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Animation juggernaut Pixar wasn't about to be left out of Thursday's big Disney Investor showcase. Pixar's chief creative officer, Pete Docter, showed up ready to unload a slate of animated film and television reveals that look poised to take everything to infinity...and beyond.
Two new feature films were announced, including the Toy Story-inspired Lightyear, which is set to release in the summer of 2022. Docter promised a sci-fi film such as Pixar's never done; one that will tell the "definitive origin story" of Buzz Lightyear. He may have been just a toy in the Toy Story films, but this movie will showcase him as the real deal. Not only that; he'll even be voiced by Captain America himself: Chris Evans.
Before that, however, June 2021 will bring Luca to theaters, a love letter to both Italy and friendship. Coming later in 2022 is Turning Red, directed by Domee Shi, the director of the award-winning short Bao. This new film will tell the story of a 13-year-old girl who turns into a giant red panda when she gets excited.
Coming even sooner, audiences will get their long-awaited taste of Pixar's Soul, which is releasing this Christmas on Disney+. Soul will premiere along with a new short called Burrow.
Also coming to Disney+ will be more episodes of the documentary series Inside Pixar, as well as a series of mini-shorts starring classic Pixar characters, called Pixar Popcorn. In addition, Dug and Carl from Up will be back for the series Dug Days, and the universe of Cars will rev up and expand for a series that will send Lightning McQueen and Mater on a cross-country road trip.
The studio is also set to create its very first long-form animated series, called Win or Lose. Coming from Carrie Hobson and Michael Yates, Win or Lose will tell tales from varying points of view, and is slated to debut in the fall of 2023.
Docter made sure to mention that Pixar continues to cultivate its talented crop of developing filmmakers who already work within the studio, as well as a brand-new slew of artists. With Pixar celebrating 34 years, Docter said, "We honor tradition while at the same time innovating for the future."
Say it with us now: To infinity...and BEYOND!