All the original cast from the previous “Toy Story” films, including Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack, are returning for the third film, which picks up with Andy grown up and about the head off to college. The classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale “Rapunzel,” about a girl trapped in a tower whose long golden hair is the only way for anyone to climb up to her, will be released at Christmas 2010.
Chief Creative Officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, John Lasseter made the announcement in New York at a presentation of Disney’s upcoming lineup of animated movies. The Walt Disney Studios previewed 10 animated movies that it will release during the next four years, including further installments in the “Toy Story” and “Cars” series and two new fairy tales. With the exception of “Wall-E” and “The Princess and the Frog” the remaining eight movies will be made in digital 3-D. Pixar movies will be released in 3-D and the traditional two-dimensional format beginnin with ”Up”. Bolt,” the story of a dog of the same name who thinks he has superhero powers. John Travolta gives voice to Bolt while Miley Cyrus is voicing Bolt’s owner Penny in the movie, due to open on November 26. “Up,” the story of an unlikely 78-year-old adventurer and his 8-year-old sidekick, is due to be released on May 29, 2009. “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2” are due to be re-released in digital 3-D on October 2, 2009 and February 12, 2010 respectively, while “Toy Story 3” is due to hit screens on June 18, 2010.