Everyone’s favorite animation company, Pixar, which many of us assumed would remain pristine for its entire existence and would never, ever give in to the cheap money looks as though they, too, are turning the cash-in corner. Not only does Pixar have sequels planned for the next two years — for Cars and Monsters, Inc. — but now they’ve gotten into the lucrative direct-to-DVD business, where they can produce cheap spin-offs and capitalize on their name in the video market.
Granted, I suspect that a Pixar direct-to-DVD title will be much better than the average direct-to-DVD title, but still … I liked it better when they stayed out of that field. The spin-off will be Planes, which is descended from Cars, the one Pixar title that seems to get the worst rap among adult viewers, although it’s doing better than fine in the merchandising department (and I thought it was a great movie if only for the great taste of animated Americana). Still, the DTV market can only dilute the brand, and it’s not like the company really needs additional money to bankroll future projects. But the parent company, Disney, really likes money. (Movieline)
Meanwhile, and you shouldn’t read anything into this unless you want to, but Tim Allen is signed on to a fourth Toy Story film, too. That, according to The Wrap. That in no way means that there will be a fourth movie (what’s left to cover, really?), but if there is one, Tim Allen is contractually obligated to return. Such contractual obligations will obviously lead to speculation, and the fact that Toy Story 3 is now the biggest Pixar movie stateside of all time certainly won’t temper that speculation. That is to say: Pajiba would not condone such unfounded speculation.
And speaking of Cars, whatever happened to Larry the Cable Guy? (Oops. Sorry. I understand that speaking his name might result in his sudden and unwanted reappearance. Back in the redneck genie bottle you go, Larry.)