Upon their release, the originals of each of the three movies brought in hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide and helped solidify the Disney-Pixar collaboration as the future of animation.
And now fans are being rewarded for being patient, as Finding Nemo 2, Monsters Inc. 2 and Toy Story 4 have all been officially greenlighted and are in different stages of pre-production or production, according to recent reports.
That news capped a series of recent news bits about upcoming Pixar films, as the world learned last month via Tom Hanks (the voice behind the toy cowboy character Woody in the Toy Story films) that Pixar has reportedly greenlit Toy Story 4 for production, according to the BBC. The film is the latest installment in what has become one of the most successful franchises in animated film history.
According to DisneyMoviesList.com, this project is currently still in development. We do know that Tom Hanks, Michael Keaton and Joan Cusack will be providing voice work, and Toy Story 4 is expected to be released sometime in 2015. To the youngsters awaiting it's release, that probably sounds like infinite -- and beyond.
Toy Story 3 made more than a billion dollars globally and earned Pixar and Disney an Oscar in the process.
Monsters Inc. 2 is also on its way to being released, nearly guaranteeing hundreds of millions more in profits, as the original film was a huge hit in worldwide box offices, becoming the fourth-most successful Disney-Pixar joint release of all time.
The new film is officially called Monsters University, and it appears that it is the furthest-along of the three films, as a trailer was released last month offering a sneak peak into the upcoming film.
The film is expected to be released on June 21, 2013, and it will star Billy Crystal and John Good man as voice actors, according to DisneyMoviesList.com.
Click play below to watch a trailer video for Monsters University: