One of the many projects initially announced during the infamous Disney Investor Day in 2020 was Pixar’s “Win Or Lose”, which will be the first-ever original long-form animated series.
“Win or Lose” follows the Pickles, a coed middle school softball team, in the week leading up to their championship game. Each episode offers a look inside the off-the-field life of a character—a player, their parent, the umpire—revealing their funny, emotional and always relatable point of view in a unique visual style.
Initially, the show was announced to be coming to Disney+ in the fall of 2023 but was pushed back until December. However, Disney has announced its lineup for December, and the Pixar series is no longer listed and will no longer be released in 2023.
One of the series’s directors, Carrie Hobson, confirmed on social media an update on the Disney+ release:
We have finished the show and can’t wait to share it with y’all! Will share our new release date very sooooon
Earlier this summer at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Disney showed an episode of the series, which got rave reviews from the audience.
The new series is also directed by Michael Yates and produced by David Lally, who also took to social media to confirm the delay to 2024:
Sorry to keep you waiting! 2024! “…It’s classic Pixar storytelling, full of heart and wonderful characters, but the stylization of the world and the quickness that the narrative unfolds is brand new…And one of the best things Pixar has done, maybe ever.”
No reasons for the delay have been announced, but there could be many reasons for this, as, with the end of the actor’s and writer’s strikes, Disney is having to reshuffle its schedule due to having less new programming available as initially intended.
Disney has recently delayed Pixar’s “Elio” from March 2024 until June 2025, to give the creators more time to work on the film and to focus efforts on “Inside Out 2”, which is due out in June 2024. While Pixar’s “Elemental” was able to slowly get its box office numbers up to nearly $500 million, following the release of “Luca”, “Turning Red”, and “Soul” directly onto Disney+.
I also wonder if Disney is potentially holding the show back until after its animated film, “Wish”, is released in cinemas and wants to encourage people to go see that instead. If Disney starts advertising a new Pixar series, it may continue reinforcing the mindset that audiences can just wait for Disney+.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.