2011 Animation Preview
Many consider Cars to be the weakest Pixar feature, so it will be interesting to see how this one fares compared to the original and other Pixar films. It also marks the first Pixar sequel other than Toy Story. John Lasseter shares directing duties with Brad Lewis, who was a producer on Antz and Ratatouille. In this new film, Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) joins the international racing circuit with Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) as his pit chief. Through their globetrotting they get wrapped up in international espionage in a case of mistaken identity. New additions to the voice cast include Michael Caine, Jason Isaacs and Emily Mortimer. The most cynical out there are saying this is being made to cash in on the merchandising bonanza the original film created. But this is Pixar and whenever expectations are lowered even a tad on them, they have a track record of blowing those expectations out of the water.
Could this be the last hand-drawn theatrical feature for Disney? After the disappointing performance of The Princess and the Frog and the huge surprise amount of success for the CG princess tale Tangled, some are speculating so. Additionally, Winnie the Pooh skews very young, possibly too young for the current box office climate, which might not help the case for more 2D features. But that doesn't have anything to do with the film. Based directly on The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne and Return to the Hundred Acre Wood by David Benedictus, the five stories have never been adapted before. Stephen J. Anderson (Meet the Robinsons) and longtime Disney story artist Don Hall are the directors. John Cleese is narrating with Jim Cummings voicing Pooh and Tigger, Craig Ferguson as Owl, Tom Kenny as Rabbit and Bud Luckey as Eeyore.
Shrek's Puss in Boots gets his own feature film. Antonio Banderas returns to voice the swashbuckling feline in this prequel to Shrek 2. Shrek the Third helmer Chris Miller is driving this production, which includes the voice talents of Selma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis as Humpty Dumpty. Details are known yet, but Hayek's Kitty will be Banderas' love interest, while Humpty tries to gather up all the golden eggs of one very famous goose.