Continuing from the previous Contro File, another animation announcement brought a lot of excitement and concern at the same time. I guess you could say that this was a see-saw moment.
Disney released a statement that Pixar will be working on another Cars and a sequel for The Incredibles. Instead of being extremely excited, I am still concerned about the sequel for The Incredibles...I'll explain in a moment. Hearing the announcement for Cars, there has been confusion whether or not this is a feature film or a short. Some say it is Cars 3, others are reporting it is a short. Nevertheless, my interest for a Cars project is nonexistent. This franchise has been nothing more than an excuse to inspire merchandising from Pixar. Even John Lasseter confessed that he made this movie in hopes that kids would want to "pack [their] clothes in a Lightning McQueen suitcase." I thought the idea of making these movies was to tell a great story, at least from what Pixar has been doing prior to Cars 2. I guess not, seeing the last three films (Cars 2, Brave, Monsters University) did not do that. They were okay stories that you do not have to regret...but as a Pixar fan, you cannot celebrate them like Finding Nemo, Toy Story 3, or The Incredibles. Speaking of which...
The announcement of a sequel to The Incredibles has a huge concern on my part. First, should Brad Bird (director AND writer) not be in the director seat and writing the film, I will be upset. I have yet to see a project where Brad just writes the film, that is his creation, and he allows someone else to direct it (now, if there is an example, please let me know, would like to keep my knowledge up to date). I am not that confident enough to believe someone else can direct it. Probably the only person I could compromise in directing it would be Teddy Newton. Teddy has been with Brad since The Iron Giant, and has been a great disciple of his. Should Brad write it, and doesn't direct, the only person to handle it is Teddy Newton. *thinks* Maybe Mark Andrews...Mark would do a better job with this project than taking over Brenda Chapman's Brave. Nevertheless, if Brad Bird is not directing and writing this project (I need an AND), then I would be really concerned.
The other concern is, and not the fault of just doing The Incredibles again, is this franchise-driven mindset Pixar is going into. It is like Pixar is no longer interested in creating original and unique content...strong, original and unique content. Just because it's original and unique doesn't mean it's better. Seriously, I expect DreamWorks to do this, and I do not have a problem with them doing it. That is their niche. For Pixar to now resort to sequels, especially ones audiences are not interested in, it is destroying their legacy. Pixar was not just about telling great and innovative stories, but stories where we're not looking to see a sequel. Sure, Toy Story had its sequels, but it was right, and honestly, no one has a problem seeing a Toy Story sequel. We really love those characters. Cars? No. Monsters, Inc.? Yes, to a certain extent. I would've rather seen a Monsters, Inc. 2 than Monsters University...or at least have them write a better script to make the prequel line up with the first one. The lead up was not there, at all.
I really think, and maybe I will talk about this later, Pixar is forgetting why they were created in the first place. I really feel it as of late. I'll save this for another time.
For these announcements to come out, I am not at all excited about Cars 3, and I even wonder should I watch it...if I do, and it's worse than Cars 2, then I would have to abandon all possible Cars projects from now on. I cannot say I have skipped out on a Pixar film..but it is starting to seem that I will have to consider it one day. As for The Incredibles, I do hope the development is in the RIGHT direction. The direction to bring Pixar back to the respect it once had as a strong storytelling company.
So what are your thoughts on these announcements?! Are you excited? Upset? Feeling indifferent? It doesn't interest you one way or another? Let me know! Next time, the final thoughts on Hayao Miyazaki.