I might be a bit late to the party on this one but ever since Disney announced that Marvel and Star Wars are stapled to the movie industry beyond what's already been announced. I've been wondering (and this isn't discussed as much as the excitement for the Marvel and Star Wars stuff), Will Pixar and The Muppets last just as long?
Now let's be honest, "Muppets Most Wanted" was a flop at the box office not just because society believes "Divergent" has more of a place in cinema than our felt-y friends but because unlike the first film (where it was as big of a comeback film as "The Force Awakens" by providing not just nostalgia for those who watched "The Muppet Show" and the Muppet movies (before "Muppets from Space") but also providing laughs for and introducing the franchise to a newer generation), this one was more aimed at kids (Yeah, Celebrity cameos weren't really enough for the adults). Right now, the only things that The Muppets are up to now are starring in commercials and "the muppets." on ABC.
However, I DO in fact have some ideas that the Walt Disney Studios (and Pixar whom we'll get to later), should consider. And while I'm assuming that the ABC show is a success, I honestly would like to see 2 Muppet movies kinda like the "Christmas Carol" and "Treasure Island" adaptations we got back in the 90's.
The Muppets/Avengers crossover
I just sure hope Kevin Feige is reading this because I want this to happen as much as Marvel fans are wanting a Black Widow solo movie. Although this won't be like the two Muppet movies I mentioned earlier, it'll just be...well...an Avengers and Muppet movie.
Muppet Star Wars
Now THIS will be like the two Muppet movies I mentioned. But what I'm thinking of here is a TOTAL and LITERAL retelling of the original trilogy (respectively in 3 different films of course) with some of the characters being played by Muppets. Just imagine, instead of C3-PO and R2-D2, it'll be Gonzo and Rizzo. And also, Kermit as Han, Piggy as Leia and Fozzie as Chewie.
Now Pixar on the other hand, they're not in any danger, they're just gonna keep on making movies despite a few hiccups and they'll still be making money (well, except for "Toy Story 4", that'll bomb because so many people say that the 3rd film had the perfect ending and it'll be released after "Godzilla 2" but before "Jurassic World 2"; Viewers of Disney Junior and parents who want to introduce their kids to Woody, Buzz and the Toy Story gang aside.) And I know, Disney bought The Muppets back in the late 80's and early 90's then again in 2004 AND they bought Pixar back in 2005 or 2006 (before "Cars") but I feel that Pixar should get as much as love as Marvel and Star Wars (Inside Out aside...; Hey! The Good Dinosaur didn't do so well!). With that said, there are some Pixar movies I actually AM wanting to see...
A "Toy Story" two-parter
If John Lasseter wants to keep the "Toy Story" series going then why not hit the nail on the coffin here...
Part 1 would be just like the Circle 7 storyline that focuses on the other toys shipping a malfunctioning Buzz to Taiwan, where he was built, believing that he will be fixed there. But then upon searching on the Internet, they find out that many more Buzz Lightyear toys are malfunctioning around the world and the company has issued a massive recall. Fearing Buzz's destruction, a group of Bonnie's toys (Woody, Rex, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Hamm, Jessie and Trixie) venture to rescue Buzz. And at the same time, Buzz meets other toys from around the world that were once loved, but have now been recalled. Even if they go with that story, I'm pretty sure they'll handle it like Dusty's engine damage in "Planes: Fire & Rescue".
Part Two would be more...coming of age than the others, lemme explain.
With Bonnie transitioning from middle to high school, Woody starts to not feel right about having Andy give him, Buzz and the other toys away to Bonnie and decides to go on an epic journey by himself to find Andy. So, it's up to Buzz, Jessie, Rex, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head and Hamm to convince Woody that there's always a way to turn things around.
In case you're wondering what's with the "Gravity Falls" picture then that's because if they go with this story for Part 2 then I'm sure they'll handle it where it's like the "Gravity Falls" episode "Weirdmageddon 2: Escape from Reality".
Monsters Inc: Lost In Scaradise
This, I REALLY want to see! The Plot? Mike and Sulley must venture into the human world and not come back until they find Boo. And if there's 2 things that would be interesting to see in this film one of which is what would make this work is 1: Developing and Evolving Sulley and Boo's friendship and 2: Explain why monsters think that human's are toxic.
Sam and Max
Assuming that Steve Purcell (co-director of "Brave" and director of "Toy Story That Time Forgot") hasn't retired these characters, if anyone can make a GOOD video game adaptation, it's Pixar. Not much I can say here.
But, enough about movie ideas that can potentially and hopefully keep Pixar and The Muppets living as long as Marvel and Star Wars, the answer to the question is...
Yes. The Muppets and Pixar can keep going as long as Marvel and Star Wars. Disney and Pixar won't be able to go on without each other (even if Finding Dory, Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles 2 are aimed--I mean to introduce the original films to 2 year--I mean todd--I mean a new generation). And of course, we still have sequels to Enchanted, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Oz The Great and Powerful and Maleficent plus all of those live-action remakes (even if they suck) to keep the Disney name going. So, as long as The Muppets are still on ABC and that Finding Dory and the Pixar films coming the next 3 years do well critically and financially, both of them will live on for Infinity and Beyond.