A little bird told me that Pixar announced their plans to develop sequels for Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Cars in the coming years. Naturally, I checked Wikipedia, and it’s true! Although I’m excited, I tend to feel nervous that sequels won’t live up to their original film (I’ve been hurt before), but I realized I’m not nervous at all about these sequels—because I believe in Pixar.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Pixar fan. Deep down, I think we all are. Whatever our adult lives resemble, we all started out as starry-eyed children. The animated Disney films my fellow millennials and I grew up with gave us our first glimpse of adventure, romance, miracles, friendship, and adversity. But before our beloved, grainy VHS tapes showed us Aladdin flying through the cave of wonders, there was a generation of children enraptured by the weekly broadcast of Dick Tracy and Superman on the evening radio. And before that, there were the stories that a grandpa told from his armchair by the fire. It’s the same in every generation, from every corner of the world; people are drawn to stories.
Pixar understands the importance of a good story. In fact, Emma Coats, a Pixar Story Artist, compiled the writing methodologies used by her team into a simple list, “The 22 Rules for Phenomenal Storytelling.” I think the unique thoughtfulness of these rules speak for themselves.
In 2014, Disney produced 12 movies, while Pixar spent the whole year refining just one, Inside Out, which the critics raved was “impressive; insightful; delightful; the best movie I’ve seen in a long time.” Of course, Pixar must know they could rake in a tremendous profit by churning out a string of perfectly enjoyable movies each year, but instead, they take the time to carefully apply these 22 rules and create the best stories possible. What can I say, the proof is in the pudding.
For more about Inside Out, see Pixar Generation, by Megan Wallin.