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John Lasseter says no to a Marvel/Pixar team-up

Apr. 28, 2011by: Niki Stephens

When Disney bought Marvel, there were hopes from some that we would see a sweet crossover. Well, if you ask John Lasseter, that isn't going to happen.

Personally, I think that Marvel needs some films to rival what DC animated has going on right now. I've heard that some of the Hulk animated films are good as well as the series, WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN.

So what were Lasseter's thoughts on a possible Marvel/Pixar team up?

IGN: There's always fanboy chatter about how they'd love to see Pixar take on a Marvel project. Have there been any real talks of doing that? There's been a lot of rumors.

John Lasseter: No, Pixar, we are -- Disney has been great. Bob Iger is phenomenal. I'm Chief Creative Officer of Disney Animation as well, and with Pixar it's like, "Keep doing what you're doing, guys." It's a filmmaker-driven studio. All of the ideas come from the filmmakers themselves. Working with the filmmakers on ideas.

IGN: So there probably wouldn't be any kind of chance of seeing that kind of team-up then?

Lasseter: No, not at Pixar. We have The Incredibles, so we've done superheroes here ourselves and so we have that kind of history with Brad Bird doing The Incredibles.

Extra Tidbit: Any Marvel animated films I should see? I think the last thing I saw was THE ULTIMATE AVENGERS.
Source: IGN

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7:14PM on 04/29/2011

this is a key factor in Pixar success

--->"It's a filmmaker-driven studio. All of the ideas come from the filmmakers themselves. Working with the filmmakers on ideas."
--->"It's a filmmaker-driven studio. All of the ideas come from the filmmakers themselves. Working with the filmmakers on ideas."
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8:18AM on 04/29/2011
It might be cool, but the expectations would ruin it. My dad and I have been dreaming about an Advent Children-level animation for superheros for a while.
It might be cool, but the expectations would ruin it. My dad and I have been dreaming about an Advent Children-level animation for superheros for a while.
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1:23AM on 04/29/2011
Meh, I'm kind of Marveled out. There's been so much coming from them in terms of films that I am getting kind of tired and bored. They are, essentially, the same kind of film, only told a little differently. We always start with the origin story and then move on to the villain of the film. Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed the Spiderman, Xmen, and Iron Man movies. But there's just been so much that I'm just not as enthusiastic. I can't even say I'm excited for Thor or Cap Am much like I was for
Meh, I'm kind of Marveled out. There's been so much coming from them in terms of films that I am getting kind of tired and bored. They are, essentially, the same kind of film, only told a little differently. We always start with the origin story and then move on to the villain of the film. Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed the Spiderman, Xmen, and Iron Man movies. But there's just been so much that I'm just not as enthusiastic. I can't even say I'm excited for Thor or Cap Am much like I was for Ironman 2 last year.
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6:24AM on 04/29/2011
Thats what I dig about the new Xmen film. You got the superpowers but set in a complex realistic situation.
Thats what I dig about the new Xmen film. You got the superpowers but set in a complex realistic situation.
11:25PM on 04/28/2011
This is some of the best news I've heard. Well, not really, I hadn't been contemplating it at all...but if I had, then this would've been some of the best news I've heard in a while.
This is some of the best news I've heard. Well, not really, I hadn't been contemplating it at all...but if I had, then this would've been some of the best news I've heard in a while.
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10:39PM on 04/28/2011
Hulk VS Wolverine is the best 35 minutes or so of animation EVER in the genre. The Hulk VS Thor is very underwhelming, however. Dr. Strange is also an excellent Marvel animated film.

Pixar should stay separate from Marvel. Let them stay on the kiddie track and let Marvel do their own thing.
Hulk VS Wolverine is the best 35 minutes or so of animation EVER in the genre. The Hulk VS Thor is very underwhelming, however. Dr. Strange is also an excellent Marvel animated film.

