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Pixar wants to release one original film a year, scale back on sequels

Jun. 28, 2013by:

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There's no denying that Pixar has an incredible track record at the box office and with critics but that doesn't mean the company isn't immune to criticism. Some people feel Pixar's newer films have not been as good as some of their previous movies and many aren't pleased with the amount of sequels (or prequels) the animation studio has green light in recent years. Especially CARS 2.

Pixar is of course aware of these complaints and it sounds like they agree with at least some of the issues people may have with the company lately. Pixar president Ed Catmull spoke with BuzzFeed and he assured fans that original films are the most important thing for the company:

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.

Pixar may have made the most money and received the most critical acclaim with their sequels to TOY STORY but it's been their original stuff that has carried them this far. Catmull says the plan is to push forward with more original films and scale back on sequels:

We’re going to have an original film every year, then every other year have a sequel to something. That’s the rough idea.

Lets take a look at Pixar's current upcoming release schedule that was released at the end of last month:

THE GOOD DINOSAUR - May 30, 2014
INSIDE OUT - June 19, 2015
FINDING DORY - November 25, 2015
Untitled Pixar Film about Dia de los Muertos – June 17, 2016
Untitled Pixar Film - June 16, 2017
Untitled Pixar Film - November 22, 2017
Untitled Pixar Film - June 15, 2018

Based on Catmull's comments one of the untitled films in 2017 will be a sequel or prequel (please be THE INCREDIBLES 2, please be THE INCREDIBLES 2) so the other untitled films should be something new and original. Of course things could change four years from now but it does kind of give us an idea of where Pixar stands with their new films.

Pixar has set the bar very high for themselves by consistently releasing fantastic films year after year. So high that even if one of their movies is well reviewed if it isn't universally acclaimed the film is considered a disappointment which is unfair but a problem I bet most studios would love to have. Like I'm sure many of you are I am very happy that Pixar knows that even though fans may love the company's characters and previous films it's their original stuff that excites us the most.

Extra Tidbit: Very interested in seeing how the animation will be presented in Pixar's untitled film about Dia de Los Muertos. Visually it could be amazing.
Source: BuzzFeed

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6:43AM on 06/29/2013

Great

Thanks Pixar, we love you! :-)
Thanks Pixar, we love you! :-)
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5:06PM on 06/28/2013
I like what they're saying here. 1 original every year, 1 sequel every other year. Seems like a good balance.
I like what they're saying here. 1 original every year, 1 sequel every other year. Seems like a good balance.
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4:44PM on 06/28/2013
I'm glad they are waiting for Brad Bird for an Incredibles sequel. I think they were a little comfortable with sequels because of the amazing work they did with the Toy Story story lines. But they overestimated the accessibility of the Cars world, which basically only appeals to little boys playing with toy cars. Originality suits them much better. I definitely don't want WALL-E 2 or FURTHER UP ruining the originals.
I'm glad they are waiting for Brad Bird for an Incredibles sequel. I think they were a little comfortable with sequels because of the amazing work they did with the Toy Story story lines. But they overestimated the accessibility of the Cars world, which basically only appeals to little boys playing with toy cars. Originality suits them much better. I definitely don't want WALL-E 2 or FURTHER UP ruining the originals.
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4:44PM on 06/28/2013

Let's be honest.....

From a business point of view what Pixar are doing makes absolute sense. I for one am more than happy for them to knock out a sequel every couple of years to one of their previous films, therefore guaranteeing big box office due to name alone (Cars 2, Monsters University) if it means they have the money to then make the more original films that could be seen as more of a gamble (Wall-e, Up, Incredibles) which have all been amazing movies! Not all of their sequels have been poor, Toy story 2 and
From a business point of view what Pixar are doing makes absolute sense. I for one am more than happy for them to knock out a sequel every couple of years to one of their previous films, therefore guaranteeing big box office due to name alone (Cars 2, Monsters University) if it means they have the money to then make the more original films that could be seen as more of a gamble (Wall-e, Up, Incredibles) which have all been amazing movies! Not all of their sequels have been poor, Toy story 2 and 3 were fantastic and to be honest everything Pixar has done to date is better than the direct to DVD sequels Disney have been churning out for the past few years! I am hopeful that we will one day see the Incredibles 2 as one of these unannounced sequels but I have a feeling we may not have seen the last of Woody and the gang just yet!
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3:46PM on 06/28/2013
Good to know. There seems to be an overflow of animated sequels these days. Rio 2, Cloudy w/ chance of meatballs 2, Dispicable Me 2,Happy Feet 2, Madagascar 3, etc. Monsters U was a nice surprise, not quite on par with the first but better than a lot of animated films these days.
Good to know. There seems to be an overflow of animated sequels these days. Rio 2, Cloudy w/ chance of meatballs 2, Dispicable Me 2,Happy Feet 2, Madagascar 3, etc. Monsters U was a nice surprise, not quite on par with the first but better than a lot of animated films these days.
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3:18PM on 06/28/2013
Nothing wrong with a good follow up film. The Incredibles could be a series of great adventures. Monster U was a pretty meh film and was not really needed story wise.
But still there's money to be made. It'll probably end up like Cars is now. Pixar does the original and Disney churns out the sequels.
Nothing wrong with a good follow up film. The Incredibles could be a series of great adventures. Monster U was a pretty meh film and was not really needed story wise.
But still there's money to be made. It'll probably end up like Cars is now. Pixar does the original and Disney churns out the sequels.
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1:52PM on 06/28/2013
Sounds good to me. Although, if the sequel or prequel is a good film, I could care less that it wasn't original.

