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Pixar President Ed Catmull on Sequels and Grooming New Talent

by on July 1, 2013

Buzzfeed.com has spoken with Pixar President Ed Catmull, who stated the studio’s strategy of releasing “one and a half” films per year, with one original film per year and a follow-up to an earlier film every other year (including the upcoming Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo). While Pixar’s first 10 films were all original, 3 out of the 4 most recent releases were sequels with Cars 2 and Monsters University receiving lukewarm critical reception even as the studio continued its winning box-office streak.

Catmull also addressed the need to groom new talent to sustain the studio’s legacy, stating, “When Walt [Disney] died, he didn’t pass the baton to anybody else, and so they went downhill after that. So John [Lasseter] and I take very seriously the fact that we need to get people up to the level where they can tell original films.” The last 2 Pixar movies were directed or co-directed by first-time directors (Brave‘s Brenda Chapman and Pete Docter, and Monsters University‘s Dan Scanlon), and the upcoming The Good Dinosaur to be helmed by Bob Peterson (who had co-directed Up with Pete Docter).

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