Monsters, Inc. Sequel in the Works?

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monstersinc Monsters, Inc. Sequel in the Works?

Flying high on the critical and box-office success of Disney/Pixar’s latest masterpiece, UP director Pete Docter could easily be forgiven for taking some time off to revel in his achievement. Of course, taking breaks has never been popular at Pixar, so it’s no surprise to hear that Docter is already back at work on an all-but confirmed sequel to Disney/Pixar’s 2001 film, Monsters, Inc.

Slash Film, working off of information from Jim Hill, recently reported that buyers attending the 2009 Licensing International Expo in Las Vegas were treated to a preview session of Disney/Pixar’s upcoming features, one of which was Pete Docter’s Monsters, Inc. 2. It is important to note that a sequel has yet to be confirmed by Pixar, so this report should still be taken as speculative, but it is exciting news nonetheless.

While the cynic might decry Pixar for opting to produce another sequel instead of an original feature – the company already has Cars 2 and Toy Story 3 in the works – I actually think a sequel to Monsters, Inc. could be pretty good. Sure, the original was terrific and there’s probably no need for a sequel, but there was no need for a Toy Story sequel either and look at how good Toy Story 2 was.

Above all else, Pixar is interested in producing quality movies. Do you really think they won’t be able to come up with another great story for Sully and Mike? However, what I would really love to see is a sequel to The Incredibles. Of course, Brad Bird will be tied up for the next few years with his own non-Pixar projects, including the live-action film 1906, so perhaps an Incredibles sequel is still a little too far in the future to speculate about.

What do you think? Are you excited about a Monsters Inc. sequel, or do you think Pixar should stick to original features?

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  1. If this is true then Pixar is becoming like all other studios and they will probably make sequels to all their films eventually. I do not have a problem with this as I love the Pixar brand..we know they will only do sequels if they have extraordinary material to work with..so quality is ot the issue..I just hope a little of the lustre doesn’t wear off as they are starting to appear to be doing this for money and I remember when Pixar said sequels were not even remotely a priority for that studio…That being said bring on a sequel to the Incredibles!!!

  2. I don’ know why Pixar is going with sequels, instead of new and fresh idea like they’ve done so far. From all of its films, I think the only ones that should have sequels are Toy Story, of course (which will noe be its first trilogy) and The Incredibles, as stated in the article.

  3. This is GREAT news! I thought the first Monsters, Inc. was great. I also loved the short “Mike’s Car” or something like that. Bring on more Monsters!!!

    I, too, would LOVE to see a sequel to “The Incredibles”! Possibly one of the best animated movies ever made. I’m sure that Pixar has PLENTY of original ideas for films in the works, so as long as they don’t stick soley to sequels, I think it’s great to get new stories from characters that are so well done. Can’t wait to go see “UP!”

  4. @Andy S

    I can almost guarantee you will love UP. Make sure to bring tissues though. There are some pretty heart-wrenching moments.

  5. It’s not exactly the news I was hoping to hear, of course. It’s not that a sequel is going to be bad, because as long as Pixar’s scruples remain intact then it will virtually always be worth seeing whatever they do with it.

    No, what disappoints me is the fact that the resources that go into more sequels are resources that will not be going into an original story, and of all the great things Pixar has done, especially since “The Incredibles” the greatest in my opinion are the constant surprises that come with being presented with an entirely new universe with an entirely new set of rules each and every time, – and having each one be carried off so professionally and with passion.

    I want to feel as refreshed as I did after seeing “Ratatouille”, “The Incredibles”, and most recently, “Up”.

    I loved “Toy Story II”, and I’ll probably love “Toy Story III”, but will I love it as much as the original idea that didn’t get made in it’s place? These movies take so long to make right, and while it’s always going to be ultimately their decision on what films get made and which one’s don’t I would think that an original idea would be more fun to work on than repeating characters and universes already explored and whose stories have already been told well.

    Perhaps, as when they first brought Brad Bird in to direct “The Incredibls” to prevent them from going stale, they need to bring in another great talent to shake things up a bit and go once again in daring new directions, to continue blazing the trail that started back in 2004 with “The Incredibles”.

  6. I just rewatched Monsters, Inc. and was saying this one could use a sequel. I mean they did an amazing job with Toy Story 2 and it wouldn’t work for all their movies, like I love Finding Nemo but don’t think they need more. But Monsters, Inc. could work. It was upsetting to hear that Cars was getting a sequel before this. So at least there’s this rumor…

  7. Have u guys forgotten about “A Bug’s Life” ?

  8. There has to be a sequel!!!! There was a big cliffhanger at the end lol Man i loved that last scene. Another movie i want a sequel for(i know its not a Pixar film) is The Iron Giant :) great movie.

