As a fictionally famous scientist once said, more as a warning than a promise, “Life finds a way.” The same or similar idea applies to Disney-Pixar and the relentless desire and/or drive to leave no piece of intellectual property, even one as beloved by multiple generations as the Toy Story series, unexploited, regardless of the risks involved. The potential billion-dollar upside was simply too much for any profit-oriented movie studio to pass up. At least that’s what the average cynic would say, especially given the toyetic nature of the Toy Story series and a third, presumably final chapter, Toy Story 3, that seemed to end the series on the highest of high notes. Luckily, any fears or concerns about a potentially disappointing fourth entry don’t apply to Toy Story 4, an unreserved, unqualified triumph of story, character, and animation. It’s an all-ages appeal with more than simple, surface-deep pleasures but a film that will join the Pixar pantheon as both a series and a studio best. (more…)
John Lasseter, the man behind the hugely successful series of Toy Story films has decided to step down from his position as director of Toy Story 4 to make room for some new blood. Josh Cooley has taken over the direction of the fourth film in the series though Lasseter will remain on board as an executive producer.
Pixar has been returning to the well and chumming out sequels to the films that built the animation studio to the powerhouse it is today. After releasing the sequel to Finding Nemo (Finding Dory), Pixar has plans to release sequels to Cars (Cars 3), The Incredibles (The Incredibles 2), and also the one that started them all, Toy Story (Toy Story 4) in the upcoming years. Originally Toy Story 4 was planned for a June 2018 release date, but now it has been pushed back.
Disney is well-known for driving their franchises right to the bank. If they can make a sequel to a movie, chances are they will. And nowhere is this more prevalent than among their Pixar films. So prepare yourselves for another dose of movies that you may or may not care about with this D23 Expo poster reveal. Scroll on to see the first imagery being used to promote Cars 3, Toy Story 4, The Incredibles 2 and Finding Dory. (more…)
Franchises don’t end, they just go on hiatus. To prove that once again, Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios are going back into the vault and developing a new film based on some fan favorite characters. Or maybe we mean toy box. Yes, just four years after the release of the last movie, and nearly 20 years after the release of the first one, Toy Story is coming back to a theater near you. In a surprise announcement, Toy Story 4 has been set for a 2017 release under the direction of Pixar founder John Lasseter. Who else is involved, and how Toy Story ended up back on the studio’s radar, is revealed below. (more…)
Pixar is a powerhouse studio, and not only among animation houses. Ten of their 14 film have Rotten Tomatoes’ ratings above 90%, and their first flop – not that a 74% RT score or being the sixth highest grossing film of the year makes you a flop – was Cars. So even when they fail, they fail far better than most movies ever dream of succeeding. It was only when the studio made a sequel to their lowest rated film did their mass appeal drop dangerously low with Cars 2‘ 38% RT score. And sadly, since then films like Brave and Monster’s University haven’t recaptured that universal love.
Some say Pixar is suffering from sequelitis, spending too much time retreading old characters and stories with a succession of sequels: Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Monster’s University, and the announced Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory. To be fair, only four of their 14 released films have been sequels, but most have happened recently, and those last two weren’t very well received. I find Toy Story 2 and 3 to be the rare exceptions where the films actually improved as the series progressed, with Toy Story 3 easily being one of the best films of the past five years. But, when you set the bar soooo high, eventually you’ll stumble, right?
Okay, enough of me waxing on about Pixar and how great they are, or were and how they’ve been slipping from their perch in recent years. Ed Catmull, President of Pixar – which must be, like, the best fucking job in the world – has heard the outcry for a return to original films and tone back on the number of sequels the studio produces.
Speaking with Buzzfeed, Catmull said,
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.
We’re going to have an original film every year, then every other year have a sequel to something. That’s the rough idea.
This fits nicely with what know of Pixar’s slated upcoming releases: The Good Dinosaur (2014), Inside Out (2015), and Finding Dory (2015). There’s also the recently released dates for a whole slew of unannounced Pixar projects for June 17, 2016; June 16, 2017; November 22, 2017; and June 15, 2018. You can see a pattern emerging. /Film‘s Germain Lussier seems confidant that 2017 sequel will be Toy Story 4, but I’d like to dream we may finally see an Incredibles 2.
Are you happy to hear Pixar hasn’t forgotten about focusing on the original films that brought the studio such acclaim? Which of their films do you believe deserve sequels?
Source: Buzzfeed via /Film