Yesterday, at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, Disney-Pixar took the stage to announce its next original animated film Coco followed by an yet untitled ‘suburban fantasy’ film to be directed by Dan Scanlon of Monster University fame.
Speaking to the audience about the film, Scanlon said that it was inspired by a question he’s always asked: Who was my father?
The film, however, will push Pixar into a human-less universe it has never explored. It will be filled with elves, trolls and sprites.
The director joked that the cast of characters was basically anything that would be on the side of a van in the ’70s.
“In the film, we’re going to tell the story of two teenage elf brothers whose father died when they were too young to remember him,” Scanlon said. “But thanks to the little magic still left in the world, the boys embark on a quest that will allow them a chance to spend one last magical day with their father,” he added.
The film is being produced by Kori Rae also of Monsters University which is currently under production at Pixar’s Emeryville campus.
A release date for the film has not been announced yet, though it has three potential release slots that it has previously announced: March 13, 2020, June 19, 2020, and June 18, 2021.