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Pixar preparing for next film

'WALL-E' believed to be about young robot

Pixar is building a robot for 2008.

Disney-owned toon studio’s release next year, titled “WALL-E,” is believed to be about a young robot looking for a home in outer space.

Andrew Stanton, who won an Oscar for directing “Finding Nemo” and co-directed “Toy Story 2,” is helming.

Former Lucasfilm Digital prexy Jim Morris produces. Project is his first since he joined Pixar in early 2005.

Though rumors — some accurate, some not — about “WALL-E” have popped up online in the past few months, Mouse House confirmed details about the pic for the first time Thursday in an unusual way — via CEO Robert Iger’s letter to shareholders at the front of the 2006 annual report.

“WALL-E” will be released June 27, 2008.

Toon studio is extraordinarily tightlipped about its upcoming projects, but it is known to be working as well on “Toy Story 3,” most likely as a 2009 release. Disney was developing “Toy Story 3” inhouse but abandoned that effort after acquiring Pixar in late 2005. As part of the deal to install John Lasseter and Ed Catmull as the heads of Disney Animation, Mouse House agreed to let Pixar produce the third installment.

This June, Pixar releases its eighth film, “Ratatouille.”

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