El Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, which takes place every year around Halloween and All Saints’ Day, is a Mexican holiday involving colorful shrines, sugar skulls, and a joyous but reflective celebration of those who have left this mortal coil before us. It’s also the subject of an upcoming Pixar animated movie due in 2015, as John Lasseter announced at CinemaCon.
Lee Unkrich, who directed Toy Story 3, will helm this one, and Darla K. Anderson, who has produced most of the studio’s greatest hits, will assume that role. Unkrich’s involvement in a project like this is particularly of note, as the director has said before at RottenTomatoes that his favorite movie is The Shining, and Blue Velvet is in his top five. With a film opening itself to plenty of imagery involving skulls, the undead, etc., we can’t help but wonder if Unkrich will channel his inner Kubrick (does this make him a Stanley stan?). In his first solo turn in the director’s chair, Toy Story 3, Unkrich dealt with some pretty heady themes and somewhat disturbing-for-a-kids’-movie moments (a sadistic teddy bear, the toy gang almost getting incinerated), so there’s always a chance to expand upon that.
Pixar’s much-hyped upcoming jam, Brave, which tells the story of a young princess and aspiring archer looking to make her mark on the boys’ club of ancient Scottish society, opens in theatres June 22nd. Other films in the pipeline include Monsters University, a prequel to Monsters Inc. showing Mike and Sully in their college days (June 2013) and The Good Dinosaur, which takes place in a world where dinosaurs never met their fiery asteroid demise (May 2014).