‘The Incredibles 2′ is Moving Forward; ‘Cars 3′ in Development

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Many a person was relieved when Pixar president Ed Catmull offered his assurances that the beloved animation studio will, heron out, put renewed emphasis on the task of churning out quality original content – hence the company’s next two releases, Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur – rather than just prioritizing sequels and/or spinoffs of its previous hits (see: Cars 2, Monsters University, and so forth).

The plan moving forward – as Catmull described it – will be for Pixar to alternate between new intellectual properties and established franchise installments, on a year-by-year basis. We already knew that the list of upcoming sequels includes Finding Dory (i.e. the followup to Finding Nemo), but we can now officially add The Incredibles 2 to that list.

A sequel to The Incredibles – Brad Bird’s Oscar-winning 2004 computer-animated film about a family of superheroes – is something that many a person has been asking for, far more than any other prospective Pixar sequel mentioned to date.

In fact, yours truly can attest: pretty much every single time I’ve written about an upcoming Pixar movie (no matter what it is), someone inevitably leaves a comment expressing their desire to see the adventures of the middle-aged Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson), his wife Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), their super-powered children Violet (Sarah Vowell) and Dash (Spencer Fox), and their friendly-neighbor Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) continue on the big screen.

Well, at long last, it appears that Disney/Pixar is ready to grant the masses of Incredibles die-hard fans their wish. Today, at the annual meeting for the shareholders and D23 members, Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger confirmed that not only is an Incredibles sequel being actively developed, but that Pixar and the Mouse House also have a third installment in the popular (though the least critically-respected among Pixar’s brands) Cars franchise planned and starting to move down the pipeline.

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The news about Cars 3 is bound to generate far less excitement than the Incredibles 2 announcement. Fact is, after the comparatively lackluster Cars 2 – which many people still regard as superior to a lot of other kids-oriented entertainment on the market – and multiple less-than-memorable shorts focused around the tow-truck character Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), many a film buff tends to view the Cars franchise as being an easy way to make money for Disney/Pixar – and not much else.

On the other hand, the profitability of the Cars movies has eased pressure on Pixar and Bird to make Incredibles 2 as quickly as possible. Indeed, Bird has said on multiple times over the last decade that he’s never stopped brainstorming ideas for an Incredibles sequel, but has simply yet to find a premise that he believes has real potential – seeing how, like everyone else, he wants the sequel to match or improve upon the original film’s mix of rousing can-do action, engaging familial drama, and clever social commentary elements.

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Hopefully, the reason that Incredibles 2 is now moving forward at a faster pace is because the creative minds over at Pixar have, at last, found a way to start cracking that especially difficult nut. Then again, it is Pixar; at this stage, its track record is still strong enough to ensure that any product the studio releases should have a reasonable amount of thought and care put it into. (Yes, even with something like Cars 3.)

As for Bird’s involvement as director on Incredibles 2, that isn’t guaranteed yet, even though (as reported by Variety) Iger says Bird is currently working on the screenplay. However, given his healthy working relationship with Disney (Bird is also putting together the sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland for the studio) – combined with his obvious affection for the franchise – there’s good reason to believe that Bird could end up calling the shots on this project.


We’ll keep you posted on all upcoming Pixar movies – be they The Incredibles 2 or Cars 3 – as more information is made available.

Source: Disney/Pixar [via Variety]

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  1. I actually just found out that they are having incredibles two because of my friend I had recently posted that something like cars is so unrealistic to children but believing you can be a super hero and change the world well that’s something all children should believe in but it’s taken them this long to bring out a second one and cars is going on it’s third I just hate cars so much because why is Disney showing kids that ain’t that smart that cars can talk children are gonna watch cars and be like oh cars talk but the incredibles they know they can’t do that stuff but the underlying of the story for the incredibles is that being a super hero is hard and not everyone can do it but believing you can change the world that’s something everyone can do and should do and children should believe in it. Cars there is no underlying story it just shows a car going across the country winning races I don’t care what anyone tells me but I never liked cars and never will. Bad story over all. Sorry to whoever produced that one. But me being a 90s kid I got some of the best Disney and no child will ever get to see that which is sad.

    • Children will keep watching those older movies. That’s the thing about movies. They won’t go anywhere. And if there’s any group that isn’t bothered by it being outdated it’s kids!

    • you got it all wrong, you are a girl so you cant understand. Guys ALL ages love car. I am 18 right now, back when i was at the innocent age of 11 i had this best friend, we always went over to each others houses to play with cars, making the turn signal noises, making acceleration noises and screeching, u get the point. But the point is we made the cars talk but we knew that they really didnt talk. Your comment is kind of dumb because you are making an assumption about a topic that you really dont know alot about. Boys before the movie CARS always made their matchbox car talk.

      • Well as a guy I can say all guys do not love cars just like all girls dont love barbies that is a insnaely broad generalization of a gender. I in fact only like cars for transportation and have no other interest in them at all on any level. The incredibles is 100x the movie that the entire cars franchise ever will be it has something to teach you but I am just not interested in talking tranportation devices.

  2. Hey! Car’s 2 is my favorite disney movie even more favorite then incredibles .

    • That’s probably why your dad left you

  3. Hi, I think its really sad that they are thinking of a cars three already when the incredibles have been out way longer and there isn’t even a second one yet.I have really been waiting on the second one for a long time now.

  4. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY FINALLY! It feels like I’ve been waiting for this sequel for ages. This is my favorite Pixar movie and it really was heartbreaking to think that there’d never be a sequel.

  5. I think the sequel should be about their powers evolving. Just an idea.

  6. I can’t wait a single year more to watch The Incredibles 2 …. it’s been ~10 years!

  7. Cars 3 needs to ride in the dump truck! I’m a 90′s kid also and the quality story lines made when the older movies were here was resurrected through incredibles movie……cars 3? Must be potential for incredibles 4. Incredibles 2 yessss, ready to buy you already! Only buy quality disney movies people.

  8. Frozone has a son or daughter around jack jacks new age would be interesting.some new heroes is all I’m sayin with the kids trying to hone their abilities wit their parents guidance, could be good.

  9. The incredibles is my favorite movie.I am so so so so happy that they are making a sequel.

  10. All I have to say is: I hope Pixar comes out with more originality soon. I feel like all these sequels are kind of messing up their style. I always thought of Pixar as the branch of Dismey that came up with all the best original stuff. Now there’s all these sequels. They’re good movies nonetheless, but do they really need them? I’ll be looking forward to Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur. The only sequel I’m really hopeful for is Finding Dory. The

  11. I’ll believe it when I see it. You mean to tell me that it took over 10 years for professional writers to come up with a sequel? It’s their job to create, extend the imagination. And not one person could come up with an idea? You insult us as fans and disservice yourselves as writers. Like I said, I’ll believe it when I see it.

  12. I think Sony should hold an in-your-face premier as close to north Korea as they can get. Place a big target on top of the building, and invite stars and public to a free screening. I’d travel to Cali just to attend