ByMark Newton, writer at
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Mark Newton

If you take a look at Pixar's filmography you see a whole truck load of original titles. However, in more recent years we've seen more and more sequels creeping in. First, we had (the admittedly brilliant) Toy Story 2 and 3, then the less brilliant Cars 2, and most recently the relatively brilliant Monsters University. Sure, it's only four sequels, but with the announcement of Finding Dory, some avid animation enthusiasts have become concerned Pixar might be relying too much on big blockbuster sequels.

Well, Pixar President Ed Catmull has arrived to quell these fears with some lovely reassuring words. It seems we're going to get the best of both worlds, yes, they'll be sequels, but there will also be twice as many original movies. He explained:

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.

It seems Pixar have already put this schedule into motion. This year we got the prequel to Monsters Inc., next year we're due an original film (The Good Dinosaur), followed by another original (Inside Out) and a sequel (Finding Dory) in 2015. Disney have already locked down the release dates of Pixar movies all the way up to 2018. We can expect Pixar movies on June 17, 2016; June 16, 2017; November 22, 2017; and June 15, 2018. With two movies hitting theaters on 2017, it looks like we'll get another sequel in that year. Could it be Toy Story 4 perhaps?

What do you think? Does this sound like a good plan? Or are you not too fussed about lots of Pixar sequels? Let us know below.


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