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Pixar to Cut Back on Sequels

July 1, 2013  |  12:45pm
Pixar to Cut Back on Sequels

Monsters University, the prequel to Monsters, Inc., is currently topping box offices, and the studio is planning for a Finding Nemo sequel for a 2015 release. But with artistic innovation in mind, Pixar Studios are expected to produce more original films and fewer sequels in the future.

Pixar president Ed Catmull told BuzzFeed that he and chief creative officer John Lasseter were excited to promote more original films—around one per year—”for artistic reasons.” The creative minds behind Pixar are also planning for the company’s future by looking at mistakes of past animation studios.

“How do you figure out how to pass the baton onto other people?” Catmull said. “When Walt [Disney] died, he didn’t pass the baton to anybody else, and so they went downhill after that. So John and I take very seriously the fact that we need to get people up to the level where they can tell original films.”

The studio will produce an original film per year, with a sequel roughly every other 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,” Catmull said. “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’s newest original film, The Good Dinosaur is set for a May 2014 release. The film was directed by Bob Peterson, who worked on Up, and depicts a fantasy world where dinosaurs never became extinct.

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