[Ed] Catmull once said that Pixar’s intent was to make one sequel for every two original features. The ratio since 2010 has been closer to the inverse. Especially lamentable was the announcement, in 2014, of plans for Toy Story 4. The narrative and emotional arc of the trilogy had clearly been completed with Andy’s departure for college. The third installment had even closed, lovingly, with a shot that neatly mirrored the opening shot of the first film: the fluffy-white-clouds-on-blue-sky wallpaper of young Andy’s bedroom in Toy Story giving way to real white clouds in the real blue sky. Yet instead of concluding on that touching note, Pixar has opted for what has been described as a “franchise reboot”—surely the most dispiriting phrase in contemporary cinema.
This was a very well written piece about the troubles at Pixar and how they have lost their magic. I will admit that I am looking forward to Cars 3, but mainly because of the nostalgia with my son and his growing up with Cars.
Finding Dory was amusing, but not a must-see. The Good Dinosaur was okay, but felt rushed and disjointed.
After Coco this fall, there isn’t an original Pixar movie in the lineup until 2020. That’s a long time to wait, especially when Walt Disney Animation Studios is cranking out the original hits like Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia and Moana.