Generally speaking, investor calls are god-awful boring – even if you’re an actual investor in the company sponsoring the call – but every once in awhile an executive will reveal something cool or hint at some tantalizing thing for the future. Such was the case when Disney boss Bob Iger chatted with investors a few days back.
While talking all things House of Mouse, Iger eventually got around to Pixar. Aside from offering praise for the beloved animation studio, he had this to say:
“On the animation front, Pixar continues to create great value for our company too. We are very excited about Monsters University which opens next month. Pixar’s slate of films for the next five years includes fantastic original stories as well as some great sequels to their previous hits. And as we recently announced, we are in production on one of those sequels, Finding Dory, featuring Ellen DeGeneres once again as the voice of Dory, one of the most beloved characters from Finding Nemo which was one of the most popular and profitable movies to date.”
What stood out to us was the part about “some great sequels to their previous hits." What could the studio be planning to sequelize in the coming years?
We’re not sure because Iger was more interested in being tantalizing than breaking big news, but that hasn’t stopped us from geeking out over Pixar sequels we’d love to see. Some of these might happen, most of them probably won’t, but here are the Pixar flicks we want more of.
Carl and Russell’s adventure is one of the studio’s most touching creations (seriously – we all still get misty-eyed every time we watch this footage of the courtship and marriage of Carl and Ellie. If you don’t, you’re made of stronger stuff than we are) and we’d love to see this cinematic odd couple go on another adventure. Sure, there’s the potential to mess it up and we’re totally fine with the first film being a stand-alone thing, but we really like these characters and would love to see more of them.
Seems like a no-brainer that Woody, Buzz and the gang will be back for a fourth outing – and there have been rumors that it’s going to appear in 2015. While that’s not official, we can’t imagine Pixar not returning to this franchise. It may be an obvious choice, but we’re all aboard for more time with the toys.
On a related note, Pixar just released the following image from a 30-minute Toy Story special in the works called Toy Story of Terror. But will these Toy Story-related shorts and specials crowd the Toy Story marketplace, removing a certain amount of anticipation from another full-length sequel?
Pixar’s sci-fi robot romance is one of the studio’s best – and maybe most underrated – films. We couldn’t help but fall in love with title character WALL-E and his partner EVE in their first adventure – and the ending of that film leaves the door open for a lot of new stories. Hopefully Pixar is considering sharing what some of those adventures might be.
How has this not happened yet? Of all of Pixar’s properties, Brad Bird’s superhero tale is the one that all but begs for a follow-up. Hell, the movie ends with a scene setting up a sequel. Add in the Disney/Marvel relationship and we’re absolutely astounded we’ve never seen The Incredibles 2. That needs to change, and maybe it will – but if it doesn’t, it’s a huge missed opportunity. Someone get Brad Bird working double time to make this happen.
So, those are our picks for Pixar sequels we’d like to see. What are yours?
[via Bleeding Cool]