Pixar Chief Creative Officer: No Marvel Movies

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 7:21 pm,

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Pixar is one of the most consistently successful film studios working today – critically, financially, you name it. Thus, when parent company Disney acquired Marvel Comics for a paltry $4 billion( hah), it was only natural for fans far and wide to wonder: Might Pixar be inclined to use their strange movie-making magic to adapt a Marvel property for the big screen?

After all, who wouldn’t want to see, say, the Pet Avengers done in the style of Up or Finding Nemo? Well, want no more, dear readers – because Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter recently put the kibosh on such pipe dreams by saying that there would be no Pixar/Marvel team-ups, now or in the future.

When IGN Movies discussed the possibility of Pixar/Marvel team-ups with John Lasseter, his response was less than enthusiastic.

“No, Pixar, we are — Disney has been great. Bob Iger is phenomenal. I’m Chief Creative Officer of Disney Animation as well, and with Pixar it’s like, ‘Keep doing what you’re doing, guys.’ It’s a filmmaker-driven studio. All of the ideas come from the filmmakers themselves. Working with the filmmakers on ideas.”

When asked if there was any chance at all that we would see a Pixar/Marvel film, Lasseter said:

“No, not at Pixar. We have The Incredibles, so we’ve done superheroes here ourselves and so we have that kind of history with Brad Bird doing The Incredibles.”

On the one hand, I would love to see Pixar adapt a Marvel comic book property, so much so that I don’t even care what that property is. (Although Warren Ellis’ Nextwave would be my preference.) I think The Incredibles actually proved more than anything that superheroes belong in animated films – not exclusively, of course, but they belong.

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Take, for example, Green Lantern. Would we be concerned at all with the issue of shoddy, computer-generated masks and suits and boots, et cetera, if the entire movie had been animated with sure and steady Pixar-employed hands? No, I don’t think so.

On the other hand, I’m glad to see that the people behind Pixar just make whatever the hell they want, whatever way that they see fit. If no one there wants to make a Marvel movie, then it’s better for everybody if they just steer clear of the whole situation. And, who knows, maybe a few years from now Brad Bird will get some bright idea to make a Guardians of the Galaxy animated feature and the John Lasseter of 2014 will say, “Well, we changed our minds.” It could totally happen. (Cross your fingers.)

Pixar’s next film, Cars 2, hits theaters June 24th, 2011.

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  1. Dissapointing but logical.

    • Agreed…this is dissapointing news, but better that they put it to rest than leave it open for fans to get their hopes up, yah know?

      • howard the duck would be a good Marvel/Pixar movie :P

      • This news make me more than pleased. Enough of the overloading with unoriginal franchises.

        Pixar should remain its own world, no criss-crossing, no mish-mashing of other franchises or known names being given the Pixar touch.

        Hollywood is already lacking in originality. Pixar’s one of the very few groups out there that actually brings in original characters. If they do anything similar to sequels or offshoots and such, they should just draw from their own line of movies.

        If they start with one Marvel property, pretty soon every single Pixar movie will be Marvel-based, all because of that “synergy” crap Hollywood loves to cram into theaters.

        Pretty soon, nothing except for pre-existing franchises and characters will find their way to the big screen.

        • u can say that since The Incredibles was basically Pixar version of Fantastic 4.

  2. When he said no,he was serious. He wants to keep Pixar Animation as what its known for,original.

  3. When he said no,he was serious. He wants to keep Pixar Animation as what its known for being,original.

  4. Where is The Incredibles 2?

    • That is what I would LOVE to see!! Wayyyyyy more than Cars 2!

    • Exactly. I could give a rat’s A*s about Marvel toons but Incredibles 2 would be great!

  5. It is too early for Mr. Lasseter to simply say NO. I think they will do a Marvel picture in pixar style animation. I have been excited about that since disney acquired marvel. I don’t think the answer is permanently no. For right now it is no, but I don’t see marvel characters not being in pixar animation. Disney could create a secondary company that will put marvel characters in pixar-style animation, and is only exclusive to marvel characters only.

    And by the way, where is Incredibles 2? I would like to see what the Underminer can do. Didn’t IGN ask him about Incredibles 2? What’s the deal?

    • I hope it is permanently No. I don’t want any diluting of the Pixar product. Marvel entities can, and should, be able to stand on their own.

      If Hollywood executives can’t figure out to sell Marvel properties without having to play mash-up with Pixar, they’re really not in the right business.

  6. Dear Lord, no. We get enough live action Marvel without wasting Pixars time with it. They wouldn’t want to be slaves to the Marvel world when they can create original characters and stories of their own.

    • My thoughts exactly… Pixar is on a amazing streak creating their own stuff that doesn’t look like it will end anytime soon. Don’t get me wrong I love what Marvel has been doing but Pixar does not need them at all.

    • Yeah, i understand that, and highly respect the fact that they want to clearly make animatied films stricly from their own ceativity, and not be bogged down to make films about characters that is not their own. However, I can see marvel characters in that same style animation that has put pixar on the map.

  7. “Might Pixar be inclined to use their strange movie-making magic to adapt a Marvel property for the big screen?”

    I see what you did there Ben ;)

    There was some talk a while back about doing Dr. Strange as an animated feature but I guess that’s DOA now?

    What I don’t really get is why Lasseter is burning that bridge so to speak. I mean if someone at Pixar, of their own volition, dreams up an excellent plot for a Marvel superhero why not do it? As long as Disney doesn’t lay down the law and tell Pixar they want to see movie X about superhero Y, I don’t see what the big hairy deal is.

  8. What a relief! I mean, don’t we have enough people trying to worship Marvel Entertainment? I for one think Pixar is great because they think outside the box and don’t just buy the best scripts off the stack and hire the director who made the most money to direct their films. A movie company with integrity, personality, and original ideas, who’d have thought?

  9. Thank god. Pixar focuses on children based films, and I personally would never want Pixar involved with any type of Marvel or DC movie.

    • Peter Porker and Captain Carrot would be just fine. Also lesser character types that are interesting could also be Pixarated.

      I wouldnt mind seeing it at least attempted. At least some demo of real life characters pixared.

  10. Marvel should tie up with the Square ENIX or the company that made RESIDENT EVIL: degeneration… now that would have great animation

  11. Ya I love the pixar movies when I was a kid

  12. Pixar wants to be known for itself, not as a “merchant” of other properties. I understand why they’re doing this.

    And I do prefer superheroes in real action than animation anyway.

  13. Well I’m glad this studio spelled it out. Maybe they can then concentrate on something original, and no, not necessarily making sequels of their own works (I’d rather see an Incredibles 2 than a Cars 2, but merchandising says those cars sold quite well on store shelves and promo items).

    What I’d like to see for Marvel is for the Pixar “quality” to rub off onto their animated tv shows and animated movies. Whether that be a new studio compromised of Pixar level talents or a revamping of their current standards and practices, whichever gives Marvel a better quality is fine by me – frankly it’s a tight universe that deserves its own dedicated group, not to tax another.

  14. Disney needs a Pixar level studio that is only for Marvel animation. I’m tired of hearing about what Pixar won’t be doing.