The surprises keep coming at the Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios panel at D23 Expo, where chief creative officer John Lasseter invited Monsters University director Dan Scanlon on stage to make an announcement. The announcement? The upcoming feature film that’s in production at Pixar Animation Studios! After we took a moment to cry tears of joy, we found the following out about the upcoming project:
Dan Scanlon will be directing the film, and it’s based on a personal story. Scanlon lost his father at a young age, so he never really knew him or heard his voice. He explained to the audience that one day a relative sent him and his brother an audio tape that they thought might have his father’s voice on it. It turned out that the tape only contained a brief moment of his father saying one word. But it meant the world to Scanlon and his brother. Scanlon said, “I have always wondered who my father was and how I’m like him—that question became the blue print for this movie.”
Scanlon said the movie would take us on an adventure set in a “suburban fantasy world” that is a mix of the fantastic and the every day. It’s a world with no humans—only elves, trolls, and sprites. He also reveal that there would be unicorns everywhere, which we are completely on board with. Scanlon also revealed:
“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. 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.”
Just hearing about the story behind this film made us tear up in the Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios panel. We know it’s going to be beautiful, and we can’t wait to see more.