When Disney announced a Wreck-It Ralph sequel for 2018, it started a new era for feature film sequels in its feature animation division. But its corporate cousin Pixar has both a history and a future in sequels.
Its most recent, Finding Dory, is now in theaters with Cars 3, Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles 2 on the way. But Pixar president Jim Morris told Entertainment Weekly recently that there are no other sequels in the pipeline beyond the announced three.
The other films in development are original concepts and, according to Morris, sequels are only entertained when the original filmmaker comes up with an idea. This is why there has been no quick turn around on follow-ups to films Inside Out, Ratatouille or WALL-E.
"It would be good to back and visit that world and let everybody know that the humans actually survived again after getting back to their burnt-out planet," he said of the latter film. "But that was really a love story that had its beginning, middle, and end, so we're not really planning any further stories in those worlds at this point."
He also noted that the door is not closed to sequels for these films, either. It is just up to the filmmakers to find the right sequel ideas.