This is terrible... The last true Pixar film for me was UP. After that, they've gone downhill. I know TS3 is excellent as well but something has really changed over there and it's just so sad and frustrating... TS3 has kicked-off a new era in Pixar animation...
Andrew Stanton also said something similar recently:
I remember. But neither is making me happier. I hope Brave is awesome... My respect for Pixar has fallen by 50% in the last 3-4 years
For what? For making sequels? I get that people are worried that Pixar will abandon their original movies in favor of safe sequels that generate a lot of revenue. But like I just stated, what has been announced has been 100 percent original movies, with just one prequel film in existence, Monsters University.
And if sequels happen to be coming, they might happen in 2015 or so in addition to the original films. Besides, are we quick to forget that Pixar's most beloved franchise, Toy Story, has three films, a cartoon spin-off series, two theatrical shorts, smaller shorts for TV, several attractions at Disney and many other things? How come your respect for Pixar didn't disappear when Toy Story went from being a labor of love to a massive corporate franchise?
Oh right, because they were good. I don't mind sequels as long as they are good to great. The only sequel dud we have right now is Cars 2, and Monsters University is still quite far off. So why are we jumping into conclusions and claiming the sky is falling when the acorn hasn't even fallen from its tree?
I'm worried that Pixar is getting greedy. I've worried that the business side is gonna crush the creative side. They've gone from "no sequels unless they're awesome" and "some sequels if people want to work on them" to "we're making more sequels" in 4 years (?). They certainly don't need the money, they have great people there, they are not short of ideas.. so? Why all the sequels / prequels?
We've also read that TS3 and Monsters Uni were picked up by Pixar cause Disney had already started on them. Well, what if Uni can't be the film that TS3 was? And what's next? the cancelled nemo sequel?
I'm holding off my final judgement until I've seen Uni and Brave, but as I've said, my respect for Pixar has lessened greatly - and I have deep respect for they previous films and the people that worked on them.
PS. I know it's early, but Brave is not getting great reviews either