving for in this film is going to be breathtaking."
Finding Dory (June 17, 2016) is set just six months after the events of 2003's Finding Nemo, where Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), Nemo and Marlin (Albert Brooks) reunite and go on a journey to find the forgetful Dory's parents (Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy). The sequel will include adventures such as a jaunt through the Pacific Ocean where shipping containers have fallen off several boats, encounters with deadly squid and the introduction of two new friends, an octopus and a "whale-shark" named Destiny, who thinks she's a whale but is actually a shark.
Toy Story 4 (June 16, 2017) was first announced back in November, with John Lasseter directing and Josh Cooley serving as co-director. John Lasseter didn't unveil any new footage at Cannes, but he did offer a few hints about the story.
"I am very excited to be directing again. We're in the early stages of the film, but it's shaping up nicely. It's funny. The story is not as much a continuation of the past films, but a brand new chapter in the Toy Story world."
Zootopia (March 4, 2016) is set in the title city where humans do not exist, but animals are divided into classes and face prejudice based on pre-conceived notions about their species. The plot centers on a bunny cop named Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), now downgraded to a meter maid after being the first bunny on the police force, who teams with a fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) to crack a missing mammal case. One of the clips showed to the Cannes crowd featured Judy being held up by a sloth who works at the DMV.
Moana (November 23, 2016) will be Disney's first Polynesian princess movie, centering on the 16-year-old title character who wants to explore the nearby islands of her homeland. Dwayne Johnson has signed on to voice the mythical hero Maui who sports a number of tattoos and a mystical sea hook. John Lasseter revealed during the presentation that his team received notes from local South Pacific fishermen, anthropologists and elders, who all gave the movie their blessing. What do you think about Pixar's upcoming animated slate? Chime in with your thoughts below, and stay tuned for more on all of these animated movies.