For over a decade, Pixar fans have waited and hoped for a sequel to 2004's The Incredibles. That wait ends this week with the release of Incredibles 2. This sequel film also reduces the number of Pixar's standalone films to eight. But while The Incredibles was the Pixar film that perhaps people most wanted to see a sequel to, it is not the only possibility out there; in fact, there is a case to be made that some of the studio's other standalone films also deserve another outing on the big screen.
There is always the danger of sequel fatigue, and I think most of us love seeing original stories from Pixar. Still, it doesn't have to be an either/or situation. As Pixar focuses on original movies, like its intriguing suburban fantasy movie, the studio can still revisit beloved properties or ones that deserve a second crack or have more story to tell. After all, if Pixar only made original movies and eschewed sequels entirely, we would have been denied Toy Story 2 and 3, arguably one of the greatest trilogies in the history of cinema. So with that in mind, it's worth looking at which of Pixar's remaining standalone films need a sequel and which ones absolutely do not.
This is not necessarily a measure of quality or deservingness of a sequel, but more about where it would make sense to have one and which of Pixar's films demand a sequel. For example, some great films from the studio have simply told their story and should be left as is. Here are Pixar's eight standalone films and whether or not they need a sequel.
One of Pixar's simpler and stranger films, Brad Bird's Ratatouille has held up extremely well since its release. The director has stated that he personally isn't interested in making a Ratatouille 2, but that doesn't mean that we can't get one down the line. There is something sweet about the smaller scale of Ratatouille's story, and while the narrative itself doesn't demand a sequel, the need for one comes from simply wanting to spend more time with these characters. A sequel could again tell a small story with these characters as we follow Remy, Linguini and Colette in their new bistro, La Ratatouille. Also given that the Paris pavilion at EPCOT is getting a new Ratatouille ride in time for Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary in 2021, what better time to get another taste of France.
While some films that weren't hits can still warrant or justify a sequel, sometimes a film's success has to come into play. Such is the case with The Good Dinosaur. Less than three years old, this film has almost completely vanished from the zeitgeist. Pixar's lowest-grossing film went through many changes during production and while that isn't a guarantee of mediocrity, this time it was. The Good Dinosaur was ultimately all-style and no substance. Despite its gorgeous visuals, it committed the cardinal sin of being unmemorable in story and character. Telling a dinosaur story was a good instinct and perhaps the studio can try again someday, but with an entirely new tale. This one simply does not warrant a sequel.