There was a time when the animation studio Pixar, which belongs to Disney, also distinguished itself by relying primarily on new original material and less on sequels to already established stories. But two “Monster AG”, three “Cars” and four “Toy Story” films later, of course, that’s a thing of the past – but of course that’s not too bad as long as the sequels are more like “Toy Story” and not go so much the “Cars” way and still be able to convince with many fresh ideas.
We definitely believe that the latest Pixar sequel, which was surprisingly announced at the Disney D23 trade fair that is currently taking place, caused those present, including our social media manager Felix Weyers, to burst into cheers: In the summer of 2024 “Everything is upside down 2” will be released!
We remember: In “Everything is Upside Down” we got an insight into the emotional world of eleven-year-old Riley that was as funny as it was original and touching. When her family is forced to move, the personified emotions inside Riley’s head spiral out of control. With this fantastic and, above all, fantastically implemented premise, Pixar delivered one of its most creative and entertaining works to us in 2015, which made it to number 22 in our list of the best animated films for a reason:
There aren’t too many details about the sequel yet. What is certain, however, is that the plot will start a few years after that of the first film and will present us with Riley as a teenager. And in this difficult phase of life, new (until now undisclosed) feelings join the well-known emotions of joy, sorrow, disgust, fear and anger. Meg LeFauve is once again writing the script, but this time Kelsey Mann, who has worked on many of the studio’s other titles, is directing, but now directs his first feature-length film with the sequel “Inside Out”.
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It is still unclear whether Disney will bring “Inside Out 2” to the cinemas or – like some other Pixar films (e.g. “Luca” and “Rot”) – will release it directly on Disney+. Given the popularity of the first installment, which at the time grossed over $850 million at the box office and scooped the Oscar for best animated film of the year, we’re clearly guessing/hoping for the former.
But Pixar wouldn’t be Pixar if they didn’t have other brand new projects up their sleeves. And so the upcoming sci-fi adventure “Elio” was unveiled by the “Coco” team at the D23 in addition to “Inside Out 2”. – including a first look at the eponymous main character. In it, she embarks on a turbulent journey into space and makes acquaintance with all sorts of crazy aliens. “Elio” is also scheduled for release in 2024.
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