Pixar Will Revisit ‘The Incredibles’ and These Other Films
The Disney-owned, beloved animation studio Pixar said Tuesday that a sequel to The Incredibles and a third Cars film are both currently in the works. The announcement was made on Pixar’s official Twitter page after Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed the plans at a shareholder meeting in Portland, according to a report from Variety.
In the past Pixar has shied away from making sequels, but it recently seems more willing to embrace the concept. Both Toy Story sequels were well received, as was the sequel to Monsters Inc., Monsters University, which was released last summer. The first Cars was released in 2006 and the sequel came out in 2011.
The decision to make a third Cars installment came as a bit of a surprise, considering the second movie was not very well received, garnering just a 39 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics felt that the movie was visually appealing but lacked the superb storytelling for which Pixar is known. But the movie did make more than $191 million domestically and $560 million worldwide during its run in theaters and refreshed interest in Cars-themed merchandise. Hopefully the storyline for the third installment will be an improvement that loyal Pixar fans can get behind as well as kids who love the franchise no matter what.
It was confirmed that original Incredibles writer and director Brad Bird has signed on to make a sequel to the 2004 film about a family of superheroes trying to deal with maintaining a normal family life while having superpowers. Bird worked on The Simpsons before joining the Pixar team and also directed the Pixar flick Ratatouille. The Incredibles has a 97 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is considered by many to be a modern animated classic, as well as one of Pixar’s best films.
It’s not known for sure when those films will be released. Pixar has some other sequels on its plate, including the second installment to the Cars spinoff Planes titled Planes: Fire and Rescue due out in July, as well as the highly anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, in 2016.
Pixar’s newest non-sequel film, The Good Dinosaur, is set to be released on Thanksgiving. The movie is about an Apatosaurus named Arlo who befriends a boy named Spot. The movie boasts an all-star voice cast, including Neil Patrick Harris, Francis McDormand, and John Lithgow.
While Pixar’s sequels have been moderately well received for the most part, as the studio sets an incredibly high standard for itself, none of them have quite reached the level of the first movies in the series. Even so, The Incredibles is such a beloved film that fans have been calling for a sequel for ten years. Perhaps Bird can pull off the rare feat of making a sequel better than the original.
The response to the announcement on Twitter showed that fans are excited for another Incredibles film but less so for a third Cars. Given the talent employed by Pixar, it might not be too much to hope that the third Cars is better than the second. One thing is for certain: Both movies will stir interest in their respective merchandise and make money for Disney even if they flop with critics and at the box office.
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