It's finally here: The full lineup of Disney Pixar's films and their release dates until the year 2019. And, perhaps not-so-surprisingly (given their track record), the newly announced schedule features a whole lot of sequels. In fact, four of the six films for which the dates have been released are sequels.
So, what are the release dates Pixar revealed? According to Variety, The Good Dinosaur, an original film, is set to come out November 25, 2015, Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo, will premiere June 17, 2016, Cars 3 will come out June 16, 2017, Coco, another original film, premieres November 22, 2017, Toy Story 4 makes its debut June 15, 2018, and finally, The Incredibles 2 will be released June 21, 2019. Phew.
Now, while I'm excited to know when the long awaited Incredibles 2 will hit the big screen, as well as Toy Story 4 (whhhaaattt?!), I can't help but also feel a little like something's missing. Like, say, a sequel to Brave? Or WALL-E?!
Need more proof? Here are a few Pixar films that totally deserve sequels:
I'll always stand behind WALL-E as the most committed film in Pixar's history. And for good reason: WALL-E's take on a post-apocalyptic earth where the people are sick and the planet is covered in trash has more criticisms about current societal issues than it does adorable shots of WALL-E's sad robot eyes (and trust, there are a lot of those). It's been seven years since the film debuted, but it's portrayal of earth's diminished future, would be an interesting theme to circle back to, and I imagine will stay current for years to come.
2. Up (2009)
Up's adventurous spirit and larger motifs serve as brilliant backdrops for any Pixar movie. I mean, the friendship between Russell and Carl? The flashbacks of Carl and his wife? The talking dog, Dug? It's all too much. Which is another way to say that it's one of the best movies of all time, animated or otherwise. Good ideas for a sequel would include either one, Russell as an adult, doing some sort of homage to Carl or two, a flashback to Carl and Ellie's life before Up. (Both ideas feature me heavily sobbing at some point.)
If you're sick of hearing about how good Inside Out is, then you might want to skip this paragraph, because I'm about to tell you how good Inside Out is. Pixar's newest film was so emotionally raw and resonant, that I'm still convinced it wasn't actually about my life. The film's writers know all too well how to absolutely break your heart, but more importantly, they have the skills necessary to put it back together. I have to admit that a sequel might be hard to achieve for this particular scenario, but I would be down to spend another 102 minutes watching personified emotions do, well, emotional things.
A Bug's Life was basically a lesson in empathy, right? I mean, what better way to teach children how to care about those less fortunate than them than to show them what it's like to be a bug? It's been almost 20 years, but I'd still be interested to see where Flik and the gang have ended up. Also, special shout out to the voice actors in this film: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kevin Spacey, Phyllis Diller, and Hayden Panettiere, just to name a few. Bring 'em back, I say!
Though Ratatouille mightn't have seen the kind of success as some of it's predecessors (monetarily-wise), that's not to say it didn't have all the fixings of what makes an animated movie worth remembering. The simple, contradicting premise of a rat that just happens to be the best chef in Paris was layered with remarkable sentiments about the creative process in general. Who wouldn't want to see a reprisal role of Remy, maybe this time trying to make it New York? The possibilities are endless.
6. Brave (2012)
As the first Pixar movie to solely revolve around a female character, of course I'm going to call for a sequel in this one. Merida was a boss. Hands down. I'd love to see her get older, maybe have a daughter, and basically rule the world. Yeah, that sounds about right.
I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens. I mean, it did take The Incredibles 15 years to get their sequel, and Vulture did report that two unannounced Pixar films are scheduled for 2020. So maybe these ideas (poorly disguised as actual requests) aren't so crazy after all.
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