Friday, February 27, 2009

Just What The Docter Ordered...



The rumors are true...

It appears that Pete Docter has settled on his next directing gig and the film project is a familiar one. While he likely won't be talking about it until his press junkets are through for "Up," the feature that he'll be working on(and has been for a while) is the sequel to "Monster's Inc." with tentative plans for it being Pixar's 2013 release.

You heard it here guys...

39 comments:

MarkTwain said...

Wow... a lot of Pixar sequels down the pipeline!

I hope Pixar doesn't see their previous movies as potential franchises, as an influence from their parent company...?

Anonymous said...

i cant wait. i know many ppl who say this is their favorite pixar movie

disneynorth said...

What happened to originality?? I love Monsters Inc., but enough is enough with the sequels!!! Pixar has so much creative talent, that they couldn't come up with something new?? I thought Uncle John was going to put an end to all the sequels.

Anonymous said...

Some sequels are fine but Toy Story, Cars, and Monsters all in a row? Is there finally a shortage of new ideas at Pixar? - Tasman.

Todd said...

I would prefer them continue Monsters Inc as a series of shorts. I think there's a lot of comic potential for Mike and Sully in small doses like that. I'm not as interested in another full-length movie. The only other Pixar sequel I would have any interest in would be The Incredibles.

-doopey

swatsi said...

I'm not sure how I feel about this. While I love Monsters, Inc. and would love to see the characters again, I really liked the ending. And I like it as an ending.
Not sure if I want to see Boo again, because it'd be weird if she had grown up.

Much like someone else said there is a lot of potential for a Monsters Short series similar to Mikes New Car and the Cars Toons.

And then it'd be nice to see the characters and environment using modern CG..

Arrrgh, I guess we'll have to see.

I guess this means that there will be some more Monsters Inc. park rides queued up for 2013

Eric said...

I think we're lucky have gotten so many original and hard-to-market features so far. Pixar needs to make money. They don't exist just to make fun films. Plus, they wouldn't be making a sequel unless they had developed a good story ... Toy Story 2 was great.

PerfectlyFlawed said...

Kind of funny that this new sequel is scheduled for 2011, the same year when Harry Potter plans to end their movie series; both movies premiered in November of 2001, my how time flies.

Anonymous said...

ALL RIGHT!!!

I loved that movie - brilliantly conceived and executed and funny as hell. I wonder what the concept is for the sequel? After all, the monsters don't scare anymore, and there's no energy crisis, so what will the plot be? Will we see Boo again? Can't wait to hear details! Please keep up posted, Honor!

Skipper Brodie said...

Like a lot of the rest of you, I'm a little leery of this. On the one hand, Monsters Inc is my favorite Pixar movie (which is saying something), and though I kind of feel like the story wrapped up very well, I'll trust they're only going forward with a sequel if they really have a story to support it.

My biggest question about this, and my biggest concern about the recent trend to create sequels to several Pixar hits, is if they're going to be coming out in addition to other Pixar features... or instead of them. One of the great things about a new Pixar feature is that you're always introduced to a new and exotic world. I find that more thrilling than the prospect of revisiting old favorites.

Justin said...

I think the motivations for Toy Story 3, Cars 2, and Monsters Inc. 2 are clearly obvious. Just look at Madagascar 2. That movie scored a 64% on Rotten Tomatoes but so far has made $581 million in the global box office. Wall-E is the highest rated film of 2008, won the Oscar for Best Animated Film, and won several other awards for Best Movie. Wall-E's global box office is $534 million.

Anonymous said...

TWINS


and a bunkbed

Kirsten (aka the Disneycoug) said...

I'm worried as well. Monsters Inc, Toy Story 2, and Cars are my favorite Pixar films (in reverse order, so I should be happy, but I worry about how different the movies will be. I hear Cars 2 won't be in Radiator Springs, and to me that was one of the biggest 'characters' in that movie. I fell in love with that place. I don't know if the charm will be there without it. And I echo what swatsi said - I don't see how Monsters 2 will go down. But then again, they did impress almost everyone with Toy Story 2, so you never know.