  9. I had one or two additional thoughts to add and then I’ll quiet down for awhile.

    First, as one critic I read once said, there are films we as fans want to see, and then there are the films we REALLY want. In our heads, we think we want sequels to movies we love, but I would argue that more often than not this desire is not based on some aspect about the original that left them unfulfilled, or thought that something needed to be more fully explored, but rather it is a desire for more for the sake of having more. Thankfully, when Pixar produced it’s only sequel, it made sure there was something left to explore, which gives hope where other studios would quickly just thoughtlessly dish out a repeat – hopefully the sequels on slate will be made for the right reasons and that Pixar isn’t letting up on the gas pedal.

    However, the films we really want, deep down, are the ones whose universes we haven’t explored at all yet. The human imagination is vast, yet the temptation to repeat ones self is huge because it’s an easier path.

    I used to be one of the large numbers of Pixar fans who spoke of their desire to see that most desired of sequels, “The Inredibles”, but have since reneged on that desire, after seeing the studio push themselves to height after height since. I’ve been to the universe the Incredibles gave us, and I loved it, but I’d rather be surprised now with ideas I don’t even know I like yet because they haven’t been imagined.

    It’s a lesson learned in “Ratatouille” when Anton Ego joyfully exclaims: “Surprise me!”. It would be a pity if Pixar forgot the lesson they themselves evoked so well in that film, which is still in my top two favorites in their library.

  10. @JerseyCajun

    Very well put. Having said that, give me more Incredibles!
    I actually thought The Incredibles would have made a great TV series.

  11. You know, it’s ironic.

    Of all the announcements of film projects Pixar has ever come out with – Old men in helium lifted homes, rat chefs, dysfunctional superhero families, Post-apocolyptic sci-fi robot love stories, it’s the announcements of sequels that has me most concerned.

  12. I’m yet to see a bad Pixar film (yes, I liked Cars), so hopefully this will be good.

    I just kinda hope they don’t bring back Boo, I think the ending to the first Monsters Inc was perfect, no need to ruin it.

  13. Every Pixar film deserves a sequel! Personally they could have said anything and I would have been excited.

  14. Gosh, the next thing you know, Pixar will be making Prequels! Not good!

    Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Pixar; in particular, their creativity and originality in their storyline. This is their differentiation (especially in this day and age where Tom Dick and Harry are rebooting the same idea). However, if Pixar does start milking the cashcow like everyone else is, I fear it will travel the same path as Shrek has.. or Terminator… or… or… or… Star Wars (OMG!!!)

  15. @DonIsGood

    Remember, Pixar has done something not many are capable of, they’ve done a sequel to a great movie that not only was as good as said movie, but, some say, was actually better.

    Frankly, Pixar told me they were going to make a movie about fish and I was skeptical, only to come out of the cinema with tears in my eyes.

    Pixar told me they were going to do a film about a rat and I was skeptical, I just re-watched that film for the nth time yesterday.

    Pixar told me they were going to do a post apocalyptic movie about a robot who teaches other robots to love and teaches humans the meaning of life… and the first half of it will be like a silent movie. We all know how that turned out.

    Right now, Pixar can sell me anything and you can bet I’ll be off to watch it. Old man ties balloons to his house and takes off? Sure, why the hell not.

  16. I can get behind a Monster’s Inc sequel. But Cars definitely does not need a sequel. The only thing good about that movie was Paul Newman, and obviously he won’t be back for the sequel.

  17. @ Joshi,

    You’re actually making my point for me.

    If Pixar can sell you on any idea, why settle for going back to places you’ve already been? Even if they’re great (and their process makes it a good bet that they’ll at least be good) isn’t it more refreshing to see characters and places you haven’t been yet?

    If they announced after Finding Nemo that the next four films would be sequels, where do you think all the great stories you were once skeptical of, but now admire, would have ended up? The waste basket. Spending five years on a film takes a lot of resources, and you can’t spend it twice, so why keep going back to the well when you can continue to blaze a trail forward and mature as a studio?

    Again, it’s not that I’m doubting any of these sequels will be good, I’m beginning to question whether the drive to push forward towards a more varied and diverse studio is still there or not. Pixar’s biggest attraction to me has always been the variety. Sequels diminish that.

