Last week Disney-Pixar announced the official title of the Monsters, Inc prequel: Monsters University. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi are all expected to reprise their voice roles in a story that will take place before 2001′s Monsters, Inc (my second-favorite Pixar film, after Finding Nemo)–presumably showing us how critters like Sulley, Mike Wazowski, and Randall Boggs learned their scary craft.
The Pixar lineup for the next two years is Cars 2 this summer, the Scottish warrioress tale Brave in the summer of 2012, and then Monsters University in theaters in late 2012. With Toy Story 3, that means by the end of next year, three of the last four Pixar films will have been sequels or threequels. (Newt, an original title about two lizards in love intended for release in 2012, has been scrapped. So Rango has the talking-lizard market cornered for now.)
My question for you today is two-fold: What say you all to the idea of Monsters University? And how about the idea of Pixar sequels in general? Pixar is coming off a stunning recent run with original films such as WALL-E and Up, and of course everyone loves Toy Story 3. But looking ahead, is Pixar starting to devote too much of its release slate to giving people more of the same rather than creating new stories and characters? Or is any kind of Pixar probably going to be better than most animated offerings?