It's that fourth sequel that gets everyone's feathers ruffled about the future of PIXAR being so sequel driven....Cars 2. Here's a movie that manages to stuff major flaws like a borderline incomprehensible plot, terrible pacing and wasting Bruce Campbell into one major motion picture. True, future sequels could be more on the lines of Toy Story 3 in terms of quality, but taken as basic concepts, the likes of Cars 3 (sigh) and Toy Story 4 (oh God, just shoot me now) just seem like Cars 2-esque cashgrabs. Next summer brings one particular project from PIXAR that feels like the very defenition of a cashgrab sequel, Finding Dory, a sequel that, like Cars 2, shifts the focus onto a scene-stealing side character from the first movie.
Finding Dory just debuted its first trailer, which you can watch below.
Who knows, maybe Finding Dory will surpass all of my skepticism and become something special. It's at least cool that Andrew Stanton (Director of Finding Nemo, WALL-E and the criminally underrated John Carter) is coming back to helm this movie. Right now though, this teaser seems extremely pedestrian both in the production qualities of the trailer itself and the footage from the movie that we see here. Right now, I'm certainly not optimistic for the sequel heavy future of PIXAR.