If you're like me (or under the age of ten), you'll be lining up next weekend to catch a showing of Ratatouille. You may or may not recall Pixar's latest was numero tres on my movies I'd pay most to see list. I make no apologies for it; I love them Pixar flicks.
Being that this is the summer of a million and one sequels, I thought I'd take a look at five Pixar favorites (sorry, Cars ... ya just didn't do it for me) and rank them in order of which movies I'd least mind to see their sequels. Before we start, I'd like to make one thing clear. I don't need Pixar sequels. I prefer Pixar originals. But life doesn't work that way, does it? Disney wants sequels, they're going to get sequels. So if Mickey is going to pull his weight around the corridors of Pixar, this is the way I'd prefer he bully. Let's get this show on the road.
Come on. This is a gimme. If there is one Pixar movie I wouldn't mind seeing a sequel to, it's Brad Bird's superheroed spin on the James Bond films. I want to see The Incredibles in full superhero mode battling another villain, going through another family crisis with more bouts of sibling rivalry. Much like the franchise it's spoofing, future installments only make sense.
2. Toy Story 3
Okay, this one I believe is already in the works and I can't really complain. The first one, after all, is The Godfather II of all animated sequels, right? I'm not sure where they could take the characters after the first two films, though. I heard some rumor about the plot having to do with there being a recall on Buzz Lightyear ... but then John Lasseter stopped that train dead in its tracks. Who knows? The Pixar clan have one valuable keepsake from me: my trust.
3. A Bug's Life
This movie gets dumped on a lot as if it were the bastard child of Pixar films but it's a-okay in my book. This is a retelling of Seven Samurai, or if you prefer, The Magnificent Seven. The good news is The Magnificent Seven spawned a couple of sequels. The bad news? They sucked.
Of all the movies on this list, this has about as perfect an ending as one could ask for. They could do a sequel. The ending is a little open-ended, but they really shouldn't touch this one. Not while I'm still running things.
5. Finding Nemo
The movie is great but clownfish usually don't live any longer than five years. It's been four years since Finding Nemo and that might be pushing things. Time to flush this baby down the toilet.
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