When Pixar first entered our world we were surprised that toys could come to life and change our lives. Pixar has come a long way since then and now Pixar is a household name and the Pixar has a massive presence in the Disney parks. After the release of Toy Story 3 it was thought that Pixar could do no wrong. That their stories were awesome though out stories that had a reason to exist. And so we enter the Experimental Era. In this era we begin to see a lot more sequels. In fact most of these movies are a sequel or a prequel. This is also the first time where Pixar movies did not do as well has they have in the past. This era starts with Cars 2 and is currently still going strong. So lets look at the Pixar Experimental Era and see if the experiments were a success.
We start with Cars 2. This is the first Pixar sequel to not be a Toy Story movie. This movie is hated by pretty much everyone. And I hate it too. They decided to push Lightning McQueen to the parking lot and make Mater the main character and give him a spy movie to drive around in. The main problem here is that there is too much Mater. Mater should have always been a side character. I would have rather seen the relationship with McQueen and Sally be more developed. To go from a movie as massive and epic as Toy Story 3 and then release this junk yard garbage is an embarrassment to the Pixar name. Cars is everywhere and many people believe that the only reason Cars 2 exists is to sell toys. But despite Cars 2 being awful, it made money which paved the road for another sequel that we will talk about later.
Next we have Brave. Brave is not a sequel but is actually Pixar’s first fairytale. Merida is a princess with wild red hair who just wants to be herself and ride her horse and shoot arrows. But her mother has her own plans for her daughter. This movie is very good. I love the story even though there are some plot elements that I think they took from Brother Bear. I love the triplets and when they get turned into bear cubs, they are even cuter. They never talk, but are funny and love their sister and do all they can to help her. Merida is the only Disney official princess that is from Pixar. Her movie did very well but has not spawned a franchise. Brave can be seen in firework shows in the Disney parks as well as in parades. And Merida is a meet and greet character. So give Brave a watch.
Now we come to the first and only prequel movie made by Pixar, Monsters University. Before their days at Monsters Inc. all monsters must attend Monsters University to become good scarers. And this is how Sully and Mike meet. At first they are rivals but eventually the become friends. After learning that Mike is not scary, Sully confides in him that from day one the only reason Sully was successful was because of Mike. Sully believed that just a big loud roar was all that was needed to scare kids. But Mike, despite not being scary uses his big brain to come up with plans to scare people. We also meet Randall for the first time, who at first is friends with Mike. But after being invited to join a fraternity, Randall soon proves himself to be a good scarer. This is also where the rivalry between Sully and Randall starts. Though it is just a college movie with very predictable scenes, this movie is not bad. I love the design of the monsters. Each one is different. They did pretty well with keeping everything about the first movie in tact. We learn why the Abominable Snowman was banished. We see Waternoose and Roz though only through cameos. And like I said we see the friendship of Sully and Mike begin. And now they are the best of friends. I love how they added this movie to the Laugh Floor in Disney. Now instead being a college where you go to learn how to be good scarers now you go to Monster University to learn how to be good comedians. So give Monsters University a chance if you dare.
Now we come to my favorite Pixar movie. I love Inside Out. I love the characters, the story and I love the music. This movie is awesome. I love the emotions and how they play off one another and we literally get to see what is inside our heads. And we learn that sadness has its place and can be useful to deal with your problems. Bing Bong is a sweet imaginary friend that cries candy. We all cried candy to when we was forgotten. I also loved the worlds of Riley’s mind. But at the end of the movie when we look into other people heads and see what they are thinking was the best. I loved the boy, and the cat the best I think. All of the emotions are funny and really make you love this movie even more. Joy is the lead emotion and she loves seeing Riley happy. So when Sadness touches the core memories and makes Riley sad, Joy believes that Sadness is hurting Riley. But we soon learn that Sadness has a place in Riley’s head. Oh I love this movie and I wish there was an Inside Out ride in the Disney parks. This movie did really well at the box office. I would love to see a sequel to Inside Out but it must be as good as this one.
The Good Dinosaur
The Good Dinosaur is one of the worst Pixar movies. The animation is horrible and the dinosaurs look like play dough that you can squish at any time. There is no story. A dinosaur gets lost, needs to find his way back home, his dad dies, meets a boy who acts like a dog. Dinosaur finds home, Spot leaves with no real reason why. I do like the relationship that develops between Spot and Arlo but there is not much else here. I don’t know that this movie is anywhere in the Disney parks which is weird since there is a Dinoland in Animal Kingdom. So maybe Disney doesn’t like this movie either.
People swam to the theaters to see Finding Nemo. It has become one of Disney best achievements. Kids everywhere know Nemo and Dory and they love the story of Finding Nemo. Because of this love, people have wanted a sequel to Finding Nemo for a long time. Well now it is here. Finding Dory is a sweet story about Dory finding her family. She meets new friends along the way and Marlin and Nemo brave many obstacles to find their friend. This movie is very funny and has heart too. And baby Dory is one of Disney’s cutest babies. But in the end Dory finds her family and earns that her short-term memory loss is actually a good thing. It was one of the reasons that she found her parents. And who knew that Marlin could drive a truck? This movie is awesome and is worth a watch. And yes Finding Dory is featured in the Disney parks. Destiny and Bailey sometimes make appearances on Turtle Talk with Crush. Finding Dory did very well at the box office and was the second Pixar movie to cross the $1 billion mark worldwide. Let’s face it, we love Dory.
Though Cars 2 is hated, it did very well at the box office and since Disney loves money, they decided to make another Cars movie. Cars 3 is a much better movie than Cars 2. In this movie Lightning McQueen is back as the main character. In this move Lightning finds that he not as fast as the new young cars. He now must learn how to be a mentor to a new racer like Doc Hudson was to him. This movie is fun and awesome. A major improvement over Cars 2.
Coco is an awesome movie about Miguel who loves to sing. But his family is against him becoming a singer and wants him to become a shoe sailer. He soon finds himself in the land of the dead and learns the reason behind the hate for music in his family. He learns to remember his family and prevent them from experiencing the Second Death when a family member is forgotten. This movie has heart and is a really sweet story. This movie has a small presence in the Disney Parks. But it is only a matter of time before the Three Caballeros ride is changed to a Coco ride. Watch Coco and remember your loved ones who have passed on.
If there was a sequel that was wanted even more than Finding Dory, it has to be a sequel to the Incredibles. Well after years of pleading with Disney to give us a sequel and finally they did. Incredibles 2 is awesome. Elastigirl is now the main character. She is given an opportunity to stop a new mastermind who doesn’t believe superheroes are necessary. Bob is left to take care of the kids. And we have an epic adventure of being a family while saving the world. Jak-Jak was by far the best part of this movie. I loved the Jak-Jak vs the raccoon scene. It is one of my favorite Pixar scenes. So funny and awesome. Is is better than the original? Well the animation is better of course and the story is just as good as the original which makes this movie a good movie. Incredibles 2 is incredible and I am glad that it exists. I would say that it is as good as the Incredibles but the Jak-Jak scene makes it better than the original.
Toy Story 4
Review coming soon
Review coming soon
So there we have it. These are all of the Pixar movies that we have in the era known as the Experimental Era. Some of these movies were awful and we wish they never existed. But others are fan favorites that we couldn’t imagine not having in our life. So if the experiment was to have more Pixar, I would say that the experiment was a success. Is Pixar making too many sequels? Maybe but of the sequels we got, most of them we wanted. Bottom line is that Pixar is awesome and is here to stay. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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