Pixar Hot for Senior Citizen Pic

After focusing on a French rat this summer, and a lovable robot named Wall*E in 2008, the folks at Pixar will give us a movie about a 70-year-old man who fights various animals and villains in 2009. Time magazine reveals that the studio’s follow-up to next year’s Wall*E will be Up, which will be directed by Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc.) and co-director Bob Petersen (Finding Nemo writer) and will be released on June 12, 2009.

Penned by Ronnie Del Carmen (story supervisor on Finding Nemo), the movie is described a ‘coming-of-old-age story about a 70-year old man who lives in a house that looks like your grand-parents’ house smelled.’ Our hero also befriends a clueless young Wilderness Ranger and gets into ‘lots of alter kocker altercations.’ He travels the globe, fights beasts and villains and eats dinner at 3:30 in the afternoon.

The summer of 2008 may very well belong to Pixar’s follow-up to Ratatouille, WALL*E. Directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo), the feature will center on a post-apocalyptic Earth, where humans have left the planet for better places, while sanitation robots are left to clean up our mess. Former Lucas alumnus Jim Morris is producing the feature.

The article has a few morsels about Pixar’s Toy Story 3, set for a 2010 release. Director Lee Unkrich (co-director on Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo) says, ‘We got an idea we thought would be really great’we’re just staring to write the story. I wake up every morning hoping for a eureka moment.’ The good news is that Randy Newman will be back to do the movie’s score.

Meanwhile, the folks at Disney Animation Studios are working on the canine star caper American Dog (directed by Chris Williams) to be released in 2008 and the 2D animated feature The Princess and the Frog (directed by Ron Clements and John Musker) in 2009. Also in the pipeline is a retooled version of Rapunzel, directed by Glen Keane and Dean Wellins.