Of all the Pixar properties that have received sequels, many fans have questioned why The Incredibles never received a follow-up, whereas movies like Cars and Monsters Inc. got their own sequels/prequels (Toy Story has too much nostalgia for me to criticize any additions to the franchise). Well, the long wait is finally over. During a shareholder meeting in Portland, Ore. today, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that there are plans to produce The Incredibles 2, as well as Cars 3.
It’s official: we’re currently working on new films featuring your favorite characters from The Incredibles and Cars! pic.twitter.com/HzdvF0rvpA
— Disney•Pixar (@DisneyPixar) March 18, 2014
There are no plot details yet, but Iger did say that director Brad Bird is working on a story for The Incredibles 2. This news comes one day after the announcement that The Incredibles would be re-released in theaters in 3D. However, if this sequel comes to fruition, don’t expect to see it for many years. Pixar’s upcoming releases include Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur in 2015, Finding Dory in 2016 and an untitled film about Dia de los Muertos which hasn’t set a date yet. There are also two untitled films set for release in 2017 and one set for 2018, so it’s possible The Incredibles 2 could nab one of those spots.
Personally, I couldn’t care less about Cars 3. While it’s a a financially successful franchise (which also includes the Planes movies), it’s never held the same type of Pixar charm that I enjoyed growing up. An Incredibles sequel, however, it something I’m definitely on board with. Considering it’s unusual these days for a superhero movie NOT to get s sequel, I’ve always wondered why we didn’t ever follow up on the Parr family and their super powered adventures. Aside from possibly having to find a new voice actor for Dash, it’s likely the rest of the original cast will return.
I waited 11 years for Toy Story 3, so I think I can stick in for the long 14 year or longer wait for The Incredibles 2. Live-action superhero movies may be all the rage now, but there’s nothing like a fun animated superhero flick that warms your heart. Oh crap, now I’m getting all sentimental…