Pixar Animation Plans to Pull Back on Number of Sequels Produced

June 28, 2013
Source: BuzzFeed

Pixar Animation

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?

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  • Chase
    This probably means that the sequel everyone actually wants (The Incredibles 2) isn't going to happen. Regardless, I am still excited for new, original material.
    • Greg dinskisk
      I thought the sequel everyone wanted was Ratatouille 2!!!!
      • MattPeloquin
        I believe it would be called Rata2uille ;o)
        • Greg dinskisk
          Hah niiiice! Made me lauuugh! By the way, judging by my 'down vote,' someone doesn't understand sarcasm. Sigh.
          • mooreworthy
            An extra "up" vote for effort from me.
          • Greg dinskisk
            Hey, thanks!! Same to you good sir! UP VOTES FOR YOU, FOR YOU, in fact... UP VOTES FOR EVERYONE!!!! *Oprah moment*
  • Xerxexx
    So much for Incredibles least we got Cars 2...*sigh*
    • mooreworthy
      That's the only squeal I ever wanted from Pixar. To see the children take up the mantel and see the dawn of next generation of heroes.
      • Xerxexx
        Yeah Incredibles did not deserve a sequel!
    • Akirakorn
      And Planes!
    Damn It All. Pixar Studios has really effed up lately. They make three sequels we kind of didn't want, and just when THE INCREDIBLES 2 looked like it was going to happen they wisen up?! Tsch. Dreamworks FTW.
    • Gendry
      Not sure if serious.
    • Xerxexx
      So far Dreamworks as been releasing some pretty decent movies...Pixar has been falling flat lately.
      • DAVIDPD
        • OfficialJab
          I feel like too many Disney executives might be getting their hands in them. I wouldn't know, but I'd like to be a fly on the wall when the bear plot of Brave was pitched. Pixar is at their best when the films are more auteur driven. Just about anything is, within reason I guess.
  • Thank god. I'm really tired of sequels and I'd like them to get their creative juices flowing again. Cars 2 and Mosters University left me disappointed for the most part and I have no interest in Finding Dory...
    • OfficialJab
      I feel like that one may be the exception. I didn't even like Cars 1, there's no way I'm ever seeing 2. I might see MU one day, but I'm not excited.
    • Akirakorn
      Agree on Cars 2 and Finding Dory, but Monsters University was good. It just didn't have the kind of "heart" the first one did. The Blue Umbrella short film they showed before the movie was excellent too.
  • David Banner
    $$ Billions at the box office, $$ Billions on home video, $$ Billions on toys and merch. Yeah, right, no more sequels...
  • WOA247
  • Derek
    Perhaps Pixar have got cold feet after Spielberg's timely warning about Hollywood imploding. At least one studio's got ears to listen. I mean just look at the landscape : how many more Superman sequels, Iron Man, X-men, Transformers, etc, etc, etc, etc. Not to mention another 3 Terminators. Hollywood is slowly self-destructing. When the implosion comes you can thank their moronic accountants who have not one creative bone in their bodies. Are comic book heroes the only subject matter ? What happened to the human race ?
  • Randall
    Just because many in the online film buffs category want an Incredibles 2 does not mean that EVERYONE wants an Incredibles 2. The moviegoing population, especially for Pixar films, is much larger than film buffs, and economically, I can see why they aren't rushing to make it. Plus, hate to say this, the first one wasn't considered to be that great to many, many people, including myself.
  • Mutemax
    The sequel that I want to see is A bug's life 2, to me its one of the better pixar films even though it was retelling of different story( which alludes me ) but its still a good film great voice acting, awesome animation, but I'm always game for a fresh new pixar movie.
    • Fidel Reyes
      I agree that it's one of the better Pixar films, actually I think it's the most unappreciated and overlooked Pixar film there is.
  • Very good news
  • croniccris
    hells ya good news! I think always wanting to do something new is good and limiting the sequels will make them more special in a way too! So I say go for it.




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