Pixar’s First-Ever Disney+ Original Series is Un-Canceled

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Despite multiple outlets believing it was canceled, Win or Lose, the first-ever animated series created by Pixar Animation Studio, has received an official release window.

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Originally founded by Steve Jobs and later purchased by the Walt Disney Company, Pixar is easily one of the most critically acclaimed film studios of all time. Not only have they won more Academy Awards than any other animation studio, but almost every movie is something the entire family can enjoy.

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Pixar has taken animation to the next level, with classics like Toy Story (1995), Finding Nemo (2003), Inside Out (2015), Coco (2017), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Up (2009), WALL-E (2008), and Ratatouille (2007). And that’s not even mentioning their more modern hits, like Onward (2020), Turning Red (2022), Soul (2020), Elemental (2023), and Luca (2022). Pixar doesn’t just make great animated movies; they make great movies, period.

While the studio has plenty of beloved animated films, the iconic studio has never made a completely original television show. However, fans of Disney animation learned that was going to change with the announcement of Win or Lose.

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Pixar’s first long-form original series, Win or Lose, tells the story of a middle school softball team named The Pickles from the perspective of eight different people as they get ready for the big championship game. Produced by David Lally and written/directed by Carrie Hobson and Michael Yates, the show stars Will Forte, Rosa Salazar, and Milan Ray.

Needless to say, fans have been excited for the series ever since it was announced in 2020. However, the road to release was much more difficult for Win or Lose than you’d think.

‘Win or Lose’ Was Believed To Be Canceled

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Pixar releasing its first-ever series on Disney+ seems like a sure thing. After all, Pixar is one of Disney’s most important studios, and it seems like it’d be easy to put your own product on the streaming service you own. However, Disney has had a difficult journey over the past few years.

Initially revealed at Disney’s Investor Day in 2020, excitement quickly built for the new series. However, times became difficult for Walt Disney Studios and Pixar during the COVID-19 pandemic. Movies weren’t bringing in nearly as much money as previous titles in the year before, like Avengers Endgame (2019). Needless to say, Disney was nervous.

This, combined with a perceived drop in quality, led to multiple films bombing at the box office, including Strange World (2022) and Pixar’s Lightyear (2022). When numerous movies failed to meet financial expectations, like Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023) and Elemental (2023), Disney CEO Bob Iger seemingly put a stop to the sheer amount of content being released by Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and Pixar Animation Studio.

At the time, this seemed to include Win or Lose, despite it being featured in the Disney+ teaser for 2023, which also included Loki (2022-2023), The Mandalorian (2019-present), Ahsoka (2023), Secret Invasion (2023), and numerous original films. Originally slated to release in December 2023, the show was erased from the slate, prompting many entertainment publications to decree that the show had been canceled.

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While Disney and Pixar initially put the blame on original stories instead of franchises, this opinion quickly shifted when Elemental began to pick up steam, significantly surpassing its budget and becoming one of the most successful films of the year.

Suddenly, Pixar telling original stories was back on the docket, so long as it was spread out with already successful franchises. Now, it looks like fans of the beloved studio have nothing to fear since Win or Lose has been put back on Pixar’s release schedule.

Pixar’s First Disney+ Original Series Coming Soon

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A recent story from The Wrap revealed that Pixar’s Win or Lose wasn’t ultimately canceled as so many people thought but simply pushed to 2024. This was later confirmed by series director Carrie Hobson, who Tweeted, “We have finished the show and can’t wait to share it with y’all! Will share our new release date very sooooon.”

While the show hasn’t received a specific date, it has been assumed that it will be released sometime in the Spring, filling in the slot taken initially by Elio (2025). Elio has since been pushed to June 13, 2025.

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If Win or Lose keeps this time frame, it will be released in the same year as Inside Out 2 (2024), a sequel to one of Pixar’s most popular films. It looks like the series will be able to hold its own with the movie, especially since there have been reports that audiences at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival erupted in applause at a showing of an episode.

This is an exciting update for fans of Pixar and animation in general. With all the news of animated programs and movies being cut or removed from platforms, it’s refreshing to see that one highly-anticipated program will not be the same fate. If this does well, we’ll hopefully see more original programming in the future.

What has you most excited about Pixar’s Win or Lose? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments down below!

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