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* A few ''Film/JamesBond'' films suffered from this, specially ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' (the [[StrictlyFormula formula]] is starting to age), ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' (all three for being overtly stupid [[note]] ''Golden Gun'' was also a CreatorKiller for director Guy Hamilton [[/note]]), ''Film/AViewToAKill'' (Bond is too old, girl is annoying, [[TheyCopiedItSoItSucks plot is a rehash]] [[note]] Roger Moore departed the film business altogether after this one and views it as an OldShame [[/note]]), ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' (silliness, dodgy special effects [[note]] It's also a FranchiseKiller due to it and the ''Austin Powers'' trilogy convincing the Broccolis to reboot the series [[/note]]), ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' (too serious for its own good, convoluted plot), and ''Film/{{Spectre}}'' (plot is too incoherent).
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has the "[[StarTrekMovieCurse odd-number curse]]" - [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture the first]] (which can be considered a sequel to [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the series]]), [[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock third]] (this one is actually alright, but still not as good as 2), [[Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier fifth]], [[Film/StarTrekGenerations seventh]] and [[Film/StarTrekInsurrection ninth]] films are considered letdowns. It was broken when the [[Film/StarTrekNemesis tenth]] was a disappointment, leading to a [[Film/StarTrek wildly successful reboot]] (though some try to make the curse still work by considering the AffectionateParody ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' the tenth movie). ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' got a decent critical reception, but the overall opinion was either that it didn't live up to the first reboot (if you loved the first reboot), or that Gene Roddenberry is spinning in his grave (if you didn't), and contains a rather infamous [[TheUntwist Untwist]] that those trying to to justify the (''Quest''-adjusted) curse can point to.

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* A few ''Film/JamesBond'' films suffered from this, specially ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' (the [[StrictlyFormula formula]] is starting to age), ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' (all three for being overtly stupid [[note]] ''Golden Gun'' was also a CreatorKiller for director Guy Hamilton [[/note]]), ''Film/AViewToAKill'' (Bond is too old, girl is annoying, [[TheyCopiedItSoItSucks plot is a rehash]] [[note]] Roger Moore departed the film business altogether after this one and views it as an OldShame OldShame; said girl's theatrical career was derailed after her performance and prima donna behavior earned her and the film/series it's first Razzie nomination [[/note]]), ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' (silliness, dodgy special effects [[note]] It's also a FranchiseKiller due to it and the ''Austin Powers'' trilogy convincing the Broccolis to reboot the series series, and helped towards the end of director Lee Tamahori's career [[/note]]), ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' (too serious for its own good, convoluted plot), and ''Film/{{Spectre}}'' (plot is too incoherent).
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has the "[[StarTrekMovieCurse odd-number curse]]" - [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture the first]] (which can be considered a sequel to [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the series]]), [[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock third]] (this one is actually alright, but still not as good as 2), [[Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier fifth]], fifth]] [[note]] This one earned the Worst Picture Razzie for 1989 and beamed away any ideas of Bill Shatner directing another film ever again [[/note]], [[Film/StarTrekGenerations seventh]] and [[Film/StarTrekInsurrection ninth]] films are considered letdowns. It was broken when the [[Film/StarTrekNemesis tenth]] was a disappointment, critical and commercial disappointment [[note]] This nearly killed the franchise and BigBad actor Tom Hardy outright, but still succeeded in killing ''The Next Generation'' branch, the writing careers of crew member Brent Spiner and John Logan, and the directing career of Stuart Baird; Hardy and three other ''TNG'' regulars all have a serious hatred for the film [[/note]], leading to a [[Film/StarTrek wildly successful reboot]] (though some try to make the curse still work by considering the AffectionateParody ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' the tenth movie). ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' got a decent critical reception, but the overall opinion was either that it didn't live up to the first reboot (if you loved the first reboot), or that Gene Roddenberry is spinning in his grave (if you didn't), and contains a rather infamous [[TheUntwist Untwist]] that those trying to to justify the (''Quest''-adjusted) curse can point to.



* Both the original ''Film/KingKong1933'' and the [[Film/KingKong1976 1976 remake]] were followed by forgettable sequels (''Film/TheSonOfKong'' and ''Film/KingKongLives'', respectively).