Danielle said...

I think Pete Docter's a great director, but I'm a little scared about all the sequels Pixar's doing. Cars 2, Toy Story 3, Monsters Inc 2, and maybe an Incredibles 2 in the distant future (Docter talked about it at NY Comic Con)? Pixar's always said that they'll only do a sequel if there's a good story behind it. I'm hoping that's true for this. If it is, I'm really excited to see what comes about.

MickeyMooseMU said...

Frankly I don't believe it. I won't until it comes straight out of Peter Docter's mouth. All 'evidence' pointing to a Monsters, Inc. sequel is circumstantial at best.

Neal said...

This is all very strange. For the company who once was not really into sequels (and only did Toy Story 2 because Disney started it without them)... what's with the recent string of sequels? I don't think the story in Monster's, Inc. works for a sequel. WDAS only ever produced one sequel to their own films - "The Rescuers Down Under" - the rest were handled out-of-country. Yet, Pixar's handling all their own sequels ala DreamWorks. To me, it feels like a cheapening of their characters and they should be careful.

AJ said...

I think the reason so many are opposed to these sequels is because, aside from TS2, there truly are no other great animated sequels that have ever been made. So when someone hears a sequel to a great animated movie is on the away, their first instincts are negative. But this is Pixar, not Disney or Dreamworks, etc. I trust what they said about not doing a sequel unless they had a story worth telling. So I would be excited about an MI2, because obviously if Docter and Pixar want to make it, they must have a quality idea for it.

Anonymous said...

I work for Walt Disney Pictures and we have not been informed of anything being added regarding this project to the 2011 slate, we've got our films lined up thru 2012 and Monsters Inc 2 is not a part of the titles thru that date.

Billy said...

I think the reason so many are opposed to these sequels is because, aside from TS2, there truly are no other great animated sequels that have ever been made.

I agree though Shrek 2 was almost as good as the original.


As for MI2 I would love to see a sequel but only if they came up with a great story.

Anonymous said...

I don't know why everyone (besides swatsi) keeps talking about the 2011 release date. Honor clearly said 2013.

pully hutchets said...

Yeah, he said 2013. Where is everyone getting 2011? A clear case of not paying attention when reading. Also he said tentively, which means it could change. You all remember when Cars 2 was going to come out in 2012 when they announced it last year and how now it's going to be out in 2011?

Anonymous said...

so wanna bet that the monsters inc coaster will be released around the same time as this...

Anonymous said...

Monsters Inc Coaster? The cheapest thing would be to retheme DCA's California Screamin', slap a Mikey on the loop where Mickey was, and you're done. Good enough. Might just happen.

Anonymous said...

Has everyone forgotten that they focus on STORY! So WHY would any of these sequels suck?

Isn't that the main reason they are on their way to being 10/10 and why we're all fans?

Tom said...

Here we go again... Cars 2, Monsters 2, Toy Story 3...

At least they kept us thinking for a year or so they stopped with the sequels.

All these sequels will mean the decay of Pixar, it's Disney's story once again.

Let's see what excuse they have when in 5 years from now people don't like Pixar anymore that much.

swatsi said...

Unfortunately the vast majority of the public (who are not necessarily fans of Pixar or animation or even movies), are the people that want these sequels.

So unless they are unimaginatively bad then the public will be happy.

It's only the online fans and critics who will kick up a fuss in 5 years time.

Proceed with caution.

Anonymous said...

You people are making me LOL with all the doubtfullness. I'm sorry, but Toy Story 2 was brilliant, and anybody thinking Pixar has sold out since they joined up with Disney hasn't seen WALL-E.

Where's the trust in a group of incredible filmmakers, guys?

Anonymous said...

Honor, will the realease of Monsters 2 coincide with the Monsters Coaster in DHS ?

Edward Liu said...

