Disney has reportedly changed up its release schedule, swapping dates for two hotly anticipated Pixar Animation Studios sequels. The Incredibles 2 will now land in theaters June 15, 2018, while Toy Story 4 will come out to play June 21, 2019.
Director Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, Ratatouille) is returning to the helm for The Incredibles 2. The original 2004 film, which was also written by Bird, scored the Best Animated Feature Oscar, multiple Annie Awards (including Best Feature, Directing and Writing) and the BAFTA Children’s Award for Best Feature. The superhero story was also a box office hit, grossing over $630 million worldwide ($260M+ domestically) and boasting the second-biggest animated opening ever at the time of its release.
Toy Story 4 is being directed by franchise originator John Lasseter and co-directed by Josh Cooley (Riley’s First Date? short), with a story conceived by the first film’s original writing team of Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich. The last installment, Toy Story 3, debuted in 2010 and raked in a record-breaking $1.067 billion worldwide — making it the first animated movie to pass the milestone.
(Disney’s Frozen and Zootopia, Pixar’s Finding Dory, and Illumination’s Minions have also passed the billion-dollar mark since then.)