Pixar Animation Plans to Pull Back on Number of Sequels Produced
One of the more prominent complaints about Pixar Animation over the past few years is their sudden fascination with revisiting their films by way of sequels. The animation house stationed at Disney has always produced stellar original work, but some fans feel that their efforts in the sequel department, with the exception of Toy Story, haven't been up to usual quality standards. It sounds like Pixar has been listening as a recent conversation Pixar's presdient Ed Catmull had with BuzzFeed indicated that they will significantly scale back the number of sequels that go into production and focus more on original ideas.
Here's what Catmull had to say about scaling back sequels and getting back to original films:
"For artistic reasons … it’s really important that we do an original film a year. Every once in a while, we get a film where we want or people want to see something continuing in that world — which is the rationale behind the sequel. They want those characters, which means we were successful with them. But if you keep doing that, then you aren’t doing original films.”
Remember, Catmull is also the president of Walt Disney Animation, so he'll have plenty of opportunity to make sequels elsewhere. The good news is that this mentality at Pixar already seems to be in effect because over the next couple years, Pixar only has their Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory on the docket for 2015. And the good news is, that will also mark the first year that Pixar releases two films in the same year. Their film Inside Out, which is said to take place within the mind of a young girl, will arrive in the summer of 2015. Catmull says this might become standard practice for Pixar, "We’re going to have an original film every year, then every other year have a sequel to something. That’s the rough idea.”
That likely means they won't do a sequel just because it's that time, but only if it feels absolutely necessary. After all, there have been rumblings about a Toy Story 4 (though we think the last film ended the series perfectly) and Brad Bird has been thinking about how to get a sequel to The Incredibles just right. In the meantime, the next Pixar film is another original production called The Good Dinosaur. Bob Peterson, the co-director of Up, is at the helm of this promising feature which will hit theaters next summer on May 30th, 2014. Stay tuned for more updates on all things Pixar. Good news?