Double Trouble: Pixar Cuts Down On Sequels

In a bid to produce original content, animation studios Pixar have announced that they will not helm sequels on a priority basis.
In a bid to produce original content, animation studios Pixar have announced that they will not helm sequels on a priority basis.

‘Monsters University’ might have raked decent box-office figures and is definitely one of the highest grossing films for Pixar animation studios. However there are some concerns over making sequels for this subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios. 

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Pixar has been the pioneer in the animation industry having churned out successful films like ‘Toy Story’, ‘Cars’, ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘Wall-E’ and taking animation to the next big level.

The sequels of ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Cars’ have also been immensely rewarding and as one awaits the much anticipated sequel to ‘Finding Nemo’, which shall make its way out to theatres in early 2016, Pixar claims that they will be no longer working on a priority basis to helm sequels of their successful films.

The emphasis is to create new and original content and Pixar is quite serious about making at least one original film a year.

Pixar Animation Studios, President, Ed Catmull says, “For artistic reasons, it’s really very important that we do an original film a year.”

The idea is not to leave the loved, favourite characters and the stories behind, but to come back with it every alternate year.

“Every once in a while we get a film where the people want to see something continuing in that world. They want those characters, which means we are successful in making them. But if we keep doing that we aren’t making original content,” he added.

Pixar currently has several new ventures lined up which include, ‘The Good Dinosaur’, ‘The Inside Out’ releasing in 2014 and 2015 respectively and another ‘Finding Dory’, the regular sequel slated for a 2016 release.

With this strategy in mind, Catmull plans to get back on track as Pixar for a while has been facing a slump in the market. DreamWorks Animation has been walking with the bigger piece of cake (read market share).

While surely, this will be an adventurous ride in itself, watching new characters and stories evolve, audiences will be eagerly waiting to see ‘The Incredibles’ back again on the silver screen. Patience is the key!