Also, I really enjoyed Brave & couldn't disagree more w anyone saying Monsters U was mediocre or just a rental. Thought it was great.

Lastly, in addition to an Incredible sequel, I'd love to see a EVE solo film w no Wall-E...
Sounds good to me. Although, if the sequel or prequel is a good film, I could care less that it wasn't original.

Also, I really enjoyed Brave & couldn't disagree more w anyone saying Monsters U was mediocre or just a rental. Thought it was great.

Lastly, in addition to an Incredible sequel, I'd love to see a EVE solo film w no Wall-E...
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12:47PM on 06/28/2013

YAY!

Two Pixar films in a year!!

As long as the original ones are just as good as their classics, any kind of sequels in the same year is pure bonus baby! :D
Two Pixar films in a year!!

As long as the original ones are just as good as their classics, any kind of sequels in the same year is pure bonus baby! :D
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12:31PM on 06/28/2013
They've got a better track record than any other studio out there. But Brave and Monsters U have been renters for me. I didn't even bother to see Cars 2.
But this is encouraging.
They've got a better track record than any other studio out there. But Brave and Monsters U have been renters for me. I didn't even bother to see Cars 2.
But this is encouraging.
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11:53AM on 06/28/2013
Glad they're going to still be working on original concepts. As for The Incredibles. That one depends on if Brad Bird is ready to revisit the Parr family.
Glad they're going to still be working on original concepts. As for The Incredibles. That one depends on if Brad Bird is ready to revisit the Parr family.
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11:47AM on 06/28/2013

Sequel Season

I have a feeling that starting with "Finding Dory", November will be their go to sequel release dates and June will stay their original film release dates.

And actually i could go for a sequel to A Bug's Life. If the first one was "Seven Samurai" then the sequel could be Yojimbo or Ran. Alot of possibilities there without stepping on too many toes about how it woun't live up to the orginal
I have a feeling that starting with "Finding Dory", November will be their go to sequel release dates and June will stay their original film release dates.

And actually i could go for a sequel to A Bug's Life. If the first one was "Seven Samurai" then the sequel could be Yojimbo or Ran. Alot of possibilities there without stepping on too many toes about how it woun't live up to the orginal
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11:35AM on 06/28/2013

The Incredibles, besides Toy Story, is the only Pixar film that warrants a sequel

The fact that Cars and Monsters Inc. has gotten a sequel before The Incredibles still baffles me. Hopefully, these more original projects have the emotional depth and adult themes Pixar is known for mastering.
The fact that Cars and Monsters Inc. has gotten a sequel before The Incredibles still baffles me. Hopefully, these more original projects have the emotional depth and adult themes Pixar is known for mastering.
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11:26AM on 06/28/2013
A newspaper where I am ran an article last week asking "has Pixar lost its touch"? If this is the route they're going, then I don't think so. There's a fair bit in their upcoming slate that inspires confidence: The Good Dinosaur, Inside out and the Dia de los Muertos movie all sound like they have potential and seem like good ideas that can be expanded on. I actually am looking forward to Finding Dory too, seeing how good the first film was and how Dory was a character who could easily have
A newspaper where I am ran an article last week asking "has Pixar lost its touch"? If this is the route they're going, then I don't think so. There's a fair bit in their upcoming slate that inspires confidence: The Good Dinosaur, Inside out and the Dia de los Muertos movie all sound like they have potential and seem like good ideas that can be expanded on. I actually am looking forward to Finding Dory too, seeing how good the first film was and how Dory was a character who could easily have come off as annoying but was endearing instead. I would have liked to see "Newt" come to fruition, it's a shame they had to can it on account of being too similar plot-wise to Rio.
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10:53AM on 06/28/2013
The only movie of theirs I'm interested in seeing a sequel to is THE INCREDIBLES (which I've been begging for since it came out). So knowing that they want to focus on original material is a relief. Hopefully most of it is better than BRAVE, which was a fine movie but not up to Pixar's astronomically high standards.
The only movie of theirs I'm interested in seeing a sequel to is THE INCREDIBLES (which I've been begging for since it came out). So knowing that they want to focus on original material is a relief. Hopefully most of it is better than BRAVE, which was a fine movie but not up to Pixar's astronomically high standards.
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10:43AM on 06/28/2013

Whew

Pixar is an island on a sea of stupid studio decision. They are our last hope.
Pixar is an island on a sea of stupid studio decision. They are our last hope.
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10:39AM on 06/28/2013

I'll still give Pixar the benefit of the doubt

I'm not a fan of the CARS movies, and MONSTERS UNIVERSITY looks mediocre, but BRAVE was only a disappointment compared to Pixar's previous films. I'll still be buzzed for any Pixar film, which is more than I can say for any other studio.
I'm not a fan of the CARS movies, and MONSTERS UNIVERSITY looks mediocre, but BRAVE was only a disappointment compared to Pixar's previous films. I'll still be buzzed for any Pixar film, which is more than I can say for any other studio.
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10:39AM on 06/28/2013

FINALLY!

A studio with some sense and respect for the audience!
A studio with some sense and respect for the audience!
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