  18. Right, but Pixar did so well the last time they did a sequel, I see no reason why they shouldn’t do another. And it’s not as if they’re ONLY going to do sequels, Pixar are currently churning out a film every year and most of them are original creations. So we get a sequel every now and then, movies that are still damned good Pixar movies anyway, what’s the harm since they’re also doing the original stuff as well. Best of both worlds really. There isn’t a single studio in the world that can match Pixar’s track record.

    The thing about Pixar is that they create these worlds, these amazingly unique worlds and then they tell you a story which is great, but we all know that that story hasn’t fully explored that world because the stories are always small intimate stories (which I’ve nothing against and I’m not begrudging them for it, it’s one of the things I love about Pixar).

    With Toy Story, it was this idea of what it would be like to be a Toy, in Monsters Inc, they created a whole new world of Monsters. They develop these worlds that hold so much potential that it’s kind of a shame that that potential is wasted on single films. I loved Monsters Inc and as a whole, I think the story is just amazing and were there no more stories to take place in that world, I’d be fine with that because I liked how it played out. But with it’s potential, I can see why they’d want to go back to it.

  19. @ Joshi,

    If the Monsters Inc. info is true, that would make 3 out their next five films, sequels.

    Toy Story III,
    Cars II
    Monsters, Inc. II

    against:

    Newt
    The Bear And The Bow

    I wasn’t all that concerned when Toy Story III was announced. A little bit when Cars II was, but if the latest info is true, then for the first time, Pixar’s slate will be more than half made up of sequels.

    It’s not just that we’ve seen these worlds before, it’s just that eventually you run out of significant things to say about them. I thought at least with Toy Story III, the inevitable dealing with the equivalent of toy “death” (being discarded) would probably provide final closure to these characters, and with Cars II, the chance to take the concept and finally elevate it to the level of the other Pixar films, so I least thought I understood the reasons for them, but with Monster’s Inc. here we have characters who have gone through a complete arc in a story that was more than successful enough to satisfy and a happy ending with no loose ends. Again, if true, I don’t see any reason (from a film fan’s perspective) to want to go back again, that is, of course, aside from the desire simply to have more for the sake of having it.

    Knowing Pixar’s system, every one will still be a worthwhile exercise, but they made the mistake of spoiling us with the last set of films, which became ever more mature in theme and story. Toy Story’s universe could pull off that level of newfound maturity. Cars II? Not as likely. Monster’s Inc. II, would similarly be hard pressed to advance the ball to where Pixar has been going to lately.

    I could understand if it was only one out of four films that was a sequel, but I just can’t get as excited for these as I was when the concepts were both good and fresh.

    I don’t even think Dreamwork’s slate has as many sequels or based-on-previous films in production, by percentage. One of the differences between the two studios was that Pixar had built a name not only on quality, but on originality.

  20. I always felt that out of all their films The Incredibles deserved a sequel the most.

  21. I take it back, Dreamworks still is scheduled to make 66% of it’s upcoming films sequels, Pixar: 60% (If the rumor of Monsters’ Inc. is true).

    Still, it’s a lot closer than it should be, in my opinion.

  22. Wait, forgot to add in Dreamwork’s “Oobermind”, brings it down to 57% compared to Pixar’s 60% (same caveats apply).

  23. I used to be really enthusiastic about the idea of a “Monsters, Inc.” sequel, because unlike many fans, especially those of Mike, Sulley and Boo, I did NOT feel that all “loose ends” were closed. However, let me state that I’m a bit bothered by Pixar’s falling back on a worn-out Saturday morning formula of “Good Guys vs. Bad Guys, Good Guys Kill Bad Guy and Take All His Stuff, No Questions Asked”. I honestly thought that Pixar was above that, that they had more originality than that, and that they wouldn’t resort to more negative stereotyping to sell a film, either. “Up” just confirmed that I have been wrong. I’ve long been a big fan of Randall in “Monsters, Inc.”, and have felt like there was a huge potential for real character development with this guy that Pixar missed out on, opting for that Saturday morning cartoon formula instead. I have serious doubts, that if he’s in the sequel at all(and he IS in a Pixar-endorsed comic from BOOM! Studios, a sort of “prequel to the sequel” due out in August, so that confirms he survived the first movie), that they are going to portray him as anything other than the stereotypical unredeemable Saturday morning villain who can’t learn from mistakes and who ultimately “gets it” in the end from the angelic “heroes”. I hope Pixar proves me wrong, but I’m not holding out much hope for this one.

  24. @ pitbullady,

    What were the loose ends at the end of Monster’s Inc.? The bad guys are arrested/exiled, Mike and Sully make up, Boo is returned to the human world, and Sully even gets to see her again. There really wasn’t much more to it than that.