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* Both the original ''Film/KingKong1933'' and the [[Film/KingKong1976 1976 remake]] were followed by forgettable sequels (''Film/TheSonOfKong'' and ''Film/KingKongLives'', respectively).respectively, the latter of which finished off John Guillermin's directing career).
22nd Sep '16 8:39:26 PM jameygamer
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* ''Film/{{Jaws 2}}'', ''Film/Jaws3D'', ''Film/JawsTheRevenge'', ad nauseam. Ken Begg's series of reviews chronicles the slide in quality from ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws.htm Jaws]]'' to ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws2.htm Jaws 2]]'' (which he admits is merely inferior and mediocre, but much better than the knock-offs and the next sequels) to ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws3-D.htm Jaws 3-D]]'' to the completely awful ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws4.htm Jaws: The Revenge]]'' (which bottomed out at 0% on RT). So much that it was mocked in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'': a holographic ''Jaws 19'' poster can be seen during the 2015 sequence. Which makes oddly prescient [[http://www.peterbenchley.com/articles/peter-benchley-the-father-jaws-and-other-tales-the-deep a move by Peter Benchley]], who wrote [[Literaure/{{Jaws}} the original novel]]. Prior to the film's release, the royalties were late. He called his agent, she replied that there were negotiations on sequel right. “Sequel rights!? I don’t care about sequels; who’ll ever want to make a sequel to a movie about a fish? Sell them the rights to anything they want ... my life as an astronaut, ''any''thing. I need money!” Eventually Benchley's sequel rights were exchanged for one-time payments for each new installment, making the original author someone not to blame for the decay. Parodied again around "Back To The Future Day" in October 2015, when, to celebrate the gag from ''II'', Universal released a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl092whRLlI fake trailer]] for the aforementioned ''Jaws 19''.

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* ''Film/{{Jaws 2}}'', ''Film/Jaws3D'', ''Film/JawsTheRevenge'', ad nauseam. Ken Begg's series of reviews chronicles the slide in quality from ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws.htm Jaws]]'' to ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws2.htm Jaws 2]]'' (which he admits is merely inferior and mediocre, but much better than the knock-offs and the next sequels) to ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws3-D.htm Jaws 3-D]]'' to the completely awful ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws4.htm Jaws: The Revenge]]'' (which bottomed out at 0% on RT).RT, including a zero star rating from Creator/RogerEbert, and ensnared the careers of a good chunk of its crew). So much that it was mocked in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'': a holographic ''Jaws 19'' poster can be seen during the 2015 sequence. Which makes oddly prescient [[http://www.peterbenchley.com/articles/peter-benchley-the-father-jaws-and-other-tales-the-deep a move by Peter Benchley]], who wrote [[Literaure/{{Jaws}} the original novel]]. Prior to the film's release, the royalties were late. He called his agent, she replied that there were negotiations on sequel right. “Sequel rights!? I don’t care about sequels; who’ll ever want to make a sequel to a movie about a fish? Sell them the rights to anything they want ... my life as an astronaut, ''any''thing. I need money!” Eventually Benchley's sequel rights were exchanged for one-time payments for each new installment, making the original author someone not to blame for the decay. Parodied again around "Back To The Future Day" in October 2015, when, to celebrate the gag from ''II'', Universal released a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl092whRLlI fake trailer]] for the aforementioned ''Jaws 19''.
22nd Sep '16 8:36:55 PM jameygamer
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* ''{{Film/Alien}}'' is almost universally considered as an outstanding horror/science-fiction film, the sequel ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' was even more succesful with both critics and audience and is considered by many as equal or superior; the third film ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' is not necessarily a bad film, but is considered inferior to the previous films with an "obscene" HappyEndingOverride. [[Film/AlienResurrection The fourth film]], however, was disastrous and is loathed by fans of the saga.

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* ''{{Film/Alien}}'' is almost universally considered as an outstanding horror/science-fiction film, the sequel ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' was even more succesful with both critics and audience and is considered by many as equal or superior; the third film ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' is not necessarily a bad film, but is considered inferior to the previous films with an "obscene" HappyEndingOverride. [[Film/AlienResurrection The fourth film]], however, was disastrous and is loathed by fans of the saga.saga and co-writer Creator/JossWhedon; it halted independent ''Alien'' films until 2012's ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'', and also mostly halted the careers of the producers and director.



