Mediocrity and Pixar are words normally never seen on the same website together let alone the same sentence. The picture above contains some of cinema's most beloved characters from some of the greatest animated films of the last two decades; Toy Story (1995), A Bugs Life (1998), Monsters Inc (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), Wall-E (2008) and Up (2009) being in my opinion the finest. This groundbreaking output of remarkable animated film is reflected in the studio's huge Oscar tally, winning 27 overall - at one point Pixar studios had a strangle hold over the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, winning four times in a row with Ratatouille, Up, Wall-E and Toy Story 3. However more recently this dominance in the field of animation has waned greatly. Their most recent cinematic offerings have been a farcry from the brilliance they have shown they are capable of produceing and the titles they have announced to be in development are somewhat disappointing It is a bold statement to make against a studio which has been preeminent in the animation for so long but it seems that in the past 2 or so years Pixar has slumped into mediocrity.
|The congested trophy cabinet at Pixar HQ, Emeryville, California.|
|Even Pixar's rich visuals can't remedy a lackluster narrative|
I would love for the studio to prove me wrong on this matter and release a plethora of films showing all the hallmarks of the best Pixar films. I'm certainly not saying they aren't capable of doing this. It is merely that at this moment in time the two most recent Pixar releases have been average and well below average and two of the next projected releases are stale throwbacks. It seems the Gold Rush of the mid-Noughties is most definitely at an end and - as it stands - the studio is in the realms of mediocrity.
Have I given up on Pixar too early?! Feel like 'Finding Nemo 2'/'Monsters Inc: University' will be surprise hits?! Let me know in a comment!