It was back in 2014 that Disney and Pixar finally confirmed they were making a sequel to The Incredibles. In late 2015 we learned it wouldn't hit theaters till June 2019, a full
hundred 15 years after the iconic original. Solace is here, though, as the official release date has been bumped up a year, to June 15, 2018.
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The casualty in this lovely twist of fate is Toy Story 4. The follow-up to 2010's beloved threequel is being bumped back a year, taking the June 21, 2019 date The Incredibles 2 formerly inhabited. Which is totally fine; Toy Story 3 made for a perfect trilogy, and we did already live through the 11-year wait for that one. What's interesting, though, is that Tom Hanks said he was already recording dialogue for Woody a year ago.
No reason has been given for the release date switcherino.
The Incredibles 2 director Brad Bird gave an update back in August, saying, “Hopefully it’s the same characters and feel, but going in a new direction. I mean, that’s the trick with a sequel. It’s repeating yourself, without repeating yourself.”
Pixar started out as a sequels-light studio before Toy Story 3 ushered in a new era that brought Cars 2, Monsters University and Finding Dory. After TS4, The Incredibles 2 and next summer's Cars 3, Pixar plans to make solely original films for a good while. 2017 will mark their second time dropping two films in one calendar year, when Coco hits in November. (2015 saw Inside Out in June and The Good Dinosaur in November.)
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