For a while, it seemed like Disney Pixar was in the dark with the frequent release of sequels like Finding Dory and The Incredibles 2, but recently with films like Coco, Inside Out, and Soul, the studio has been commended for ‘coming back to form.’ What’s interesting is, Soul director Pete Docter admits that sequels are kind of necessary to keep the studio alive.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Docter explains:
“In the past we had a big run of sequels, too many in a row… Now we have a lot of original stuff, which I’m personally excited about, but for financial safety we probably should have a few more sequels in there. Sometimes it’s tough, because the creative projects have a life of their own, and they either take off or they don’t.”
For now, Pixar has two original films announced with Luca and Turning Red, but they do have a spinoff for Toy Story called Lightyear which will tell the story of the human person who inspired the character of Buzz Lightyear. While this does seem like a weird project for the studio, I think Pixar has the potential to turn it into an interesting movie.
While I’m all for the side of the creatives, the harsh truth of the industry is that they need to make these sequels to keep afloat. You can always opt not to watch them, but with a lot of jobs on the line, I’m really not complaining.
Here’s the synopsis for Pixar’s Soul:
Joe is a middle-school band teacher whose life hasn’t quite gone the way he expected. His true passion is jazz — and he’s good. But when he travels to another realm to help someone find their passion, he soon discovers what it means to have soul.
For now, you can catch Disney Pixar’s Soul now on Disney+.