Pixar’s Finding Dory may be one of the best-reviewed movies of the year so far, but that doesn’t mean that Pixar hasn’t been taking a lot of flack for their recent reliance on sequels. They are also planning to release three more sequels over the next three years: Cars 3, Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles II. In fact, the only original Pixar project that currently has a release date is Lee Unkrich’s Coco, the Dia de los Muertos-inspired mystery. However, Pixar wants to reassure fans that their current spate of sequels is mostly due to serendipity and that there are plenty of original movies in development. As it stands, they have no more sequels planned after 2019 and they have no intention of following up on movies like Inside Out, Ratatouille or Wall-E. Pixar president Jim Morris had this to say about the current situation:
“Everything after Toy Story and The Incredibles is an original right now… Pete Docter [who directed Inside Out] has an original idea for his next film. Brad Bird, being the director of Ratatouille, is working on The Incredibles and we haven’t really spoken about [a sequel to Ratatouille]. And WALL-E is close to my heart since I produced it. It would be good to back and visit that world and let everybody know that the humans actually survived again after getting back to their burnt-out planet. But that was really a love story that had its beginning, middle, and end, so we’re not really planning any further stories in those worlds at this point.”
He goes on to clarify that their business model is director-driven, so they never make a sequel unless the original filmmaker has an idea that they want to move forward with. In this case, they just happened to have a lot of directors coming up with sequel ideas all at once. Either way, I think we can agree that sequels are not inherently bad, but lately even some of their original films have been somewhat uninspired which may explain why there has been so much criticism. What do you think, is it a good thing that Pixar will be cutting back on sequels in the near future? Are there other Pixar movies you actually want to see get a sequel?