IN a cinematic landscape where sequels, prequels and reboots are all too often a huge disappointment, you can still trust the relatively safe hands of Pixar to get it right.
To celebrate the release of The Incredibles 2, Close-up Culture has ranked Pixar sequels and prequels from worst to best. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
PIXAR may have been best served leaving Cars 2 out of sight in the garage. This sequel is easily the most disappointing film in the entire Pixar catalogue.
AN impressive recovery after the car crash that was Cars 2 veered completely off track. Cars 3 lands most of its emotional beats to tell the comeback story of ageing race car Lightening McQueen. A much better effort although it not quite at the lofty standard we expect from Pixar.
WE jumped back into the Great Barrier Reef for more laughs and tears with a colourful range of aquatic characters. Finding Dory was a satisfactory – albeit rather safe – companion to Finding Nemo.
IN Pixar’s only prequel to date, we discovered what Mike and Sully got up to in their university days. Just like Finding Dory, Monsters University is a welcome Pixar follow up even if it does not reach the level of its precursor.
Toy Story 2
INTRODUCING Jessie to the gang along with that beautifully emotional flashback sequence, Toy Story 2 was a winning first foray into sequels for Pixar.
The Incredibles 2
AFTER a 14-year wait, this loveably dysfunctional family of superheroes return with a film to surpass the original with slick visuals, a lean script and flashy action. Not to forget the more prominent role of superbaby Jack-Jack who steals the show with his numerous powers and raccoon-brawling antics.
Toy Story 3
PIXAR at its finest, Toy Story 3 delivered big in laughs and even larger in tender sequences. A film that displays sequels, when done with care and attention, can tap into familiarity and attachment that brings our emotional investment to another level.