Disney owns Pixar, but doesn't often interfere with their affairs. This was entirely Pixar's decision. While i think it's a bad idea, i trust Pixar enough to make a good film out of it.
That used to be true. I’m not sure that’s the case anymore. Cars was originally supped to be PIXAR’s last film with Disney before Micheal Eisner (CEO of Disney at the time) was going to let PIXAR go and replace them with a team of in-house Disney CGI artists called “Circle 7.” Eisner was fired for attempting this and replaced with Bob Iger as CEO. Disney bought back PIXAR and had John Lasseter become Disney’s Chief Creative Officer (CCO).
I’m starting to wonder if that occurred so that Disney could interfere with PIXAR’s creativity more often than before. It wasn’t until after the Disney buy-back that the studio demanded certain directors be replaced. Jan Pinkava was replaced as director of Ratatouille
by Brad Bird, and Brenda Chapman was replaced as director by story artist Mark Andrews (who typically works with Brad Bird) in the middle of the production for Brave
. We are starting to see Disney interfere more and more often with PIXAR’s movies, and it showed more than the studio would have liked it to on Brave
due to the studio’s initial PR excitement about hiring their first female director before suddenly firing her, as well as the finished film’s failed attempt at focusing on tone or character growth.EDIT:
The Incredibles 2 is the only non-Toy Story sequel that needed to happen in my opinion. I really want to see what these characters are like when they grow up. How will Violet change the family’s dynamic if she decides to move out of the house? Will Dash become a rebellious teenager? Will Jack Jack settle on one particular super-power rather than the plethora he had to begin with unbeknownst to his parents? But for whatever reason we got 90+ mins of Larry the Cable Guy as the main character in Cars 2 as PIXAR’s first non-Toy Story sequel, which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Brad Bird’s a fighter when it comes to Hollywood, especially in the field of animation. If he writes, directs, and produces a sequel to The Incredibles
like he did with the first one, then I would feel much more secure in that film’s quality than I would any other PIXAR sequel from here on out.