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Yet Another Sequel is in the Works at Pixar, Despite the Studio’s Promise to Fans

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Credit: Pixar Animation Studios/Canva

Just months before Inside Out 2 (2024) is slated for a theatrical release, Pixar Animation Studios is beginning work on yet another sequel, despite the fact that the studio promised fans that Toy Story 4 (2019) would be its last sequel for a while.

Pixar’s Broken Promise

Pixar’s most lucrative film to date,¬†Incredibles 2, was released in June 2018, and in June 2019, when the studio released the fourth¬†Toy Story¬†film, Pixar said it would call it quits on the sequels for a while (remember when Pixar didn’t make sequels because the creativity was overflowing at the studio?).

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“Incredibles 2” (2018)/Credit: Pixar Animation Studios

But in 2022, another sequel, or prequel, as it were, was released as Lightyear–though not a sequel–serves as a piece of the Toy Story puzzle, aiming to tell the story of the space ranger who inspired the creation of the Buzz Lightyear action figure.

Lightyear, however, did not have the same success as Incredibles 2. In fact, the film was a complete flop, forever counted among the Disney-owned films of 2022 that only added to the company’s increasing losses at the box office.

Sequels Seem to Be the Way of Pixar Now

Inside Out 2 is scheduled for a theatrical release on June 14, 2024, and in February 2023, before the film had wrapped production, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that a fifth installment of the Toy Story franchise is in the works as Disney looks to its most popular animated franchises–Frozen, Zootopia, and¬†Toy Storyto right the ship at the box office for the company.

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Another Sequel is in the Garage at Pixar

This week, news of a fourth Cars film in the works at Pixar has begun making the rounds.

The news comes from Jay Ward, the Creative Director of Franchise at Pixar Animation Studios, who was recently interviewed during the 2023 Porsche Rennsport Reunion Event for The Late Brake Show. During the interview, the host of the show, Jonny Smith, asked Ward about further Cars franchise projects, and Ward, who doubles as a car enthusiast, admitted that the creative brains at Pixar are currently working on another project, but it will be a while before fans get to see what Lightning McQueen is up to next.

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Credit: Pixar Animation Studios

“There are more ‘Cars’ things brewing,” Ward explained during the interview. “I can’t say much more yet. ‘Cars’ has got a life that will keep going, [and] I am working on some real fun projects right now that you will see in a couple of years. It takes us a while to make them.”

Ward says that Pixar never realized just how big the¬†Cars¬†franchise would become, saying that things just continued to grow. He explained that part of the popularity of the franchise is due to the presence of home video at the time of the first film’s release.
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Credit: Pixar Animation Studios

“It became so much bigger than we expected,” Ward admitted. “Every day, a new child sees it for the first time, which we did not expect. The interesting thing was that ‘Cars’ came out in 2006, and this is when DVDs were quite popular. It was popular theatrically when it came out, but it grew more popular.”
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Credit: Pixar Animation Studios

There’s no word yet on a release date for the new¬†Cars¬†project, and it’s not entirely clear whether it will be referred to as¬†Cars 4 or have a different title altogether.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!

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