Pixar should stay separate from Marvel. Let them stay on the kiddie track and let Marvel do their own thing.
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10:23PM on 04/28/2011
HULK VERSUS is the best followed by PLANET HULK. the rest are sub-par if i remember correctly
HULK VERSUS is the best followed by PLANET HULK. the rest are sub-par if i remember correctly
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10:20PM on 04/28/2011
Well I want to know when Bird is going to stop wasting his time with Tom Cruise and get working on The Even More Incredibles. That film is so good it's got to get a sequel. If he can come up with a worthwhile story I would love to see some more of Iron Giant too. Would be fun to see where the giant came from, for instance.
Well I want to know when Bird is going to stop wasting his time with Tom Cruise and get working on The Even More Incredibles. That film is so good it's got to get a sequel. If he can come up with a worthwhile story I would love to see some more of Iron Giant too. Would be fun to see where the giant came from, for instance.
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9:11PM on 04/28/2011
Maybe Lasseter is playing safe with this one, can't blame the guy for saying "Pixar has to keep with the originality business". But think about it, a team-up would be sweet! I would pay mad dollars to watch whatever they come up with on IMAX.
Maybe Lasseter is playing safe with this one, can't blame the guy for saying "Pixar has to keep with the originality business". But think about it, a team-up would be sweet! I would pay mad dollars to watch whatever they come up with on IMAX.
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8:06PM on 04/28/2011
Why say never? I mean seriously. I get not making Disney force it on them. Thats a given. But to shut the door on the idea completely sounds dumb to me.
Why say never? I mean seriously. I get not making Disney force it on them. Thats a given. But to shut the door on the idea completely sounds dumb to me.
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7:58PM on 04/28/2011
Good news, let Pixar keep doing their thing. If people want to see an animated Marvel movie, get Disney animation to do it. I rented Tangled last week on blu-ray out of curiousity, and no joke it has some of the best animation/piture quality I've seen from Pixar or any other studio, and the story was good too.
Good news, let Pixar keep doing their thing. If people want to see an animated Marvel movie, get Disney animation to do it. I rented Tangled last week on blu-ray out of curiousity, and no joke it has some of the best animation/piture quality I've seen from Pixar or any other studio, and the story was good too.
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1:04AM on 04/29/2011
Tangled was from Disney Animation, not Pixar. The animation supervisor was Glen Keane, son of Family Circus creator Bil Keane and John Lasseter's mentor at Disney.
Tangled was from Disney Animation, not Pixar. The animation supervisor was Glen Keane, son of Family Circus creator Bil Keane and John Lasseter's mentor at Disney.
7:50PM on 04/28/2011
Oh no, Pixar wants to stay original and not do a movie based on comic book movies!

For a bunch of people that always complain about lack of originality, I'd hope that movie fans can see that Lasseter saying no can only be a good thing.
Oh no, Pixar wants to stay original and not do a movie based on comic book movies!

For a bunch of people that always complain about lack of originality, I'd hope that movie fans can see that Lasseter saying no can only be a good thing.
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7:48PM on 04/28/2011
Keep Disney out of Marvel as much as possible.
Keep Disney out of Marvel as much as possible.
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7:03PM on 04/28/2011
I like Lasseter, but even he has to realize that Brad Bird borrowed heavily from Marvel to make The Incredibles. So he really shouldn't be saying never.
I like Lasseter, but even he has to realize that Brad Bird borrowed heavily from Marvel to make The Incredibles. So he really shouldn't be saying never.
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11:23PM on 04/28/2011
I don't think he's denying that. But most super-hero movies follow the same formula.
I don't think he's denying that. But most super-hero movies follow the same formula.
8:22PM on 04/29/2011
Ha. Borrowed heavily? What does that even mean? Stories about people with superpowers and strength were around long before Marvel.
Ha. Borrowed heavily? What does that even mean? Stories about people with superpowers and strength were around long before Marvel.
6:55PM on 04/28/2011
The Hulk vs. Thor/Wolverine DVD from a few years ago is easily the best animated release from Marvel. Disappointed though, I would love to see what they could do with some Marvel properties.
The Hulk vs. Thor/Wolverine DVD from a few years ago is easily the best animated release from Marvel. Disappointed though, I would love to see what they could do with some Marvel properties.
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6:55PM on 04/28/2011

What a Prick

Comparing The Incredibles to a Marvel Animated movie. They are filmmaker driven? I didn't know people that made movies for 5 year olds were so prestigious as filmmakers.
Comparing The Incredibles to a Marvel Animated movie. They are filmmaker driven? I didn't know people that made movies for 5 year olds were so prestigious as filmmakers.
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7:05PM on 04/28/2011
They make movies for all generations and at this point, Pixar is really the only studio in Hollywood that keeps originality their most important buisness factor.
They make movies for all generations and at this point, Pixar is really the only studio in Hollywood that keeps originality their most important buisness factor.
8:20PM on 04/29/2011
From the thumbs down, just come to the conclusion you are wrong. Accept this. You are wrong.
From the thumbs down, just come to the conclusion you are wrong. Accept this. You are wrong.