* The ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' series. The first movie was a commercial success, and jumpstarted the careers of several actors who would go on to bigger projects (Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, Bobcat Goldthwait), but as the sequels progressed, the humor became increasingly lowbrow and cast members started leaving throughout the franchise. By the time the seventh and final film, ''Mission to Moscow'', was released in 1994, only a handful of original characters remained, and it failed to surpass the $200,000 mark.

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* The ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' series. The first movie was a commercial success, and jumpstarted the careers of several actors who would go on to bigger projects (Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, Bobcat Goldthwait), but as the sequels progressed, the humor became increasingly lowbrow and cast members started leaving throughout the franchise. By the time the seventh and final film, ''Mission to Moscow'', was released in 1994, only a handful of original characters remained, and it failed to surpass the $200,000 mark. It's the last theatrical film directed by Alan Metter, who disowned it in the end.



** ''Film/IronMan2'' is often considered at least entertaining, but not as fresh or spectacular as its predecessor. Reasons for this consensus usually include feeling far too much like an advertisement for the upcoming ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 Avengers]]'' movie than an Iron Man story capable of standing on its own, very boring villains, numerous plot holes and loosely adapting Tony Stark's "Demon in a Bottle" arc and [[PlayedForLaughs playing it for laughs]]. ''Film/IronMan3'', on the other hand, is considered a slighty better film, [[BerserkButton controversy regarding how]] [[TheReveal the villain was handled]] aside.
** This formula was [[TropeMaker first set]] by Franchise/{{Superman}}. 1978's ''Film/{{Superman}}: TheMovie'' told his origin story, was quite successful and today is regarded as a TropeCodifier that proved superheroes could credibly carry serious films. It was followed by ''Film/SupermanII'', which also got warm reviews but was plagued by CreativeDifferences between director and producers. ''Film/SupermanIII'', in turn, is an uneven mess of a film with Creator/RichardPryor of all people clumsily stealing the show. And then there was ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'', an {{Anvilicious}}, SpecialEffectsFailure-filled, unmitigated ''disaster'' that completely bombed both critically and commercially. It was ''[[FranchiseKiller 19 years]]'' before another Superman movie was released-- ''Film/SupermanReturns'', which pointedly [[CanonDiscontinuity erased III and IV from its continuity]].

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** ''Film/IronMan2'' is often considered at least entertaining, but not as fresh or spectacular as its predecessor. Reasons for this consensus usually include feeling far too much like an advertisement for the upcoming ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 Avengers]]'' movie than an Iron Man story capable of standing on its own, very boring villains, numerous plot holes and loosely adapting Tony Stark's "Demon in a Bottle" arc and [[PlayedForLaughs playing it for laughs]]. ''Film/IronMan3'', on the other hand, is considered a slighty slightly better film, [[BerserkButton controversy regarding how]] [[TheReveal the villain was handled]] aside.
** This formula was [[TropeMaker first set]] by Franchise/{{Superman}}. 1978's ''Film/{{Superman}}: TheMovie'' told his origin story, was quite successful and today is regarded as a TropeCodifier that proved superheroes could credibly carry serious films. It was followed by ''Film/SupermanII'', which also got warm reviews but was plagued by CreativeDifferences between director and producers. ''Film/SupermanIII'', in turn, is an uneven mess of a film with Creator/RichardPryor of all people clumsily stealing the show. And then there was ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'', an {{Anvilicious}}, SpecialEffectsFailure-filled, unmitigated ''disaster'' that completely bombed both critically and commercially. It was ''[[FranchiseKiller 19 years]]'' before another Superman movie was released-- ''Film/SupermanReturns'', which pointedly [[CanonDiscontinuity erased III and IV from its continuity]]. ''Superman IV'' also erased the career of Mark Pillow, who moved on to being a family man, and helped towards the implosion of Creator/TheCannonGroup.



