2014 was the first year in over a decade that did not see a release from Pixar Studios. Though we had great animated films in the form of The Lego Movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Big Hero 6, it felt strange having a year in which we did not receive a Pixar film (with an accompanying short). The Good Dinosaur was originally scheduled for a Summer 2014 release but due to various reasons the production has delayed it to November 2015. As it stands now we will be getting two Pixar films this year (Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur) and they aren’t slowing down anytime soon.
Along with the confirmation of Finding Dory, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced they were developing Cars 3 and Incredibles 2. That announcement was back in 2014. With Incredibles’ director Brad Bird all finished with Tomorrowland, he has turned his attention back to the superhero family. When speaking to NPR, Bird had the following to say:
“I’m just starting to write it, so we’ll see what happens.”
Though that is just a simple statement it does confirm that Bird is involved in the production. His writing and directing have been near perfect and I’m glad to hear that his voice is part of the Incredibles 2 conversation. I doubt that he will return to the director’s chair for this outing though. After Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and the promising Tomorrowland, I bet that Bird opts to stay in live-action filmmaking, letting a new up and comer direct the new Incredibles film.
Every time some sort of news is released on this film it brings up various thoughts. Mainly, do we really want/need a new Incredibles film? I’m of the mindset that thinks Pixar should stick to original content and push their creativity in that direction. After the horrible Cars 2 and the serviceable Monsters University I couldn’t be happier that 2015 is delivering two original Pixar films. While Toy Story 3 is a near masterpiece, Pixar’s track record with sequels/prequels has not been the strongest. At least when an original film fails (i.e. Brave) we are given an original experience vs. a retread of another film’s heights.
I’m optimistic the Incredibles 2 will be great and it’s very promising to know that Bird is writing away as we speak. I love The Incredibles, so here’s hoping it’s more Toy Story 2 and not Cars 2.
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