Pixar Goes Back To The Well, Again


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Andrew Stanton suffered a bit of a career set back with John Carter this past spring. He is obviously a director with a great visual eye, as I noted when I reviewed the film, I argued that the failings of that film were far greater then just Stanton's uncertainty with the live action medium. So that he is returning to directing at Pixar is good news. That he is doing so at the helm of a sequel to Finding Nemo, maybe not so much.

Stanton himself said some time ago, and unrelated to this news:
I’m sure you’ll see some other sequels of things as they grow because now we are not so blinded. It’s the originals that keep us really going and it’s the sequels that are like comfort food, and I think it’s the same way for the audience.
It's early days, they are looking at a 2016 release, putting it at the far end of their release schedule, and in the very early stages of development. But part of me is starting to wonder about Pixar. Out of the bat, they had hit after hit, even once being threatened by lawsuit from other studios who felt it was unfair. But it seems that, after they made the last of their famous cafe ideas, their steam is running low.

If that was the age of exceptional films, then maybe their entering now into the age of adequate films. Despite their flaws, both Brave and Cars 2 were mearly acceptable. They just weren't what we had come to expect from the studio. And Finding Nemo 2 would make it the fifth sequel from the studio, the fourth inside six years.  Sequels don't equal bad, look at Toy Story 2 and 3, so I don't judge. But I'm thinking that Pixar's success, and John Lassiter's elevated status within Disney, has meant that the original core group of creators who were responsible for the superior output by the studio has drifted apart. They've allowed new people into the fold, and as Brave proved, they might not be up to the standards Lasseter and So. set, and Lasseter and Co. might not be around to police the standards as they have in the past. Twice in their history they torn movies down and started from scratch, why wasn't Brave given the same treatment?

The up side to all of this is that we might be hearing Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres again soon.

Via /Film.
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