‘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. yay!!!

  2. Awesome! The Incredibles was such a fantastic film!


  4. I know I’m in the minority here but the Cars movies arent good.

    HOWEVER, I love The Incredibles.

    • +1 Cars is by far the worst property of Pixar.

    • you’re not in the minority. most people aren’t very big fans of the Cars movies.

      • *most adults* :)

        • I count most of them as legally sane, except for the mentally ill. Almost are kids are insane.

      • Omg i thought i was the only one

    • What gave you the idea that you are in the minority? Damn, even the concept of talking cars sucks imo.

      • talking cars with big round googly eyes*

      • you just went on Michael Knights hitlist

    • Cars 1 was competent, Cars 2 was rubbish.

  5. Yes! I have been waiting for so long!

  6. I really hope Bird returns, it’s not Incredible without him…

    • Yeah I don’t think it would be all that good without him.

  7. Finallly, just doesn’t cut it haha.

  8. Impossible for this to be a bad day, now that I’ve read this news!

  9. shocked its taken this long in the era of superhero movies. we got cars 2 before this lol. hope samuel jackson returns because i liked him. i would also like everyone to be older too. i wanna see the baby the same age as the boy in the last movie. but it probably wont be like that since its a family superhero team.


    Cars 3? Um…meh?

  11. I must be in the minority because I always thought The Incredibles was a good movie but not that great and definitely had its boring moments. I guess it’s cool they’re doing a sequel but I never really thought it needed one.

    • Oh and the international trailer for Godzilla was cool too. It released a few hours ago, shocked it isn’t on the site by now. You’d have thought someone would’ve emailed it in.

      Oh and yay to possible Bananaman movie next year. My childhood is being relived here, just need a Superted movie now and possibly a live action version of M.A.S.K. and Visionaries.

      • Superted I could live without, but M.A.S.K. I’d love to see. However, I think they’d mess it up judging by “G.I.Joe, “Transformers” etc….. I’d actually prefer it if they set it in the 80′s. At least the vehicles and the music had a chance of resembling the cartoon, toys and comics.

  12. WOW, finally! I loved the Incredibles, and it’s the only Pixar movie that truly set itself up for a sequel. Can’t wait for this!

  13. hah yes the incredibles lel op

  14. It’s amazing how many internet film buffs turn up their noses and scoff at Cars. Sure, Disney makes films that translate well to adults and Pixar is the almighty king of well-crafted stories, well-developed characters and overall loved themes, but let’s not lose focus on the fact that it is aimed a kids. If your age is in the double digits then you are not the target audience. Geez screenranters, quit being so damn snobby about a kids movie. I only like it cuz I have a 4yo son who thinks Lightning McQueen is the beez kneez!

    Sorry for the rant, it just drives me nuts to hear all these snobby, stush comments about how much Cars sucks. It’s 100% a movie aimed at pre-schoolers. Oh, and yea, he loves Planes too. Cuz talking vehicles are just awesome.

    *climbs down from soapbox*

    Yay for Incredibles 2!

    • Your comment kind of defeats your overall point. The reason people turn their noses up at Cars is because it wasn’t very good. Sure, it’s a movie made primarily for kids but so were Toy Story, Up, Finding Nemo, etc. All are far superior films. I think it’s okay to criticize cars.

      • Cars was a decent concept but the story just wasn’t there.

        Up….honestly, whenever I see it on TV, I watch for the first 10 minutes then switch off because everything after that is crap.

        • agreed.

  15. Bout damn time!!!

  16. I will take 2 more cars movies every day of the week if it means that we get another incredbiles film.

  17. I hope they make it dark and gritty

    • Ha! Is no superhero movie safe from “dark and gritty”?

    • I *really* hate dark and gritty superhero movies. It worked for The Dark Knight, because Nolan still managed to have fun with it. That’s all I want out of a superhero movie, to have fun watching it. It’s no use if the superhero movie is dark and gritty for no reason other than to be dark and gritty, because I’ll just be sitting there bored out of my mind, or depressed or numb (Oddly enough, those were the things I felt watching Man of Steel).

      Not every superhero movie has to be dark and gritty.

  18. At first we were thinking…. “is Pixar like, down on their luck? Do they need some cash?” Why else would they be digging in the well? (In Cars case it’s because their toys sell like crazy) But then with all the turmoil and changes over at Fox we thought maybe they are trying to have a battle of Fantastic Fours? Ha. Its hard to imagine that they don’t have an excellent story in mind. But is a sequel actually necessary? Hard to imagine that this wont best the live action version… hmmmnn

  19. It’s about time, but I hope it will be on the Toy Story level, instead of Cars and Monsters Inc. I like both movie sequels, but Toy Story 2 (and especially 3) was a pure winner compared to them. With that said… wow, so Pixar is going to the sequel route now.

  20. The Incredibles might be the best super hero flick this decade. Can’t wait for the sequel.

  21. ‘The Incredibles 2 is moving forward,’ YAY!!!
    ‘Cars 3 is in development,; NO!!!

  22. Hrmmmm…. If Brad Bird is involved I’m in. If not it will end up somewhere in between Cars 2 and Monsters U in terms of quality. I don’t want that.

    Also, if this is a legit announcement I really wish they hadn’t made it in tandem with Cars 3. Incredibles and Cars shouldn’t even be in the same sentence together.

  23. When the rights to Fantastic 4 inevitably revert to Disney duw to Fox’s blundering, Brad Bird should be the de facto director, The Incredibles is excellent and I expect the sequel to be great as well.

    • Blundering how?

      Basing it on a comic book released a decade ago with a younger team or do you mean the African American situation?

  24. For some reason I’ve never seen Incredibles or Cars but I’ve seen Cars 2.

  25. Come on mr.Bird.. forget this.. .. please direct Justice League…

  26. Oh man, I’ve been waiting forever for this announcement. The Incredibles is by far my favorite Pixar film, and has been much deserving of a sequel since its initial release. Hoping Bird is attached as director, but if not, I’m still excited.

    Oh and much like everyone, I really dislike the Cars franchise.

  27. finally!

  28. I’m the minority. I like the cars and planes movies. But yeah, I like Incredibles too.

  29. EFFING AWESOME…..let all the characters off the chain…..Edna Mode especially…to funny, to good….great news :-)