In an old Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick and guest Ed Helms threw around the idea of having movie sequels jump into different genres. Hardwick brought up the example of Rob Zombie turning the House of 1000 Corpses from a horror-film to a grind house/slasher-film in the sequel. While this seems like a lateral move, one company that has done this change is Pixar and their Cars franchise. The first movie is more of an adventure-comedy movie while the sequel transitioned to an action-spy comedy film.
Pixar movies are widely known for their great concepts and amazing characters. I feel like the studio could easily cross over genres with any number of their franchises much like they did with Cars. Perhaps Violet, Dash and Jack Jack from The Incredibles get enrolled in a school for supers like Sky High. Or possibly the entire Incredibles universe becomes a post-apocalyptic wasteland in which there are empires of supers constantly locked in battle for supremacy. Or maybe have the Incredibles in a mystery movie trying to hunt down a new super villian.
Clearly there are a lot of ways to incorporate The Incredibles into other genre movies. But here are FIVE other Pixar characters that can be part of a whole new kind of spin-off movie.
1. Andy (Toy Story) - Teen Comedy
When we last see Andy at the end of Toy Story 3, he is sadly driving off to college leaving Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang at Bonnie's house. As heartfelt as that moment is, I'm honestly curious as to how he will fair in college. All in all, we don't really know much about Andy's personality. We see he definitely has a fun loving side and is a bit sentimental. It would be nice to see a little bit more of Andy and what he's all about. If the internet could make Harry Potter look like a teen comedy, I'm sure Pixar could whip something up too.
2. Horst (Ratatouille) - Action Movie Prequel
A minor character that has possibly the best quote from Ratatouille, Horst comes off as a man of mystery. What we know of him is that he is a chef and did time for an undetermined amount of time for an undisclosed reason. The way he carries himself within the restaurant, he is apparently not someone with whom to be trifled. Robbing a bank with a ballpoint pen, defunding a major corporation, killing a guy with a thumb... sounds like Pixar's very own Jason Bourne. Definitely could be a big change of pace for Pixar if we see a prequel with Horst before he was employed at Gusteau's where all of his antics play out.
3. Lightning McQueen - Sports Drama
We've seen Lightning McQueen grow from a cocky newcomer to a champion with a heart of gold. Throughout the two movies, he understands the value of friendship despite his competitive nature getting in the way at times. But imagine how he would react as he aged and become less of a contender.
Maybe he would get hooked on taking NOS (the Cars world equivalent to steroids or uppers). This causes him to push Sally away and accidentally kill his best friend, Mater, in a high speed accident. He slowly drives Radiator Springs back into the ground and it takes a couple of lost travelers to get him out of his retirement funk.
4. Inside Out Emotions - Adult Comedy
Inside Out might be one of Pixar's most creative films to date. Through the vessel that was Riley (and the other characters at the end of the movie), we got to see what possibly goes through our minds in times of trouble, when forming memories, what controls our actions, etc. But was I the only one who was wondering what would happen if someones mind was impaired? How would the concepts of being drunk or high translate in the world of Inside Out?
Of course we will probably never see this idea come out of Pixar studios (gotta keep things PG). But with adult comedies like Sausage Party and the classic South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut, a rated-R version of the inner workings of the mind could definitely find success! You know... if studio rights don't get in the way....
5. Carl and Ellie (Up) - Romantic Dramedy
Carl and Ellie might go down as one of the sweetest, most heart-warming couples in cinema history and yet we barely hear them speak a word to each other. Their love story was perfectly presented to the audience in a montage from their wedding day to Ellie's passing. As great as this sequence was from a story telling perspective, I'm sure I'm not the only one who wishes to see more of the couple's life together.
A lot gets skipped over in that montage. Their entire childhood/teen/young adult life, working together at the zoo, Ellie asking Carl to marry her (because I feel like she would be the one to pop the question); there's so much of their lives we don't get to see. Sure we know how it sadly comes to an end but I think it would still be worth the watch. After all, we did get FIVE Twilight movies and The Fredricksen's are definitely a much better love story.
I can't tell you how many times I've watched a sequel and it basically feels like the directors took the same structure for the movie and added a few new things. The Bourne franchise, The Hangover trilogy, The Austin Powers films, they all kind of follow the same cookie-cutter pattern and structure. I think it's time the studios mix things up a bit when they produce new sequels. Pixar has been a pioneer in the world of animated movies, it's time to take that next step!