If it's crap ... We'll tell you
For anyone who knows anything about Pixar, it's that they like to keep their movies fun and entertaining, but also original. Unlike most animation studios, Pixar is one that doesn't like to repeat itself and likes to enter theaters every year with something fresh and new.
However, lately, Pixar has been making random sequels out of their movies. When Toy Story 3 came out, I didn't think there was anything weird about it. After all, people had been asking for a third Toy Story for the past decade and we finally got one. It was great and I don't think the trilogy could have been wrapped up any other way.
But I'm a little judgemental about Pixar's next film. It's another sequel, obviously. But of all the great Pixar films that everyone knows and loves to for Pixar to make a sequel to, they picked their LEAST beloved film to do it on. I am, of course, talking about Cars 2. While I'm still excited to see it (IMAX 3-D and all), I have a few questions about this whole thing.
Why a Cars 2? The people at Pixar are intelligent enough to know what it's audience does and does not feel comfortable with. Cars, although still a pretty good film, isn't what the world is "dying to see". I sorta get why they would make a sequel to Cars, because the original didn't end in a way that felt like it should only be one film!
If you think about it, there are tons of other routes that Cars could have gone down on, and so this new sequel goes down one of these many routes, but in a more revved-up and exciting way as I imagine from seeing the trailer. Movies like Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, and Up tie up all loose ends in one single movie, so there is no need for a sequel to those movies.
And, although still worried, I accepted the fact that Pixar was making a Cars 2 of all things, and decided to hope for the best when it came out. But then, I heard about what Pixar was doing for their 2013 film: a PREQUEL to Monsters Inc! I really like Monsters Inc. and I think that it's on the higher end of Pixar's animated line-up, but it's so original and pure of heart, I wonder why there needs to be a prequel to it! There doesn't!
So, once again, I ponder over why in the hell Pixar is making franchised sequels out their films left and right. Then I noticed something and came up with a theory!
If you notice, every Pixar film from Monsters Inc. on has been nominated for the Best Animated Feature award at the Oscars. Six times Pixar has actually won it! The films that have won the Oscar incluse Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, and Toy Story 3.
Now here is the list of Pixar films that DIDN'T win the Oscar: Monsters Inc. and Cars. Both of these films are being turned into sequels! In my opinion, I believe that since the original films didn't win the Oscar, Pixar is making sequels to them in the hopes of getting them nominated for Best Animated Feature and winning the damn thing the second time around!
Also, if you notice, Toy Story and Toy Story 2 didn't win the award because it wasn't around at the time (though I'm sure they would have if the award did exist), but Toy Story 3 got it! It took three tries, but finally Toy Story is Oscar-winner. Maybe that is partly Pixar's motivation for making a third film.
And with all these sequels and the possibilities of my theory, I just have to ask WHAT'S NEXT FROM PIXAR?!!! Should we expect A Bug's Life 2 sometime in the future?! Should we know that as long as it doesn't win the Best Animated Feature award, Pixar will try to top it again with a sequel?! Or worse! If Cars 2 doesn't get an Oscar, should we be in danger of having to deal with Cars 3?!
As much as I love Pixar, I sure as hell hope not.
Well,I got one word for you to consider: DISNEY
Go back into the history of Pixar and see where they briefly had their own freedom from Disney and when they merged back into 1 umbrella, then look at the history of announced prequels/sequels. I'm fairly sure you'll see a conncetion somewhere.
I read somewhere that Cars has generated over 2 billion dollars in merchandising EVERY YEAR since its release.
Like MDS said, Disney probably wants them to make that.Besides, Pixar's a company as well, and that extra money they're gonna keep making off this movie is gonna go to other movies.
BWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAHAHAAHAHAAAAA....oh shit, you're serious?!?
Adam, Pixar is NOT a seperate entity anymore. Pixar IS Disney. It is run, controlled and now more than half the staff is FROM Disney.