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: I feel like the Pixar narrative has progressed swiftly from disappointment to panic to acceptance; Cars 2
found fans questioning their faith that Pixar would dare release a middling sequel to one of their least-beloved-by-adults movies (though to be fair, a lot of those people resolved to question their faith over Cars 2
long before they saw it) (and to be double-fair, Cars 2
isn't very good), while Brave
somehow counted as cause for alarm because it's not a four-star instant masterpiece (but it is pretty damn good!). With Monsters University
, routine seems to have set in: this isn't going to be all that great, people seem to be saying, but, you know, it's pretty fun and this is the world we live in now. It is indeed: one where an outfit as creatively and financially spotless as Pixar still needs to shore up its franchises with its third sequel in four years. Finding Nemo 2
is coming, too, though it's in the mix with at least three other non-sequel projects that sound swell. And frankly, I don't object to going to see the delightful yammering green eyeball and adorable fuzzy blue guy bicker and banter around other inventively designed monsters while acting out Revenge of the Nerds
(though it may not be as original a production as Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me
). Actually, I'm pretty excited that I can go watch more monster stuff without undoing the lovely bow tied around the end of Monsters, Inc.
But in general, I prefer the model of reviving beloved Pixar characters for exciting new shorts (a la the Toy Story
gang's post-threequel adventures; "Small Fry" in particular is amazing) over spending the company's fantastic resources on franchise maintenance. Maybe a lot of movie geeks seem to be in a shruggy mood over Monsters University
(in ways both good and bad) because they consider it a palate-cleanser before The Good Dinosaur
comes out next summer.