Pixar has just unofficially announced (to some of their higher up employees who I am in contact with) that, starting in 2015, they will begin to recreate the classic 2-D films put out by the Walt Disney Animation Studios since 1937. According to my extremely reliable source from high-up at Pixar, these features will begin production after Pixar finishes its current slate of films which include Up, Toy Story 3, newt, The Bear and the Bow, Cars 2, and, maybe, A Bug's Life 2.
The animation studio will release their rendition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on a tentative date of around June 29, 2016. The studio will then release one Disney animated classic remake on an average of once per year. The list moves on to Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, and Cinderella; all the way through Lilo & Stitch. It is not yet known how far Pixar is planning to go on the long list of Disney's animated features, but, if they go on to finish all of their remakes, they will end up with 42 feature films by 2058!
This is very, very exciting news! Everybody loves Pixar's wonderful animation and storylines, and, when mixed with the nostalgia and classic premises of Disney's numerous animated features, the results should be fantastic!
This new set of films by Pixar are being led by John Lasseter, who is one of the most influential people in both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. He believes that "combining the existing magic of the Walt Disney Archives and past animated classics with the creative minds and technology available at Pixar, the sky is the limit." He also believes that this will usher in a "new era of both animation and movies in general" as "audiences around the world re-experience the movies of their childhoods, but with the unique feel of a Pixar production".
I can't wait for 2016 when the first film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (no word yet on whether or not Pixar will change the title), comes out of this wonderful new Pixar plan!