  25. @JerseyCajun

    That 60% is predicated on the fact that if they made a Monsters Inc 2, it’d come out in 2013, a year after Cars 2. Since the next 4 films will be, in order, Toy Story 3, Newt, The Bear and the Bow and Cars 2, there’s a good chance they may have another original film or two in the works to come out before Monsters 2. With 4 films already set to come out within the next 3 years, that means that even if Monsters 2 does come to pass, it likely won’t go into, even pre-production until next year at the least, maybe even 2 years, and with a 4 year production, we’ll likely not see it for a while. Either way, I agree, I would like to see more original stuff coming from them, but I’m not going to resent them for doing a Monsters 2.

    As for what I said about lost potential, I simply meant the world that they created, not the story, maybe not even the characters (although it probably will be Mike and Sulley centric again). And I understand what you mean about their movies growing in maturity and I do want them to carry on down this road, but that doesn’t mean they can’t, every so often create movies with the innocence and sincerity that a movie like Monsters Inc had. That movie was none-the-worse for a lack of maturity and Pixar have shown that they can excel at both, so why not do both? Why should they have to go down a predetermined path of films that must become more mature each time until they end up with their own equivalent of The Godfather? I’m not saying they shouldn’t, I’m simply saying they shouldn’t forget the types of movies they used to make which were still great and if they can make movies like that again, I don’t see why not.

    I understand your reservations, I really do, I just don’t really think it’s as bad as you think it is. :)

  26. NEVER WAS A HUGE FAN OF MONSTERS INC, NOT SAYING IT WAS BAD, JUST NOT THAT MEMORABLE, I WOULD DEFINATELY LIKE TO SEE INCREDIBLES 2 OVER THIS, AND IF BRAD BIRD HAS MOVED ON THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER WRITER/DIRECTORS WHO COULD HANDLE THAT PROJECT. PIXAR REALLY NEEDS TO STEP UP THEIR GAME, YOU GOT DREAMWORKS PUMPING OUT 2 SOMETIMES 3 FILMS PER YEAR, WHILE PIXAR IS STILL ONLY DOING 1. I KNOW UP IS DOING VERY WELL, BUT IT WILL PROBABLY TOP OFF THE SAME AS WALLE AND RATATOUILLE AROUND 230M WHICH IS GREAT BUT NOT THE 260M THAT CARS, INCREDIBLES, AND TOY STORY 2 DID, NOT TO MENTION FINDING NEMOS 340M TAKE. ITS A SHAME THEY COULD’NT HAVE TS3 FOR NOV 09 FOLLOWING THE SAME RELEASE TIME AS THE FIRST TWO 1995, 1999 RESPECTIVELY, THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT END OF THE YEAR HIT FOR DIS/PIX.

  27. @EJK

    Lay off the caps lock dude, it’s not good for you.

    And remember, when comparing Pixar to Dreamworks, it’s all about quality, not quantity. Since 2004 Dreamworks have released 13 movies theatrically compared to 5 from Pixar.

    But, out of Dreamworks 13, only 3 got above 80% on Rotten Tomatoes (and I’m graciously including Wallace and Gromit in there although that was really Aardman with funing from Dreamworks). With Pixar, 4 out of those 5 films released not only got over 80% but were all in the high 90′s.

    Dreamworks can churn out many films a year because they spend little time and money on developing story and characters. I’m happy for Pixar to spend a little more time doing this if it means we get great movies.

  28. i’d actually prefer to see a complete toy story trilogy, so pixar can finally get that out of their hands and work on even better films, and cars deserves a second chance of redemption to live up to the names & quality of the other pixar films, and yes even tho i liked cars, it could’ve been way better, before it gets twisted like both of these series have been into a kiddie like merchandise, an example of this is: my (little) cousin has a cars themed Tv; i was looking on toysrus and say several things (couches, etc) based on the toy story films, etc. and i don’t thing (and hope) that that has not happened to any of the other films (yet,) dreamworks i used to like, and may still after watching theyre newly announced films, but after shrek 2, they seem to have become crappy moviemakers and have since then mimicked other studios films (remember shark tale?) and no i would not want an incredibles sequel, because all of theyre films are great as it is, and they made it so that having sequels for said films would make them crappy (i agree), nonetheless i have my utmost faith in pixar in what it has in store for us in the following years, since it promised us that it would only make sequels if they were as good or even better than the original, (plus theyre a good studio) so theyre, i rest my case.