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Daily Debate: Which animated movie should never get a prequel/sequel?

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When a film is a success, movie studios want to keep riding the wave of that success by releasing a follow up film in the form of a sequel or prequel. After all, they’ve already invested a lot of time and money into the initial film in the creation of characters, world building, and visual development. It only makes sense to capitalize on that even more by piggybacking off all that hard work. Also, when the audience demands another, how can you say no?

However, there are some movies that should never have a prequel or sequel. This may be because they are considered sacred cows to the studio or, perhaps, the original was so bad that it just simply doesn’t warrant making another film.

So that brings us to today’s Daily Debate topic:

Which animated movie should never get a sequel or prequel?

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  • Anonymous

    I would say Up. It’s pretty perfect as is.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I didn’t find Up to be that great as most Pixar fans say it is but I agree. The end credits photos were good enough to show what happens to Carl, Russel and Dug after their adventure in South America.

  • Rachel Wagner

    Pinocchio should never have a sequel. It would just be about a little boy. It’s kind of like Beauty and the Beast in that way.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Well DisneyToons did have the plans for a direct to video sequel and I do hope you’re happy Rachel it didn’t happen. However, if there was one excuse for it, I would just bring most of the villains back to settle unfinished business.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Besides, I normally prefer a movie where the antagonists in the story are connected in someway and not just by theme. Where of course they are in the end punished, reformed or escape after plan fails vowing to fight another day.

    • Juuchan17

      Well, there was that Filmation “sequel” that was trippy as all heck… but no one remembers that one. (Prove me wrong, I dare ya)

      People just think Disney shouldn’t make sequels/prequels to their adaptations of classic stories.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I have seen Happily Ever After with Irene Cara as Snow White.

        • Juuchan17

          Ah, yes… the “sequel” to Snow White that Disney never dared to do that basically killed Filmation. I kinda like what it was going for though with the “girl power” angle, but most of it was pretty terrible. It’s a guilty pleasure at best.

          Pinocchio’s “sequel”, “Pinocchio & the Emperor of the Night” is just… meh. Trippy like Disney’s at times, but with a stronger moral/message about taking free will for granted… I kinda like it more than “Happily Ever After”, surprisingly.

          • Manuel Orozco

            I actually liked Happily Ever After. But it will never beat the magic of Disney’s Snow White. Except I watched Mirror Mirror last year which I thought wasn’t going to be that good.

  • Manuel Orozco

    Ratatouille has to be the #1 Pixar film that should not get a direct sequel. I feel the ending was too perfect to set it up!

  • Alex Beezley

    Chicken Run is one of my favorite animated films. Nevertheless, I do not see a sequel adding anything new to the story, not to mention that it would likely pale in comparison to the original. Thankfully, Aardman does not seem to be too big on sequels (aside from the Wallace and Gromit shorts and the upcoming Shaun the Sheep sequel).

  • Fadi Antwan

    Toy Story 3 because never has a franchise in history “ended” more perfectly. But now they screwed that up, and I’ll never stop being mad over it.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I was like this at first but I’m now cautiously excited for Toy Story 4

      • Fadi Antwan

        I’ll probably enjoy it, but that still won’t justify it for me, except in the one in a million chance that I like it better than TS3 (my favorite animated film of all time).

        • Manuel Orozco

          Well I’m predicting it will be enjoyable as the 2nd movie but does live up to the magic of 1 and 3.

  • I think Moana is a fine standalone film and it wouldn’t be necessary to add more to it since it’s ending tied up all the loose ends for me.

    • Manuel Orozco

      As much as I loved it, I won’t mind having a Moana sequel.

  • I guess one that I think doesn’t necessaril need to make one is Sing. I hear they’re working on one but I think it was just so special that making a sequel would be very tricky to do. I’m open to what they’ll do with the sequel but I didn’t think at the end of it that it “screamed” sequel, just a very personal opinion….(sorry!!!)

    • Manuel Orozco

      Well I’m okay with the sequel to Sing being made. But what I’m hughly skeptical about is Illumination also developing Minions 2 which I believed was not necessary. Just imagine the possibilities Buster and the theatre’s gang story can go from here.

      • I’m still open to it I just can’t think of what they’d do is all RIGHT NOW
        Take this opinion with a GRAIN OF SALT

        • Manuel Orozco

          True never know what can happen just wait and see.

          • I am still open to it ok, this was a hard comment to make!!

          • Manuel Orozco

            That’s okay

    • It’s Illumination Entertainment, so most of their better films will become franchises.

      • Manuel Orozco

        True but although I’ve seen all Illumination movies except Hop, I think Sing and Despicable Me 2 are their best work yet.

  • On Twitter in particular, I’ve seen a lot of begging for a Wall-E 2. I’m not exactly in that camp. The ending of that movie doesn’t lend itself well to another feature like some other Pixar films do.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I don’t blame you because Wall-E was enjoyable but I didn’t find it that great as most Pixar fans say either. The end credits although I didn’t get to finish it kinda filled in the blanks of the world being rebuilt.

