Yesterday, Pixar officially announced the upcoming [upcoming as in 2014] release of their film Finding Dory, unsurprisingly, it’s a sequel to the 2003 mega success Finding Nemo. Which, I’m sure, we have all seen numerous times. In 2009 I nannied a friend’s two young children, it had been six years since Nemo’s success and one of the children hadn’t even been born when it was first released, but that didn’t stop them from wanting to watch that little clownfish’s adventure every day. There is no denying the insane popularity of Nemo. However, a divide among fans appeared in the wake of Finding Dory’s announcement.

Many animation buffs and Pixar fanatics rolled their eyes complaining that Pixar was doing too many sequels. To be fair, it isn’t just Pixar. Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks and other non-animation-focused companies have been rehashing the same material for years. It’s easy for production companies to recognize a success and spit out a sequel. Easier and cheaper. Locations have already been scouted or built, actors have already been found and cast, the style has been finalized. And, most importantly, the film has already proved its worth in the box office. Why not reuse everything to tell a new story.

However, if you bring up Finding Dory or any Pixar/Disney/Dreamworks sequel in a conversation, you will come face to face with one of the following schools of thought:

 

I'M SO EXCITED I COULD DIE

These Pixar and Nemo fanatics are on the edge of their seat and will continue to be until the film’s release in Fall of 2014. They loved the original and can see no bad coming from a sequel. The characters are solid, the animation is stunning, the actors are great and the writing was, to them, a real turning point in the world of Disney movies. And they aren’t necessarily wrong. At the very least, the film will be pretty and it is exciting to see an animated film getting this much attention.

NO. NO. NO. NO

This group is on a constant hate parade of sequels. They either loved or hated the original, and either way they see no cause for a sequel. If they loved the original, they are fairly confident that the sequel will ruin that love. If they hated the original, well, a sequel is just plain torture. They likely see sequels as laziness; just out-of-touch executives cashing in on something that worked.

I get it, but I'm still not excited

Our level-headed group. They may not like sequels and they may not have even liked the original, but they see the potential use of sequels. It isn’t laziness, it’s a secure investment. If making a sequel every now and then gives a production company the financial security to take a risk and make something new, they can stomach the sequels. The fact is that even if the sequel sucks, millions of people will still go see it and it will still make lots and lots of money…money that can fund something wonderful and new.

At SolidLine Media, we fall all across the Sequel Spectrum. There were cries of joy and despair after the news of Finding Dory.

I’ll be the first to admit that I hate 99% of the sequels that get made. Frankly, most films don’t demand them. From a Pixar perspective, I’d argue that none of them were necessary and, no matter how much I loved the first, I don’t waste my time or money seeing the sequel. I probably won’t see Finding Dory…but I’m sure it will pay for something I love.

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