Pixar Says It Will Put the Breaks on Sequels, Will Produce Good Films Once Again
Don't worry, lovers of good things. Pixar will no longer sell out with a series of sequels. At least, that's what the studio is telling press following the success of Monsters University (and the failure of Brave), which made many fear we were headed for a future filled with Cars 56 and Up: Carl and Ellie Play Bingo.
After all, Pixar has beefed up its sequel storytelling in recent years — though the studio, renowned for its almost universally loved original films, produced just one sequel in its first 15 years, Pixar churned out three sequels (and only one original film) in the last three years. But Pixar claims, despite rumors of an Incredibles sequel, it is only committing to one other sequel, Finding Dory, a follow-up to 2003's Finding Nemo.
Says Pixar President Ed Catmull to BuzzFeed, “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's next original movie, The Good Dinosaur — which wonders what would have happened if dinosaurs never became extinct — will hit theaters in 2014. With the exception of Finding Dory, Pixar has five other films in development, which are said to also be originals.
Seems things for Pixar are looking way, way Up again.