Disney Pixar just unveiled Win or Lose – an all-new, original Pixar series.
The show is Pixar’s first attempt at a long-form TV series, all about a softball team… and while it looks as though it’ll have all the usual Pixar charm, it also has a deceptively simple premise:
“It’s about a team called the Pickles in the run-up to the championship game,” said co-creator, Michael Yates, who developed the upcoming show alongside Carrie Hobson.
Up to bat at #D23Expo: a FIRST LOOK at Pixar’s all-new Original series Win or Lose, with Will Forte as Coach Dan.
From filmmakers Michael Yates, Carrie Hobson, and David Lally, Win or Lose comes to @DisneyPlus in 2023! pic.twitter.com/UoZTIpbhR7
— Pixar (@Pixar) September 10, 2022
Will Forte stars as Coach Dan – the Pickles team coach who keeps this rag-tag team of misfits all together. Each week, the show will focus on an individual character, with audiences learning about them and how they might be feeling.
And one of the highlights is Frank the Umpire.
Frank is a middle-school teacher who’s trying to get back into dating but also happens to be a softball umpire. Attendees at Disney’s D23 expo were shown a brief clip of Frank getting his very own meet-cute with a local barista as he nervously orders a soy latte. But while he tries to ask her out, it becomes clear that she just isn’t interested in him.
Thankfully, his friends are ready to rally around to cheer him up.
Win or Lose looks set to be more than just a sports show, with individual characters providing much of the emotional core of the series.
Cue a sizzle reel set to the soundtrack of We Will Rock You and it looks as though Win or Lose is onto a winner. Let’s hope the Pickles take home the championship. We’ll certainly be cheering them on from the sidelines.
Want to find out what else was announced at Disney’s D23? Check out the new Hocus Pocus 2 trailer as well as details about Mufasa, the upcoming Lion King prequel. You can catch up on everything else that was announced at D23’s Disney and Pixar Studio Showcase with our roundup here.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.