Pixar set to “scale back” the sequels

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Pixar Animation Studios President Ed Catmull has answered the prayers of all Pixar fans by promising to concentrate primarily on original films moving forward.

In a chat with Buzzfeed, Catmull reiterated how original films were a priority for the production house, promising at least one a year.

“Every once in a while, we get a film where we want or people want to see something continuing in that world — which is the rationale behind the sequel. They want those characters, which means we were successful with them. But if you keep doing that, then you aren’t doing original films.”

Pixar has The Good Dinosaur slated for release May 2014, with Inside Out set for mid 2015.

They’re not totally backing away from the money-spinning franchise-extenders, however.

Their Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory, will arrive late 2015 (this will mark the first time they’ve released two films in one year).

Though their latest effort, Monsters University (a prequel), enjoyed Pixar’s second largest box office opening of all time in the United States, the critical response wasn’t exactly rapturous.

Cars 2, meanwhile, was their first film to receive an overwhelming critical drubbing.

Then again, Toy Story 2 and are considered amongst their best works.

Pixar are capable of crafting fine follow-ups; let’s just hope they don’t start sacrificing one-of-a-kind gems (a’la WALL-E and Ratatouille) in the process.

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