With Ratatouille set to hit theaters on June 29, the latest issue of Time Magazine provides some info on the next three Pixar films for you fanatics who aren't in the mood to wait to see what the animation studio has in store for us down the line. Dark Horizons managed to get a hold of the vague plot descriptions, but the most interesting part came in the announcement of a brand new Pixar flick for 2009; one we hadn't heard anything about until now. First up for Pixar will be Wall * E (to be released on June 27, 2008) and, according to DH, it's being described "as a space-set remake of a 1931 Charlie Chaplin film about a blind girl wooed by a tramp she mistakenly believes is a rich man." However, this film will be set in the year 2700 and, instead of humans, the main characters will be a robot named Wall * E and a female robot named Eve. Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo) will write and direct, with Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt voicing the main roles electronically.
On June 12, 2009, Pixar will shovel out a film called Up. I'm not quite sure I follow the plot description, but here's what DH gives us: "A 'coming-of-old-age' story which follows an elderly man who befriends a clueless young Wilderness Ranger and gets into lots of globe-hopping, ass-kicking adventures with villains and beasts whilst still eating dinner in the early afternoon." Make of that what you will; I'll be curious to see how well this one does with an elderly man in the main role. Following Up, Toy Story 3 will hit theaters at some point during the summer of 2010. Lee Unkrich (co-director of Toy Story 2 and Finding Nemo) is currently writing the story, so there's no word on what type of adventure Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen) will find themselves on this time, but I have to imagine folks will anticipate this one the most. Here's hoping the geniuses at Pixar take a real close look at the failures of some of this summer's threequels so that Toy Story 3 doesn't disappoint. Fingers crossed.