* With a title like ''Film/TheNeverendingStory'', one would expect the movie to have at least a few sequels or follow-ups. The first movie is a very nice fantasy film; the second movie is not ''as'' good as the first one (with a dramatic drop in production values plus a zero on Rotten Tomatoes), but still watchable, at least compared to the third movie, which [[OvertookTheSeries had to invent a plot out of whole cloth]] and ended up with a lot of cringeworthy sitcom-style humor and [[FranchiseKiller shut the book on ''The Neverending Story'']] (it's also an OldShame to villain actor creator/JackBlack).

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* With a title like ''Film/TheNeverendingStory'', one would expect the movie to have at least a few sequels or follow-ups. The first movie is a very nice fantasy film; the second movie is not ''as'' good as the first one (with a dramatic drop in production values plus a zero on Rotten Tomatoes), but still watchable, at least compared to the third movie, which [[OvertookTheSeries had to invent a plot out of whole cloth]] and ended up with a lot of cringeworthy sitcom-style humor plus OOC characters and [[FranchiseKiller shut the book on ''The Neverending Story'']] (it's also an OldShame to villain actor creator/JackBlack).Creator/JackBlack). That third film only got a limited release in the States after the second bombed there, and eventually went DirectToVideo by Miramax/Disney instead of Warner.
22nd Sep '16 8:24:32 PM jameygamer
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* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990'' was considered [[FirstInstallmentWins a nice piece of 1990s pop culture]]. The [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze second film]] wasn't quite as well-received due to being DenserAndWackier, but it still had a few entertaining moments, and it has its fans. [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIII The third film]], however, was bashed mercilessly by critics and fans alike, and it's viewed as the worst of the three by a healthy margin.

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* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990'' was considered [[FirstInstallmentWins a nice piece of 1990s pop culture]]. The [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze second film]] wasn't quite as well-received due to being DenserAndWackier, but it still had a few entertaining moments, and it has its fans. [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIII The third film]], however, was bashed mercilessly by critics and fans alike, alike (fans were actually far more ruthless on it than ''Series/SiskelAndEbert'' ever were to the trilogy as a whole), and it's viewed as the worst of the three by a healthy margin.margin; it swept the Turtles off the big screen until 2007, and it would take until 2014 for another live-action ''TMNT'' film to surface; it does not have any continuity to the others.
22nd Sep '16 8:22:02 PM jameygamer
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* The first ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' has a respectable Rotten Tomatoes score of 77%. The first sequel got a rotten 57%, and it just went down from there (45%, 37% and 12%; the last of these, ''Collision Course'', is considered one of the worst films of 2016 and is the first to get WebVideo/AniMat's "Seal of Garbage"; it also [[BoxOfficeBomb bombed in the domestic box office]]).

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* The first ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' has a respectable Rotten Tomatoes score of 77%. The first sequel got a rotten 57%, and it just went down from there (45%, 37% and 12%; the last of these, ''Collision Course'', is considered one of the worst films of 2016 and is the first to get WebVideo/AniMat's "Seal of Garbage"; it also [[BoxOfficeBomb bombed in the domestic box office]]).office]] in the 2016 Summer Bomb Buster).
22nd Sep '16 8:20:39 PM jameygamer
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* The first ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' has a respectable Rotten Tomatoes score of 77%. The first sequel got a rotten 57%, and it just went down from there (45%, 37% and 12%).

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* The first ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' has a respectable Rotten Tomatoes score of 77%. The first sequel got a rotten 57%, and it just went down from there (45%, 37% and 12%).12%; the last of these, ''Collision Course'', is considered one of the worst films of 2016 and is the first to get WebVideo/AniMat's "Seal of Garbage"; it also [[BoxOfficeBomb bombed in the domestic box office]]).
22nd Sep '16 8:16:03 PM jameygamer
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** ''Disney/MulanII'' is decently-animated, but is largely overlooked and ultimately criticized for the even greater liberties taken in its portrayal of Chinese culture, one character [[TookALevelInJerkass taking a level in jerkass]], and for leaving the plot in which Mulan must save China once more unresolved; specifically, it was Mulan's mission to escort the Emperor's three daughters to a powerful lord in order to marry his sons, which would secure a union that would safeguard China from an impending invasion by the Mongols. Instead, shocked at the very idea of an arranged marriage, Mulan teaches the princesses to follow their own paths. This would be a meaningful lesson except for the fact that in doing so such a union apparently never took shape by the end of the film, which despite ending on an uplifting note with Mulan's wedding does not address the Mongol invasion that is now sure to happen due to these actions. The sequel earned a rare 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
** ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound 2'' is hated as well, due to being almost completely InNameOnly, and the entire thing is accused of being a case of TastesLikeDiabetes.

