Newsbites: The Pixar edition!

1. Rumours of a sequel to Monsters Inc. (2001) have been circulating for months now, ever since a Pixar staffer clicked on a blog devoted to Pixar while Googling the terms “monsters 2013 pixar” back in January. (Actually, the rumours arguably go back even further, to an interview that Monsters Inc. director Pete Docter gave last summer in which he said he could “neither confirm nor deny” that a sequel was in the works.) Now comes word that Disney officially revealed the existence of this film-in-the-making to potential buyers at last week’s Licensing Expo — and while the buyers were sworn to secrecy, some of them apparently couldn’t help themselves. Docter, who also directed this year’s Up, is reportedly going to direct the new Monsters Inc. as well. — Jim Hill

2. If you look very, very closely during a certain scene early on in Up, you can catch a glimpse of one of the new characters that has been created for Toy Story 3, which is due in theatres next summer. — MTV Movies Blog (x2), Upcoming Pixar

3. The 3-D versions of the first two Toy Story movies (1995-1999) will be released as a double feature for a “special limited engagement” in October. Disney was originally going to release the first movie in October and the second movie in February, but they are now going to release the 3-D version of Beauty and the Beast (1991) in February instead. Toy Story 3, also in 3-D, will come out June 18, 2010. —

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • emilyestep

    i really, really look forward to the monsters inc sequel. i feel it is one of the more underrated pixar movies. i certainly would put it in my top 5 pixar movies. the whole concept of it is brilliant.

  • Geosomin

    #D beauty and the beast. Cool!
    Now if they'd just rerelease nightmare before christmas in 3D now that we have a 3D theatre…