Why Pixar Isn’t The Same

Diego Martinez, Editor in Chief

Do you remember the rich character fun and memorable stories in Onward, The Good Dinosaur, The Incredibles 2, and Toy Story 4? I doubt it. Disney-Pixar is not special sight anymore, and it surely is not a memorable cinema. 


The recent sequels to fan-favorite series and new movies have been more than lackluster. It’s not to say that movies like Cocoa and Inside Out aren’t good, but they seem more like Disney movies than Pixar movies.


Ironic, right? Disney had been in possession of Pixar studios for years and still managed to release good movies, but can anyone really tell me the subtle nuanced artistic differences between Frozen and Brave? Again, I doubt it. The recent batch of movies has not enthralled my senses as far as I can remember.


Cars 3 is one of those movies that only looked great from the trailers and turned out to be a mediocre movie not worth artistic recognition. I even remember when Brave came out and  I genuinely kept confusing it with Disney’s Tangled. But why? Why has Pixar’s animated movies in the last decade just seem so generic? It all really boils down to the fact that Pixar studios were never really that good at telling original stories.


Remember watching Toy Story 3   and tearing up when the gang is about to die, and you remembered all the glorious memories of watching our heroines about to die? Yeah, I guessed so. But what other previous movies made you tear up? Wall-E, Up, Finding Nemo, the other two toy stories… The thing is, they stuck their landing because the formula was not the same every single time. The new sequels have felt incredibly premeditated and way too formulaic to actually grab any tears from my eyes.


Toy Story 4, and The Incredible 2, and Onward, and Frozen 2, and…. you get it. These movies are signs of a declining studio, and not only that, a declining importance in animated movies.