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** ''Disney/MulanII'' is decently-animated, but is largely overlooked and ultimately criticized for the even greater liberties taken in its portrayal of Chinese culture, one character [[TookALevelInJerkass taking a level in jerkass]], and for leaving the plot in which Mulan must save China once more unresolved; specifically, it was Mulan's mission to escort the Emperor's three daughters to a powerful lord in order to marry his sons, which would secure a union that would safeguard China from an impending invasion by the Mongols. Instead, shocked at the very idea of an arranged marriage, Mulan teaches the princesses to follow their own paths. This would be a meaningful lesson except for the fact that in doing so such a union apparently never took shape by the end of the film, which despite ending on an uplifting note with Mulan's wedding does not address the Mongol invasion that is now sure to happen due to these actions. The sequel earned a rare 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.Tomatoes and was part of a 2004/2005 year's worth of events at Disney that crushed both 2D animation and CEO Michael Eisner's career with the Mouse House; this movie is one of the catalysts to John Lasseter pulling the plug on the sequel machine.
** ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound 2'' is hated as well, due to being almost completely InNameOnly, and the entire thing is accused of being a case of TastesLikeDiabetes. This is one of the last DirectToVideo sequels to the canon produced; John Lasseter was already back at the studio full-time and had cancelled all sequel projects apart from ones that were already in production such as this one by the time it hit store shelves.



** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'' is again, accused of reusing the first film's ideas only telling the story in reverse (a human character wanting to become a mermaid) with a few new characters thrown in. A prequel to the first one was also created, and it was the final prequel/sequel; John Lasseter allowed it to be made because it started production before his return, while he unplugged any future sequels/prequels that were still on the drawing board.

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** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'' is again, accused of reusing the first film's ideas only telling the story in reverse (a human character wanting to become a mermaid) with a few new characters thrown in. A prequel to the first one was also created, and it was the final prequel/sequel; John Lasseter allowed it to be made because it started production before his return, while he unplugged any future sequels/prequels that were still on the drawing board.board, including a ''Dumbo'' sequel that was announced on that film's 2001 DVD but had ended up in DevelopmentHell.



** One of the conditions Creator/{{Pixar}} put when they joined with Disney was that they wouldn't be [[ExecutiveMeddling required]] to make sequels. In fact, because one of the parts of the merger was putting Pixar's people in charge of Disney's animation studio, one of the first things they did was halted production of Disney's own ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', shutting down the studio that was making it (which got labeled as Pixaren't) and then they began working on the title in-house (Lasseter also halted the sequel craze for the DisneyAnimatedCanon, only allowing films that were already in production such as ''Cinderella III'' to continue). Consequently, both the third movie and the entire ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' trilogy have been lauded as cinema classics. They did, however, make a sequel to ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', widely considered [[RedHeadedStepchild one of their worst movies]], resulting in what is widely considered their worst movie, ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' and shattered their nearly spotless artistic reputation. The 2013 prequel to ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', called ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'', didn't help matters, despite several good reviews. As of this writing, the only Pixar sequel outside of the ''Toy Story'' series to get a near-unanimously positive reception is ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory''.

