Pixar to go the sequel/spin-off route again with CARS spin-off, PLANES
I see only wicked things coming this way for Pixar.
I’m as jazzed as the next cinephile to see a film like MONSTERS, INC. get a sequel. However, Pixar has slowly become the studio that, while still seemingly pumping out great stuff, are slowly going the route of counterparts like Dreamworks by developing new sequels to previous franchises.
With CARS 2 on the horizon, Movieline is reporting that Pixar is set to go the spin-off route, with a film called PLANES, which would spin-off the CARS franchise.
Personally, I’m of two minds here. First, it’s Pixar, which in and of itself is a token of great things to come. Even as much as I truly dislike CARS, it’s still vastly superior to slop like OVER THE HEDGE or things like that. They are the best animation studio on the planet, if not the best film studio period, and until they truly crap the bed, they should be treated as such.
However, this sounds utterly dreadful. Not only will it be a spin-off, but according to reports, the film will be direct to DVD, which for those of you who know about the history of Disney, marked the modern day death of that studio’s animated front. Sure, I get that this is a great way for the studio to make money, so they can fund their big films, but they have been doing well for a while now and haven’t needed to plumb the depths like this.
What do you think?