There is nothing worse than having your favorite movie ruined by bad sequels. Unfortunately it happens, and sometimes keeps happening over and over to the same series. Here are 3 kids' movies that were ruined by sequels and 2 that could be heading that way in the future.
Movies ruined by too many sequels
The first movie of the Ice Age series was truly incredible. Three unlikely friends come together to save a baby from the imminent death of the upcoming ice age. Now with 3 more movies out and one scheduled for 2016, the franchise has become a let down. Ice Age: The Meltdown is about the end of the ice age and a newly found romance for Manny, the woolly mammoth. The third in the series was Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs in which Sid the sloth decides he wants to take care of some baby dinosaurs and ends up finding a new world underground. Most recently was Ice Age: Continental Drift. Manny, Diego and Sid go on an adventure at sea on an iceberg and encounter some pirates along the way. These movies just keep getting worse and worse which is a shame because the original is a great movie! We definitely can't expect anything too spectacular out of the 2016 movie with the slumps of most of the past sequels.
Shrek is one of my favorite kids' movies for many reasons: it uses adult humor like no other kid's movie I've ever seen, the story is so original and interesting and it never gets boring to watch over again. I can even handle Shrek 2 to some degree since it makes sense in the story of Shrek and Fiona for them to go meet her parents who are King and Queen of Far Far Away. From Shrek the Third on, the series starts to lose its charm. Shrek, Puss and Donkey go to find the heir to King Harold's throne while Prince Charming plots his coup to take over as king himself. Finally is Shrek Forever After where Shrek gets tricked by Rumpelstiltskin to erase his existence and take on a whole new life. I suppose you can count Puss in Boots as it's a spin-off movie but it still wasn't that great either. The third and fourth sequels completely turned me off from this franchise. It seems that Dreamworks just tried too hard to put out movies without thinking of the quality of the stories they were putting out.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was one of my favorite movies when it came out in 2003. The idea of swashbuckling pirates was a completely new idea to me as I'd only ever known of Captain Hook at that time. There was a certain sense of danger present in the first film that I thought was lacking in the next three. Dead Man's Chest and At World's End were decent movies but the tone was completely different from the first one. I can't say too much about On Stranger Tides because I couldn't get through it. Without Elizabeth and Will the story was just too weird and did not work out for me. Although it was set up in At World's End that Barbossa and Jack Sparrow both wanted to find the fountain of youth, it was just too different and did not feel like a pirate movie to me.
2 that are heading that way
For me the two film franchises that stick out to me as potential sequel abusers are Toy Story and Kung Fu Panda. Although it has been announced that Toy Story 4 will be a love story between Woody and Bo Peep, I will still hold out hope for the movie since the first three were extremely well made. The third movie worked so well because it brought back a nostalgia factor for those of us who grew up with Toy Story. We all know that kids have to grow up and get rid of their toys eventually and this movie showed that in a beautiful, moving way. I would have thought it would have ended the series on such an awesome, high note but we'll just have to wait to see what Toy Story 4 will have in store.
The third installment of the Kung Fu Panda series will be about Po's long lost father who is reunited with him at the end of the second movie. The idea that you can be whatever you want as long as you put your heart into it, was the inspiring message we learned from the original movie which continued on in the second as well. I have a lot of faith that this movie will live up to its expectations since it follows the natural flow of the story, unlike some of the movie series mentioned above. Next year can't come soon enough!
What do you think?
Although the first movies in each of these series were extremely incredible, the many sequels have definitely turned me off from them. Since this is all my opinion, I'd love to hear what you think!