Pixar Animation has always prided itself on its originality and creative stories. Some complain now that Pixar has put out too many sequels, but the truth is that their sequels always cover different ground and remain original in and of themselves. Now, the next sequel from Pixar is in the works in “Finding Dory,” the sequel to the very popular “Finding Nemo.”
“Finding Nemo” was about a father setting out to find his son, who disappeared when captured by some humans. “Finding Dory” comes out in June 2016 and the big news is that Angus MacLane will co-direct the film, his first time in the director’s chair. This is a nice move since MacLane has been with Pixar almost since the beginning and has worked on every Pixar movie since “A Bug’s Life” in one manner or another.
With “Finding Dory” coming, here is a look at the sequels that have come from Pixar so far.
“Toy Story 2” and “Toy Story 3”
The first two sequels from Pixar should leave no fan of animated films ever complaining. “Toy Story” was the first ever Pixar movie and the one that put them on the map. That was a story about a boy’s toys and their fear of being replaced in his heart by new toys. The second movie was an improvement and saw them working together to make sure no one gets left behind. Finally, “Toy Story 3” might be the best Pixar movie ever made as the story comes full circle when Andy goes to college and the toys have to deal with losing the person who loved them the most. Together, it is one of the best trilogies in all of cinema.
A lot of people hated the first “Cars” movie, calling it a low point in Pixar’s output. However, there are also a lot of people who loved it, mostly in the South where NASCAR is a way of life. It was popular enough for short films based on the characters and then the eventual sequel. “Cars 2” was derided just as much, despite the fact that it was a very interesting take on James Bond and spy movies. It was also completely different than the first movie in genre and feel, and stands on its own quite well.
The most recent was actually a prequel to “Monsters, Inc.” In the movie “Monsters University,” the story goes back in time to show how Mike and Sulley first met. While the first movie was all about the scare factory and Sully’s relationship with the young girl Boo, this movie was a college comedy. Much like “Cars 2,” it used the same characters but put the movie in a different genre and this allowed Pixar to play with familiar characters in a different sandbox. While “Finding Dory” has no synopsis yet, expect something different and not a rehash of the original film.