      • Wall-E is actually my second least favorite Pixar film. I don’t talk about it much because I know a lot of people love it, but I don’t. Found it to be boring. Even if it was sequel was plausible, I wouldn’t go see it in theaters.

        • Manuel Orozco

          To each their own and I understand

        • Manuel Orozco

          By the way, what did you mean by found it to be boring?

          • I thought the first two acts were fairly drab, lacking both in impactful visual storytelling and dialogue. Which was odd to me, since I loved the Pixar shorts before it (those didn’t have dialogue either). So I don’t fully blame the silent aspect of Wall-E for boring me. But rather, its monotone execution.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Well wasn’t too boring for me. I was just new to the silent film elements. But still managed to keep me engaged most of the time. It’s been almost a decade since I’ve seen Wall-E.

          • I don’t even think Wall-E is a poor movie or anything. It’s just above average, which honestly isn’t a bad place to be. Again, I’m glad other people can find enjoyment in it.

          • Manuel Orozco

            True but ultimately Pixar doesn’t make a bad tasting movie. Like I said, they always turn the craziest ideas by first impression into something beautiful.

          • So true. Even their lesser work has something praiseworthy about it (whether it be the animation or the soundtrack).

          • Manuel Orozco

            Even Good Dinosaur has one of the most memorable scores I’ve heard in a while.

          • TGD has an amazing soundtrack. Definitely one of my favorites.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Well I don’t consider the movie a favorite but the score was surprisingly evocative. Especially it’s occasional use of Midwestern American rhythms.

    • Jeremiah

      I’m on the fence. Sometimes I think it would be cool if it was super good, other times I just think it would mess everything up, the whole point is how it ends.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I agree Jeremiah about the whole point

        • Jeremiah

          I’d love to see the characters again. But it’s so self contained by design.

          • Manuel Orozco

            We’ll never know when it can happen.

    • I agree there. Wall-E should not have a sequel. The end was a good conclusion.

  • I’d go with The Iron Giant. It tells its story in a perfect manner and ends on a great note.
    BTW, feel that most Pixar movies shouldn’t have a squeal. Like Inside Out or Ratatouille.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I feel Inside Out should because their is a sense of world building within Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness as well as how they can navigate Riley through certain stages of life.

      • I know but they showed the emotions of various adults. Squeal would not
        be a bad idea, but what would they do? Show Riley from a teen to adult?

        • Manuel Orozco

          Maybe show the emotions of different people interact with each other but you never know.

          • Jeremiah

            It would be SUCH a hard to act to follow, what a masterpiece. But if they said, hey, we’re doing it, I’d be like YES. I’m scared, I’m worried, but YES, do it, I trust you. Make this epic. Know what. Make it even BETTER. Give me something I’ll remember till I die.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Woah! Take it easy my friend. Just imagine the possibilities the world of Inside Out can go.

      • A series may work..

        • Manuel Orozco

          I felt the same way about Finding Nemo until Dory was annnounced. But I won’t mind if you are right.

  • Dante Panora

    The Jungle Book (2016).

    • Manuel Orozco

      Too late the sequel is happening

  • Sebastian

    I think Rio never should have had a sequel. To me the first Rio was great feel good movie that I could rewatch over and over again. It felt so unnecessary when the sequel didn’t improve anything on the characters except for using a similar concept to Madagascar 2. It wasn’t that funny either plus many of the character we already liked felt out of character except for Blu.

    Prequel I think The Land Before Time cause then it would feel weird to suddenly see other dinosaurs steal the memorability from Littlefoot & his friends.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Now that I think of it you’re right about Land Before Time

  • Frannie

    Snow White obviously.

  • Juuchan17

    As much as I love the 1st Balto sequel (it’s better than the original movie – fight me), “Balto” really didn’t need a sequel, let alone two…

    Prequel, maybe (as there was a LOT of plot holes present, thanks to the “Balto is a wolfdog” addition that was NOT in the actual historical truth) – but not a sequel (or two, one being a mediocre rehash of the 1st movie and the other being a diversion from the typical “child of the main character” sequel plot).

  • Braden

    Where do I begin? I don’t think Wreck-It Ralph should be getting a sequel, although I’m hoping I’m proven wrong by next November. I really don’t want another Sing or Secret Life of Pets film, and I don’t want any sequels to any of the Disney Live Action remakes…especially Maleifcent! I hate all these sequels and reboots because they overshadow all of the originality that’s actually coming out. For example, Disney released two original hits last year, Zootopia and Moana, and people still say Disney’s unoriginal. It’s sad.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Well I didn’t want another Finding Nemo but Finding Dory was enjoyable. Wreck It Ralph 2 should be great with all the returning cast and crew. Minions 2 I didn’t want either but maybe the story will change my mind. I’m looking forward to Sing 2 more than Secret Life of Pets 2.

  • A Bug’s Life. It’s the only of Pixar’s movies from before the Disney purchase that has not had a sequel, and seems relatively forgotten today. It has a warm place in my heart. Leave it as a standalone movie.

    • Speaking of A Bugs Life, I watched The 3 Amigo’s last night and it had a very similar plot..