Five Pixar sequels we’re still waiting (and hoping) for

Originally posted on The Iris (June 16, 2016)

Pixar is no stranger to sequels. For over 20 years, Pixar have dominated animated cinematic releases with their critical and box-office success. With the massive acclaim behind sequels like Toy Story 2 & 3 and Monsters University, Pixar has now (much to everyone’s excitement) released Finding Dory after a 13-year wait since its predecessor, and still its most successful non-sequel of all time, Finding Nemo.

Despite a decent list of sequels under their name and plenty of exciting future pictures announced, I can’t help but feel that there are many stories left unventured, sequels that children and adults alike are undeniably waiting for. Unconvinced? Here are some Pixar sequels we’re all still waiting for.

WALL-E

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WALL-E is a flawless film, rich with emotion, brilliant storytelling, and revolutionary animation quality. Dabbling with thought-provoking themes in a beautifully crafted world, WALL-E encompasses what Pixar does best: create a three-dimensional world that appeals to both child and adult.

How could you not want a second instalment of wonderful characters with adorably innocent qualities like WALL-E’s clumsiness or his sad robot eyes? The concept of a post-apocalyptic world is an interesting idea to circle back to. Does humanity pick itself up? Will the human race continue to be a fat and lazy species? What happens to Earth? The possibilities are endless, and that is why Pixar should invest their time and money into another story that will be sure to stay current for years to come.

Ratatouille

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The story itself is one to admire, the irony behind a street rat with the passion and skill for fine food. While Ratatouille hasn’t received much success – monetary wise – in comparison to past Pixar pictures, the breathtaking visual design, and the tight script is extremely satisfying to see unfold.

You’re a fool if you wouldn’t want to see another film of Remy or any other animal make the most deliciously appetising meals to be shown in an animated picture.

Up

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I just want the same experience I had in the first one. The first ten minutes of the film opened up emotions I never knew I had. It’s heart-warming, depressing, entertaining and inspiring all at once.

I want round-two of Up’s adventurous and imaginative spirit with another brilliantly original storyline. The film is such a perfect portrayal of characters with depth and complexity, making it easier to become emotionally invested with every change in tone.

A Bug’s Life

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We’re going way back here – to Pixar’s follow up to Toy Story. It’s become a classic example of Pixar’s successful framework: a clever story with emotion and development, great animation and brilliant characters. Seriously, I remember the grasshoppers were menacing and frightening bad guys, not your typical carbon-copy cut out of the type.

A Bug’s Life is a great story that teaches kids empathy (what could be better than teaching kids to care about others than a story about the social hierarchy of bugs), but it would be exciting to see a sequel to the story – it’s almost been 20 years (and past “Bloopers” in other films have suggested their return). What have Flik and the gang been up to? Have the grasshoppers come back? If it did feature the same characters, it would be great to bring back the original cast too, with incredible voices of Kevin Spacey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus – though sadly greats like Phyllis Diller and Joe Ranft (Heimlich) have passed in recent years.

Geri’s Game

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I think I’d be most excited to get a sequel for this Pixar short about an old man, Geri, (who you may recognise from Toy Story 2) playing chess by himself in the park. While it’s an amazing story on its own, the flawless production behind the short makes the idea of a feature-length sequel all the more enticing.

Let there be more to this extraordinary story and gentle humour. It would be intriguing to see him repair more toys like Woody, and go about his daily activities in the same way his character is presented in this short.

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