Which Sequel Is Pixar Planning to Develop?

     May 13, 2013

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Pixar took some big chances from 2007-2009.  Ratatouille starred a rat (not a cuddly animal), WALL-E spent its first act in a quiet and abandoned Earth, and Up had a geriatric as an adventure hero.  They’re all great movies, and none of them came close to matching the $1 billion worldwide pulled in from Toy Story 3 (it’s worth noting that of the 2007-2009 movies, only Up was in 3D).  And while Cars 2 grossed only $559 million worldwide, its merchandising sales were probably through the roof.  These movies and have hopefully put enough into the company’s coffers that they can have the creative freedom to pursue the original features The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out, and the Untitled Dia de Los Muertos movie.  The sequels will begin again in November 2015 with Finding Dory, and it looks like a sequel to another Pixar movie might be in the works.

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toy story 3 posterOn a recent conference call with shareholders, Disney CEO Bob Iger said the following [via Bleeding Cool]:

On the animation front, Pixar continues to create great value for our company too. We are very excited about Monsters University which opens next month. Pixar’s slate of films for the next five years includes fantastic original stories as well as some great sequels to their previous hits. And as we recently announced, we are in production on one of those sequels, Finding Dory, featuring Ellen DeGeneres once again as the voice of Dory, one of the most beloved characters from Finding Nemo which was one of the most popular and profitable movies to date.

The key phrase is “one of those sequels”.  It’s possible Iger means Planes, but Planes is a spin-off and it’s not from Pixar.  Of everything Pixar has, Toy Story 4, seems the likeliest candidate.  Back in 2011, Tom Hanks said the studio was working on it, the franchise is the most successful of Pixar’s work, there’s plenty of room for more stories, and it can generate the merchandising dollars of Cars (or close to it) without carrying the stink of those movies.  Personally, I’d love to see The Incredibles 2, but that feels like director Brad Bird‘s baby whereas Toy Story has always belonged to the whole studio.

I’m glad Pixar is about to break their sequel streak, but I also acknowledge that their owner, Disney, is a business, and that there is some give and take.  Hopefully, the upcoming slate original features will be as daring as the 2007-2009 movies.


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  • Bob

    If there is any Pixar movie that should get a sequel its The Incredibles. Still to thid day my favorite Pixar movie next to the Toy Story trilogy. Its the perfect movie for a sequel imo and Im sure most eould agree with me.

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  • JK1193

    As long as they don’t touch Ratatouille, WALL•E and Up, I’ll be okay with whatever Pixar decides to do always

    • Guy Smiley

      I’d be OK with them not revisiting Cars again, but for much different reasons.

  • Santiago

    Toy Story 3 ended perfectly. The sequel might be amazing but I’d honestly prefered as of now that they left the franchise alone.

    • Dean Kish

      You are right it did end perfectly… so maybe a spin-off sequel… Using other toys in another house…

  • Rockslide

    The only sequel I want is the Incredibles. Toy Story was awesome and should stay where it is. I’d rather have Pixar kicking out risky new ideas than rehashing old safe ones.

  • Bob

    Damn it, Pixar. Put all your sequel ideas on hold for about 5 years and get back to making original films again.

  • Reina

    AHHH their original films are the BEST. I honesty think it would give them huge brownie points if they did a quality original film every year. They would be known for it and everyone would know to look forward to it.

  • doesanyoneproofreadgoldberg?

    Goldberg. When he said “one of those sequels” he wasn’t talking about anything else directly but FINDING DORY. The full quote he said “as we recently announced, we are in production on one of those sequels, Finding Dory, featuring Ellen DeGeneres ” Stop trying to act like you are so clever, speculating on other sequels such as Planes, when the person clearly told you what “one of those sequels” is. The actual key phrase is “as well as some great sequels to their previous hits” Does anyone proof read your work besides yourself?

    • shadypotential

      shut the fuck up. please

      • youlackpotentialinlife

        I’m sorry you are a fan of bad writing.

      • shadypotential

        damn how i switch screennames like that?

      • Onlylosersdotheirbest

        That’s you best?

      • shadypotential

        shit i wanna know.

  • doesanyoneproofreadgoldberg?

    though i agree that Incredibles 2 would be awesome possum!

  • Tony Starks

    Personally I would love to see The Incredibles 2 or a Pixar throwback A Bug’s Life 2

  • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

    I’m glad they are going to originals, but Brave didn’t fare too well. I just want GREAT films sequel or not.

    Funny how that sentence about Disney implies that Pixar was never a business and never had to “give and take”. Really?

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  • MpearsonD

    The Pixar Experience…a journey through time.