A decade after the titular superhero family of "The Incredibles" donned their spandex suits to save the day, Disney announced that its animation studio Pixar is working on a sequel to the Oscar-winning movie.
The sequel was announced by Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger during the company's annual shareholder meeting in Portland, Ore. Iger also revealed that Pixar is planning a third movie in the popular "Cars" franchise.
Written and directed by Brad Bird, "The Incredibles" tells of a superpowered-family living in a world where superheroes have been banned from fighting crime. Craig T. Nelson voices the super-strong patriarch, Bob Parr, a.k.a. Mr. Incredible, who misses his old life and relishes any chance to return to action.
He soon finds himself embroiled in a good old-fashioned supervillain plot, along with his stretchy wife (Holly Hunter), invisible daughter (Sarah Vowell) and speedster son (Spencer Fox).
"The Incredibles" won the Academy Award for animated feature in 2005, as part of an impressive run in which Pixar claimed that award six of eight times between 2003 and 2010.
Iger said Bird "is already working on a great story" for the "Incredibles" sequel.
"Cars," directed by John Lasseter and released in 2006, is set in a world populated by anthropomorphic automobiles and other vehicles.
Although it met with somewhat unimpressive reviews and ticket sales, at least by Pixar standards, "Cars" sparked a licensing bonanza of themed toys, apparel and other merchandise, which has brought in billions of dollars. The 12-acre Cars Land attraction at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim has also proved popular.
In addition to "Cars 2" in 2011 and now the planned third installment, "Cars" also spawned the DisneyToon-produced spinoffs "Planes" and "Planes: Fire & Rescue."
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