Bad news for anyone looking for “Inside Out 2” or any Pixar sequels for that matter. Pixar has announced that they will no longer produce sequels and instead put all their efforts on original works.
Its upcoming films “Cars 3,” “Toy Story 4,” and “The Incredibles 2” will be the last batch the studio will produce for the moment. Definitely disappointing for some but good for fans of the animation studio as a whole.
According to The Independent, the move is likely a jab at other studios that pump out sequel after sequel. This includes Disney, Pixar Animation Studio’s parent company which has been cashing out on the Marvel franchise.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Pixar’s president Jim Morris stated that their business model is a filmmaker’s model. He also added that they don’t make a sequel unless the director of the original film has a new idea that they like and are willing to go forward on.
Morris continued that after most film studios jump on doing a sequel as soon as they have a successful film. But they do not want to do that anymore.
In contrast, the animation studio’s parent company Disney is currently being swamped with reboots. “Right now, we’re focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort,” said Disney CEO Bob Iger.
They are currently working on a reboot of the Indiana Jones franchise. They plan to bring him back and reintroduce the archaeologist to a new audience, then figure out what comes next.
With hits such as “Ratatouille,” “WALL-E,” “Inside Out,” and much more worth doing sequels of, the studio’s decision to put a hold on sequels is upsetting. Many of those who have seen their movies have waited for a sequel up until adulthood.
While there are sequels that were made for monetary gains alone, some do deserve a continuation. Hopefully, they reconsider their decision and give deserving movies a sequel.
For the meantime, we can all enjoy original films from Pixar from now on. Who knows, maybe “Inside Out 2” comes a decade later and your kids can pay for themselves.