– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Image via Disney/Pixar

Image via Disney/Pixar

There’s no denying that Pixar is the home to countless animated classics. From Toy Story to Finding Nemo and Wall-E, there’s no shortage of good, tear-jerking content to wade through. Many fans have lamented the fact that, in recent years, Pixar has resorted to making sequels to films no one asked for — Cars 2 and Monsters University are probably the biggest offenders there — all the while ignoring one film that simply begs for a sequel: The Incredibles.

Writer/director Brad Bird stepped into Pixar, made a couple solid flicks, and then jumped into live-action directing, putting out such movies as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Tomorrowland. It seemed like he’d potentially be on track to stick to live-action films for the rest of his career. But about a year ago, on the heels of Tomorrowland’s disappointing release, it was announced that The Incredibles 2 would be hitting theaters on June 21, 2019, nearly fifteen years after the first film’s release.

Normally, any updated on an animated film would be to say that it’s pushed back. Animated movies are notorious for getting delayed — especially at Pixar, as the collaborative process over there is brutal and unforgiving. They’ll break a story down and rebuild constantly,and when all said and done, there are some stories that are broken done disturbingly late in the process. However, this is NOT the case today (at least for one film). 

Variety is reporting that The Incredibles 2 will actually hit theaters on June 15, 2018, over a year earlier than it was originally slated. Not sure what’s going on over there, but from that announcement, we can assume that the development on the film is going quite well.

The same can’t be said for Toy Story 4. Not only is this a film that many Pixar fans are nervous about — as Toy Story 3 was a perfect capper to the trilogy — but now it it sounds like Toy Story 4 is getting moved back from its original June 15, 2018 release date. So in essence, The Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4 simply swapped dates. While this spells good news for The Incredibles 2, we’ll see if this shows a lack of faith in Toy Story 4, but it’s not too comforting that it was originally slated for June 16, 2017. That means if it keeps its current date, it will have been pushed back over two years from its original date. 

Regardless, Pixar isn’t usually in the business of a releasing a film before it’s ready, so if the film turns out to be a good one, you can consider that time well spent.

What do you think of this schedule change? Are you excited to see The Incredibles 2 hit theaters a year early, and are you worried about Toy Story 4 getting pushed back yet again? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Variety

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.