I wanted to separate my thoughts from the announcement post. I had searched through the Untitled PIXAR Film threads, but didn't find one with this director. Unless a previous director was usurped, I don't think there was a previous thread for this? Feel free to make your own thread and merge this with it, Sotiris (or you can simply add logo / concept art to the opening post, if you want).
I was feeling excited for PIXAR after Luca and Turning Red, but this feels like a blast from the past (in the worst ways) going by the story details. A buddy roadtrip mostly focused on worldbuilding a weird concept (replace animals in Zootopia or emotions in Inside Out with elements) more than anything else. On top of that, why would they give the people behind The Good Dinosaur another film? That movie was terrible, one of their absolute worst. I'm not saying they should never work again, but maybe as co-director with others before they get a chance at their own movie again?
Hopefully I'm still correct that the future PIXAR films will be worth looking forward to--just, aside from this one.