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HCFF: Andrew Stanton on Pixar sequels and Steve Jobs


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Stanton also talked about Pixar’s shift to doing sequels. For a while, the only one of their movies that had a number two behind it was “Toy Story 2.” That changed in 2010 when “Toy Story 3” came out, and then again last year with “Cars 2” (the only Pixar movie to earn a Rotten Tomatoes score). Some people credited that change to Disney’s takeover of Pixar, but Stanton said it was actually an organic internal process.

“It’s a tough one because I think had you talked to me before ‘Toy Story 2,’ I would almost get red in the face and loud and angry and say, ‘No, no, I don’t want to do any sequels. It’s just the loser’s way out,” he said, adding that the movie was supposed to be a straight-to-DVD project before it failed and the folks at Pixar did a total overhaul of it. “To see the end of that and the satisfaction we internally felt, let alone the outside world, to be with those characters, it made us recognize that there are some stories, there are some characters, there are some subplots that do benefit, if handled correctly, by going longer.”

He continued about the decision to make “Toy Story 3,” “I can honestly say from an internal place, the drive was never about the cash or that people will come. I’m sure that attracted a lot of people and made them feel at ease, but for us it was like, ‘I actually do want to see where these characters are going.’ It started to just naturally go into the world of episodic television. Like, there’s a season, there’s a season of ‘Toy Story.’ And when my brain went that way, suddenly it opened up this huge thing that if we wanted to go farther, we could easily do it. I think it’s the best thing to happen to us, but it’s also the biggest curse.”

To that end, Stanton said there definitely will be more Pixar sequels. If the story is good enough, he said the studio will make a “Toy Story 4” and “5” and so on. He’s even been thinking of finding a way to make a follow-up to “Finding Nemo,” though the right idea hasn’t struck him yet. (He joked that a bad idea would be “Flushing Nemo.”)

The only Pixar sequel in the works right now is “Monsters University,” which will act as a prequel to “Monsters Inc.” He sounded genuinely excited about getting that project underway.

“There’s going to be another ‘Monsters,’ and we weren’t even searching for another ‘Monsters,’ but suddenly we came up with an idea that just cracked us up and it’s totally working. We love it,” he said. “It was one of those nice things where we were like, ‘We don’t want to go to Boo.’ That’s everybody’s private memory, and I don’t want to taint that. But we could go before. And once we started talking about it, we really got some awesome stuff up.”

It sounds like Stanton is now totally sold on the sequel idea.

“I’m sure you’ll see some other sequels of things as they grow because now we are not so blinded,” he said. “It’s the originals that keep us really going and it’s the sequels that are like comfort food, and I think it’s the same way for the audience.”

Considering the success of “Toy Story 3,” we’d have to agree.

What did you think of Stanton’s sentiments on Steve Jobs? Do you agree with his outlook on Pixar sequels? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

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Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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