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Disney announces sequels to The Incredibles and, yes, Cars

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Following up on last year’s announcement that Pixar would be adopting a “one and a half” policy toward releasing one wholly original movie for every half-baked Monsters Unpaid Internship sequel, Disney’s Bob Iger announced today that at least two of those upcoming sequels will be Cars 3 and The Incredibles 2. The former was probably to be expected: Despite few leaving the first Cars saying, “I wish we could have spent more time with that Larry The Cable Guy truck,” Cars 2 was still a huge hit, it spawned Planes and the upcoming Planes: Fire And Rescue, and it furthered a franchise that could see spin-offs centered on all manner of anthropomorphic vehicles, from boats to trains to the Rascal scooters we’ll all be driving by the time the Cars property is finally depleted.

But The Incredibles 2 is something of a surprise, seeing as it’s been Pixar’s most vocally longed-for follow-up, and director Brad Bird has said as recently as last summer he would only do it if he had the right story. According to Iger, Bird finally seems to have found that story—or, at least, the financial impetus to develop it already—as the Incredibles 3-D re-release, announced just yesterday, will be followed at some yet-to-be-determined date by a sequel.


Meanwhile, Iger preceded these updates to Disney shareholders by noting that Frozen is on track to surpass Toy Story 3 as the highest-grossing animated film of all time. So you can probably also expect a Frozen 2 announcement soon enough.