It’s happening again. It happened back when Toy Story 3 was announced, and then when it came out. It happened when Cars 2 was announced, and when that came out, as well. Now that Disney has released the teaser trailer for Pixar’s Monsters University, it’s happening all over again. I’m speaking, of course, about the annoying requests for a sequel to The Incredibles. It pops up in lots of threads about one of these Pixar sequels. It can’t be escaped. The logic is always the same: we want Pixar making original movies, and we don’t want them to become Dreamworks, so no sequels or prequels or unending franchises, oh but wait, make an Incredibles sequel because it’s a superhero movie so it must have one.
I’d rather see “Incredibles University” – Sanford Bell, /Film commenter
Do you know how many times I’ve heard people claim that the end of The Incredibles was a perfect set-up for a sequel? I swear, these people have no concept of humour. The ending of The Incredibles is not some call to arms for an inevitable sequel, but a thematic capper that completes the arc of the Parr family. It’s left open only because that is thematically functional. Plus, the concept of the Underminer is hilariously silly. It’s an ending almost like the joke ending of Back to the Future, only with more emotional and thematic resonance. And sure, that joke at the end of Back to the Future was used as the the set up for sequels, but by using that scene as a jumping-off point for Back to the Future Part II, the film was significantly hampered all the way through. So why would anyone on earth think The Incredibles was setting up a sequel? And more importantly, why on earth would anyone think an Incredibles sequel is necessary? It’s this mentality, quite frankly, that is destroying Hollywood blockbuster entertainment.
When are they going to make Incredibles 2? That is what the fans are asking for. Not Monster University or Cars 2. – keithkat, IMDb Message Board commenter on the Monsters University board
These days, Hollywood runs on the idea of creating franchises. I’ve already covered the problems this causes in terms of forcing films to be incomplete, but now I want to turn the tables. Sure, Hollywood is to blame for putting out a crappy product when they could probably put out something good that would still make a lot of money. Maybe, though, Hollywood isn’t to blame. Maybe it’s us. Well, not me, but you know the rest of you. You know who you are. The people who think that just because a movie has nerd bona fides and rests in a genre plagued by awful sequels it’s only logical that a sequel should be made. I’m not even talking about the saps, of which I’m one, who pay money to see these sequels. I’m talking about the people who demand they be made in the first place.
My concern is, where is the Incredibles sequel? I know Brad Bird has said he doesn’t want to just make one for the sake of making one (which I love about him), but no one at Disney/Pixar seems into the idea. It’s my personal favorite Pixar movie and one of the best super hero films to date. I’d love to see the Parr family suit up again! – CanIHaveASlice?, Collider commenter
Let’s set this straight. The Incredibles is a perfectly constructed film. It begins with a set of ideas and circumstances and pulls everything together for a brilliant series of pay-offs right up to the final scene. Could a sequel be made? Sure. Could it be as good as the first film? Maybe. Anything is possible. If Brad Bird has the right story and really believes in it, then I might believe in it, too.
I’m not that much into Picard movies,not a hater either,but where the hell is The Incredibles 2?! Am I mistaken in saying that it would more than likely be the highest grossing movie of their stable of films?
Seems like a no brained,especially considering that comic book/super hero movies are pretty much ruling the box office right now. – Longshanks, ScreenRant commenter
The motivations for making Cars 2 were no doubt complex, relating to high merchandise sales and a perceived high demand among young boys, as well as genuine love for the concept on the part of creator John Lasseter. Why they’re doing a Monsters University prequel is more clear. People adore Mike and Sulley. The reaction from the audience to the Monsters University teaser at my Brave screening was crazy. These guys were hilarious in the original film and they haven’t been seen since 2001. Pixar might be taking the easy route by going backwards and setting it as a simple college comedy, but at least they don’t have to deal with the problems of crafting a follow-up to one of the most perfect endings ever in a Pixar movie. Will Monsters University light the world on fire? I doubt it. This clearly isn’t the creative masterwork of a visionary director and supported by a visionary studio. The Pixar people just really love Mike and Sulley—as do audiences—and so they found a way to bring them back for what will hopefully be a fun romp. But that’s it. A sequel to The Incredibles would need to be more.
Oh come on Pixar! The ONLY sequel I’m interested in is an Incredibles sequel. The rest is just a distraction. Get busy! – electrosaurus, Reddit commenter
And I think this is the major failure of imagination amongst the nerds who want to see an Incredibles sequel. They don’t consider the film as a masterful work of art about the problems of middle age and the very tricky job of raising and holding together a family. They just see it as Pixar doing a badass superhero movie. It’s like a big, nerdy fan-wank for these people. When they think about another Incredibles movie they aren’t taking into consideration the fact that Brad Bird would need to come up with a compelling new conflict and drama that would be worth bringing back the Parr family to explore. All they can imagine are new action scenes and clever gags and satirical elements that a new film might bring. It’s small thinking and it shows a total lack of care for the creative and artistic process.
Nice. Now bring us Incredibles 2! – Xerxexx, First Showing commenter
It’s no wonder, then, that Hollywood has shifted to a franchise-oriented business model. Nerd culture has gone mainstream, and along with it has come this awful idea that any movie worth making must also be worth franchising. I don’t want to just read one issue of a comic book, I want a trilogy, or an ongoing series. Sometimes it’s called for, but the assumption on the part of self-proclaimed fans that sequels are a necessity has created a mindset that is destroying Hollywood. It needs to stop in general, but at least for now, please stop demanding a sequel to The Incredibles. Learn to leave well enough alone.