Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, revealed in a shareholders meeting today a whole bunch of exciting Disney/Pixar news which is of great interest to us fans. Firstly, sequel films to the Pixar films The Incredibles and Cars are on the way. Secondly, Frozen is very close to becoming the most successful animated film of all time. Thirdly, the events in Star Wars: Episode VII will take place many years after the end of Episode VI – Return of the Jedi — and it will feature “familiar faces” among its lead actors. Read on for all the deets.
Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger disclosed Tuesday that Pixar is working on a new Cars movie and a new Incredibles film. He also said Frozen is close to surpassing Toy Story 3 as the biggest animated film of all time, and that the next Star Wars movie will take place 30 years after the events in 1983′s Return of the Jedi. “There will be some very familiar faces along with a trio of new young leads,” Iger said of Star Wars on Tuesday during Disney’s annual shareholder’s meeting in Portland, Oregon … On Tuesday, Frozen was at $1.027 billion worldwide while Toy Story 3, first released in 2010, earned $1.063 billion, and Iger was confident the former would pass the latter very soon. Iger showed the assembled a new trailer for Maleficent that is set to be released today and scenes from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and he raved about both of those upcoming movies. Iger spoke of “an unprecedented pipeline” that includes a live-action Cinderella in 2015.
And Disney just keeps on printing their own money. I’ve always felt that The Incredibles might benefit from a sequel film. Like the Toy Story films, The Incredibles is a film that resonates with children and adults pretty equally. If done right, and we know that Pixar does these things right, Incredibles 2 could be really interesting. I’ve never been a fan of the Cars movies but I understand little kids love Cars and Cars 2. Making a third movie just makes sense financially. I’m really surprised that Frozen is such an insanely popular film. I liked it very much but I don’t think it’s better than Toy Story 3. That said, only every person on Earth has seen Frozen multiple times so I guess all of that popularity adds up. The Star Wars talk has me worried but only because I want the new film to be as close as possible to the original trilogy of films rather than the newer trilogy of films. At this point, it’s far too soon to know what to freak out about so … on that front, I’ll just wait and see. It’s clear the the Walt Disney Corporation is doing very well these days. I have no doubt that it will continue to do well for many, many years to come.