I think that this is the first post that I made that was solely about Pixar on this blog. Well, I heard the news late last night about Toy Story 4, and……………….I am VERY mixed on the idea overall.
When Toy Story 3 came out, we were told that it was the end of the series, and that they wanted to go out with a bang, as he people who were little kids in 1995 and 1999 (when the first 2 films came out), they would be teens or grown adults when the last film came out, so that sense of nostalgia and leaving your childhood message would connect to the audience who grew up with this film. We all thought that this was brilliant.
I am going to stay optimistic about this film, since it is Pixar, but I just have a bad feeling about this. What would be the plot of the film? Would they continue the cycle they used of Andy on Bonnie? I just do not know. I think I would not be so agitated if it was not for another issue I was having with the studio itself.
So the photo above shows the 14 films that were released in their canon so far. Let’s start in 2010 (where many think that Pixar’s peak ended), and focus from then to now. The films released in that time are Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave, and Monsters University. Notice anything?……………………………………..3/4 of those films are sequels. Isn’t that a bit weird? Many thought that Cars 2 was unnecessary (probably because its predecessor was the least popular film at the time, and easily the weakest), and none of us really saw why they needed to make Monsters University (especially because in the first film, they state that they have known one another since at least Grade 5, but nonetheless). The reception of Cars 2 put everyone into a wreck, and Monsters University is seen as one of their weaker films (though it is still good).
What is in their future lineup?
Inside Out is coming on screen in June of next year. I have my own doubts about that film, but it is an original film.
The Good Dinosaur was supposed to come out in June of this year, but was pushed back to late next year. Again, and original film. Looking good, right?
We have Finding Dory, which many of us were very curious and felt a way that Finding Nemo was getting a sequel…………..because the story was rapped nicely in the first film, but when we were told the film is about Dory, people were a lot easier on the film. It is coming out on June of 2016.
There is (or at least was) a Dias de los Muertos film in development, but there has been nothing new released about it for the past 2 years…meaning it might be cancelled.
There were rumors about a sequel to Cars and Cars 2 last year, but it was an April Fools joke made by Rotoscopers.com (still not over that), but Pixar officially announced that they will make another sequel to taunt us to their merchandise franchise, which no one has high expectations for in the spring of this year. But we also got the announcement that there is FINALLY a sequel to The Incredibles in the works.
So we had 3 sequels so are in the 2010s, and looking at their future output, we will have 4 more sequels released throughout the rest of the decade. So we have 4 future sequels, and 2 (maybe 3) original films. If people were not saying it before, they will for sure be saying that Pixar is suffering from…………….
There is literally going to be a sequel to ever single film in the canon, but A Bug’s Life (poor film is just being more and more forgotten), Ratatouille, Brave, and Up. And……let’s be real…………..three out of these films (all but Brave, which I would not be shocked by if the DP film got a sequel eventually) are extremely hard to market, so there will most likely not ever be a sequel to these films.
But this is not really Pixar’s fault. The animated genre is too scared of a creative project turning into a financial failure, so these companies continue to release sequels so they can guarantee revenue for their companies. This is how film in general is like nowadays. It is a sad trend, and it really is killing creativity in these films, reusing the same thing over and over again, where originality is dying out. But this is Pixar, so they will always have effort and originality, and risks in their output………..right?
What do you think of this?