IT’S hard to follow great classic Pixar movies like ‘Toy Story’, ‘Monsters Inc.’, and ‘Finding Nemo’. When movies like ‘Cars 2’ and ‘Brave’ fail to deliver the same heartwarming and small life lessons to audiences (young and old) it’s difficult to tell where Pixar’s heart is anymore. According to news sources, there is already a release date for a prequel to ‘Monsters Inc.’ ‘Monster University’ will be released June 21, 2013 which gives us the story of how Sulley and Mike Wazowski met. Andrew Stanton will direct the sequel to ‘Finding Nemo’ which is due to be released in 2016, and Tom Hanks dropped a bomb when he told a BBC reporter that there might be a fourth ‘Toy Story’.
Everyone loves those classics. They captivated audiences, made them laugh and cry and think of their childhood. They helped younger audiences not to be so afraid of what’s lurking in their closets. They touch audiences all over the world, but is Pixar merely playing it safe going back to the old Pixar movies to get their audiences back in the theater again?
Perhaps it would help if the writers and directors heard the criticisms of some of their audiences. Some have said that ‘Brave’ was a lot like ‘Brother Bear’ which was released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2003. ‘Cars 2’ is described as a “lemon” in the Los Angeles Times. There is something missing. The audience isn’t connecting with the story or the characters anymore. With ‘Toy Story’, audiences had a history with Buzz and Woody. ‘Finding Nemo’ was a funny and heartwarming adventure that made audiences feel warm and fuzzy at the end. Audiences loved the story of Sulley and ‘Boo’ in Monsters Inc, and the stories Pixar projected about friendship was captivating and moving. That’s what audiences fell in love with.
Pixar needs to remember that as a reason why audiences fell in love with them in the first place and use that so audiences can fall in love with them again. Bringing back the classics to continue their stories will only remind audiences why Pixar makes great movies. There needs to be new and inviting characters that help continue to not only lure audiences back to the theater, but also capture their hearts. There needs to be stories told that will touch and move audiences just as Pixar did in the beginning. Bringing back the classics to continue their stories may either inspire future generations to tell those heartwarming stories or it could lose viewers all together.