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Disney/Pixar details Toy Story 3, Cars 2, The Bear and the Bow

Tons of Disney and Pixar news today so let’s get to it. First up, Disney has announced that Mandy Moore will voice the title role in the upcoming 2D-animated film “Rapunzel,” while Zachary Levi, star of NBC’s Chuck, will play the role of a bandit who takes Rapunzel on an adventure. So we can now assume that Rapunzel being stuck in the tower will merely serve as the intro to the film, with the story following her on her adventures as she discovers what she’s been missing.

Next up is Pixar’s Toy Story 3 news. While speaking at a Disney presentation in London, John Lasseter announced that Timothy Dalton and will play the role of a toy porcupine called Mr. Pricklepants.

A clip of the film was show as the presentation which reveals some plot points. Empire Magazine describes the clip: Clearly the toys end up being sent to a daycare centre, where they are horribly abused by the little kids – and after that it’s time for a break-out attempt to find a safe haven, and hopefully a new owner, in a cruel world.

Pixar also revealed the plot for Cars 2. The lead characters are Lightning McQueen and Mater, with a new car thrown into the mix, an Aston Martin named Finn McMissile. According to Empire, Mater is caught up in a case of mistaken identity and becomes embroiled in a huge spy thriller, though nobody believes him.

Let’s move on to Pixar’s other project, The Bear and the Bow (now known as Brave). Pixar announced that Julie Walters is joining the cast an evil witch, antagonizing the 10th century Scottish royal family, voiced by Reese Witherspoon, Emma Thompson and Billy Connolly. The movie will focus on the mother-daughter relationship between Merida (Witherspoon) and her mother, the Queen (Thompson).

Lastly is Disney’s upcoming Winnie the Pooh feature film. It was revealed that the film will mimic the watercolor style of the books and will combine five unfilmed stories as its plot.

Via the fine folks at /Film.


“Tokyo Mater,” Pixar’s first 3D short, premieres Dec. 12th

Disney•Pixar will premiere its first Disney Digital 3-D short film – “Tokyo Mater” – directed by John Lasseter, at theaters nationwide beginning December 12. Appearing before Walt Disney Pictures’ “Bolt,” the animated short is the fourth in Disney•Pixar’s “Cars Toons” series, inspired by the hit 2006 film “Cars.”

In “Tokyo Mater,” a routine tow lands Mater in Tokyo, where he is challenged to a drift-style race against a nefarious gang leader and his posse of ninjas. With the help of his friend, “Dragon” Lightning McQueen, and some special modifications, Mater attempts to drift to victory and become “Tow-ke-O Mater, King of all Drifters.”

2-D computer versions of “Tokyo Mater” will also be available for theaters showing “Bolt” in 2-D.


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CARS 2 release date pushed forward

During today’s Walt Disney Showcase, John Lasseter revealed that the release date for Cars 2 will be pushed forward to Summer 2011, from the previous 2012 release date.

Mr. Lasseter also revealed plot details and how the idea came to him while traveling the world doing publicity for the original Cars. He wondered how Lightning McQueen, Mater and the rest of the gang would react to other countries and the foreign vehicles that inhabit them.

The sequel will answer such a question as Lightning McQueen and Mater go on a worldwide trip where they will no-doubt meet many new friends — all of which you will be able to buy at a toy store near you, just in time for the Holidays! After all, we all know that’s the only reason Pixar is doing another sequel. The original was a HUGE merchandising hit for Disney with products repeatedly selling out.

Also announced was a series of short Cars cartoons cleverly (not really) titled Car-toons… get it? Car…toons… Yea, they didn’t even try. The shorts will air on the Disney Channel and maybe even in theaters before other Disney films.

Discuss: What do you think? Is Cars 2 just an attempt to cash in on merchandising? What other Pixar film do you think would have been a better choice for a sequel? Post your comments and discuss with other readers.

Via Slashfilm


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