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“Inside Out” and Pixar Sequels

Director Pete Docter says that there are no plans for a sequel to Pixar’s current smash hit Inside Out, but his playful “never say never” highlights the studio’s unusual pattern with follow-up films.

The animated film, currently in theaters, stars a girl named Riley who is forced to move to San Francisco. Much of the plot takes place in her mind, where anthropomorphic emotions, particularly Joy and Sadness, help guide her through the experience. Immensely popular, it broke the record for biggest opening weekend of an original idea and has been seen as a glorious return after a few years of mediocrity from Pixar.

According to Zeca Oliveira, Pixar has relied more on sequels lately, and they have a huge bevy coming out in the future: Toy Story 4, Cars 3, The Incredibles 2, and Finding Dory, a followup to Finding Nemo. Interestingly, some of these are coming more than a decade after their first film, which at least hopefully indicates that they are based on good ideas rather than attempts at a quick cash-in.

Docter, who has previously spearheaded Up and Monsters Inc, has never done a sequel, though the latter film received a prequel, Monsters University, from a different director. He says that he is more interested in pursuing new ideas; the question is, do his bosses agree with that philosophy?

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