Are Pixar Reboots Already in the Works?

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There are a lot of things that Disney fans disagree about nowadays — like the retheming of Splash Mountain into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, the new Country Bear show, and which Disney theme park is the best. However, one of the most divisive issues is Disney’s commitment to live-action remakes, prequels, and sequel movies. While a lot of people liked them at the beginning, they are frustrated at just how many live-action remakes Disney is making.

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Disney live-action remakes really started to take off in 2015 when Disney released Cinderella, starring Lily James, Richard Madden, and Cate Blanchett. Since then, Disney has released nearly a dozen more remakes, including Beauty and the Beast (2017), Dumbo (2019), Aladdin (2019), The Lion King (2019), Pinocchio (2022), and The Little Mermaid (2023).

And now, it looks like another Disney studio might be getting into the remakes and reboots game.

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It’s no secret that Pixar Animation Studios has been struggling. The COVID-19 pandemic struck in March 2020, just weeks after Disney and Pixar released Onward in theaters. Disney quickly released the movie onto its streaming service, Disney+. Then, three more Pixar films were released onto Disney+ — Soul (2020), Luca (2021), and Turning Red (2022).

Sadly, when it started theatrical releases once again, Pixar movies did not fare well. Lightyear (2022) was a complete flop, losing the Mouse House more than $100 million. Then, in 2023, Disney and Pixar released Elemental, which had rave reviews but failed to perform at the domestic box office. However, it did perform well on Disney+ and overseas.

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So, what is Pixar going to do?

Well, Pixar President Jim Morris said that the studio giant is considering rebooting some of its most beloved films.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Morris said that Pixar is examining every option to help get back on the right track.

Morris’ strategy to turn things around involves balancing original movie ideas with sequels and spinoffs, the better to remind audiences what they once loved about Pixar. Every hit of yesteryear is being considered for a reboot, with Finding Nemo and The Incredibles regarded as particularly strong candidates for new titles. Morris aims to make three movies every two years—historically it’s been closer to one a year—with every other title a sequel or spinoff and the rest standalone concepts or potential seeds for new franchises.

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Now, there is one big caveat to this decision. On June 14, Pixar’s highly anticipated sequel, Inside Out 2, will be released in theaters nationwide. The film’s performance at the box office will really let Pixar know how audiences feel about sequels and more original stories. Should the sequel tank, Pixar may have to go back to the material they already know is successful.

Would you like to see Pixar reboot classic movies like Toy Story and Finding Nemo? Let us know in the comments!

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

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