I'm sorry, but I think this report is extreme wishful thinking, at best, or a complete fabrication, at worst. Pete Docter was asked about a Monsters Inc. sequel at the "Up" panel at New York Comic Con and while you can never say never, he sure didn't seem like he was that interested in the idea. From my writeup:

During the panel Q&A, several audience members asked about sequels to Pixar movies, with The Incredibles and Monsters, Inc. seeming to come up the most often. Docter and Rivera repeated the company line that Pixar has always brought out regarding sequels: they'll do them if they have a great idea that they think is worth doing, but if they don't, they won't. Docter didn't completely rule out the idea of a Monsters, Inc. sequel, but definitely did not seem to have given it much thought so don't get your hopes up.

Someone asked him about that again in the roundtable Q&A later in the day, where I was sitting right in front of him and Jonas Rivera as they said the following:

REPORTER 1: Any word on a Monsters, Inc. 2?

DOCTER: No word yet.

REPORTER 1: Did a script ever exist for that, or was that all Internet fakery?

RIVERA: Yeah, it was all Internet fakery.

DOCTER: Oh, was there a rumor about that?

REPORTER 1: Yeah, a long time ago.

DOCTER: Oh. Yeah, no, there was never anything to my knowledge. But, we're keeping it open.


So, on the one hand, you have 2 public statements made by Pete Docter that says there's no Monsters Inc sequel, and on the other hand, you have an unsourced rumor announcing a release date and saying the script is well on its way. Believe what you want, but I'll take Pete Docter's word for it right now.

Digital Jedi said...

Storytellers tell stories. That's what they do. And if they have more to tell on a specific story, well, if they're good story tellers then I'm all for it. Walt was the one who didn't like sequels, because that was his style. It worked well for him, but it wasn't a maxim. Pixar is it's own entity and does what it does well because they do what works well for them. As Frank Miller once said, you can't water down an existing work.

Mystery Man said...

I'm ok with this, though not jumping up and down for joy. I just don't think Monsters Inc, Cars, or Toy Story need sequels. Now the Incredibles lends itself perfectly t a sewquel when are wer gonan get that one?

Anonymous said...

I Have Waited For This Movie Since I Saw The Ending To Part 1.....It Was About Time!!!!!

Tabitha said...

I think its great that they are doing sequels to the great movies this way my son will have a new movie to watch. We can alternate and I won't get tired of the same story and dialect.

Hammad Ahmed said...

are you guys kidding? i've been screaming like i've been kicked in nutts everyday of my life since five years ago i watched monsters inc.

you can't believe how badly i wanted sulley and boo to get together again and didn't thought i'm lucky enough to see that.. then the sweet gooogly bear mike somehow reassembled the door and i was jumping like hell to see boo again for once with sulley..
hey opened the door, called her name and she called her back..
i was like omg omg omg!!! and then......
nothing, black.. dark.. the end..

what tha!!!!!

its been 5 years and i still haven't given up on monsters inc.. i don't know about all you critics with your 'professional opinions' but for me monsters inc is still like i saw it tomorrow and want to see more..

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

To all of the people talking about how bad of an idea Monsters 2 is, I'd just like to say:

It's obvious why you don't work in feature animation. As soon as Pixar releases a bad sequel, feel free to open your mouths.

Not one person has mentioned Bear and the Bow, Newt, or Jon Carter of Mars, all of which are set to be released before the supposed 2013 release date of Monsters 2.

Even if you consider sequels to be recycled material, Pixar is planning to release just as many "original" films for you to get your grubby, undeserving, snotty little fingers on. :)

And yes, I work at Pixar, so I might just know what I'm talking about.

Anonymous said...

I think it is about time they did a second Monsters Inc. It's a great family movie. I watched it with my niece whom is now 10 and my daughter just the other day whom is 3, she loved it. Plus it was just as good to me now as it was when it came out. Incredibles is another sequel I look forward to seeing!

Jerry Beck said...

Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo are films VERY worthy of sequels. It's not about lack of creativity or new story-lines. It's about knowing what worked, what people thoroughly enjoyed, and giving them more of it. I'm very excited about whatever Pixar does, sequels included!