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** One of the conditions Creator/{{Pixar}} put when they joined with Disney was that they wouldn't be [[ExecutiveMeddling required]] to make sequels. In fact, because one of the parts of the merger was putting Pixar's people in charge of Disney's animation studio, one of the first things they did was halted production of Disney's own ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', shutting down the studio that was making it (which got labeled as Pixaren't) and then they began working on the title in-house (Lasseter also halted the sequel craze for the DisneyAnimatedCanon, only allowing films that were already in production such as ''Cinderella III'' and ''The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning'' to continue).continue; the latter is the last of the 14-year slate of DirectToVideo sequels that started with ''The Return of Jafar'' in 1994). Consequently, both the third movie and the entire ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' trilogy have been lauded as cinema classics. They did, however, make a sequel to ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', widely considered [[RedHeadedStepchild one of their worst movies]], resulting in what is widely considered their worst movie, ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' and shattered their nearly spotless artistic reputation. The 2013 prequel to ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', called ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'', didn't help matters, despite several good reviews. As of this writing, the only Pixar sequel outside of the ''Toy Story'' series to get a near-unanimously positive reception is ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory''.
22nd Sep '16 11:04:49 AM Silverblade2
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* ''Film/{{Jaws 2}}'', ''Film/Jaws3D'', ''Film/JawsTheRevenge'', ad nauseam. Ken Begg's series of reviews chronicles the slide in quality from ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws.htm Jaws]]'' to ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws2.htm Jaws 2]]'' (which he admits is merely inferior and mediocre, but much better than the knock-offs and the next sequels) to ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws3-D.htm Jaws 3-D]]'' to the completely awful ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws4.htm Jaws: The Revenge]]'' (which bottomed out at 0% on RT and got a zero from Creator/RogerEbert as well; he and Creator/GeneSiskel tore up and devoured the film on ''Series/SiskelAndEbert''). So much that it was mocked in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'': a holographic ''Jaws 19'' poster can be seen during the 2015 sequence. Which makes oddly prescient [[http://www.peterbenchley.com/articles/peter-benchley-the-father-jaws-and-other-tales-the-deep a move by Peter Benchley]], who wrote [[Literaure/{{Jaws}} the original novel]]. Prior to the film's release, the royalties were late. He called his agent, she replied that there were negotiations on sequel right. “Sequel rights!? I don’t care about sequels; who’ll ever want to make a sequel to a movie about a fish? Sell them the rights to anything they want ... my life as an astronaut, ''any''thing. I need money!” Eventually Benchley's sequel rights were exchanged for one-time payments for each new installment, making the original author someone not to blame for the decay. Parodied again around "Back To The Future Day" in October 2015, when, to celebrate the gag from ''II'', Universal released a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl092whRLlI fake trailer]] for the aforementioned ''Jaws 19''.

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* ''Film/{{Jaws 2}}'', ''Film/Jaws3D'', ''Film/JawsTheRevenge'', ad nauseam. Ken Begg's series of reviews chronicles the slide in quality from ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws.htm Jaws]]'' to ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws2.htm Jaws 2]]'' (which he admits is merely inferior and mediocre, but much better than the knock-offs and the next sequels) to ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws3-D.htm Jaws 3-D]]'' to the completely awful ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws4.htm Jaws: The Revenge]]'' (which bottomed out at 0% on RT and got a zero from Creator/RogerEbert as well; he and Creator/GeneSiskel tore up and devoured the film on ''Series/SiskelAndEbert'').RT). So much that it was mocked in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'': a holographic ''Jaws 19'' poster can be seen during the 2015 sequence. Which makes oddly prescient [[http://www.peterbenchley.com/articles/peter-benchley-the-father-jaws-and-other-tales-the-deep a move by Peter Benchley]], who wrote [[Literaure/{{Jaws}} the original novel]]. Prior to the film's release, the royalties were late. He called his agent, she replied that there were negotiations on sequel right. “Sequel rights!? I don’t care about sequels; who’ll ever want to make a sequel to a movie about a fish? Sell them the rights to anything they want ... my life as an astronaut, ''any''thing. I need money!” Eventually Benchley's sequel rights were exchanged for one-time payments for each new installment, making the original author someone not to blame for the decay. Parodied again around "Back To The Future Day" in October 2015, when, to celebrate the gag from ''II'', Universal released a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl092whRLlI fake trailer]] for the aforementioned ''Jaws 19''.



* ''Film/{{Hellraiser}}'' and ''Film/HellboundHellraiserII'' are usually seen as pretty good (though Creator/RogerEbert disliked the first and [[RogerEbertMostHatedFilmList hated the second]]), while ''Film/HellraiserIIIHellOnEarth'' is often looked down upon for being more "[[ItsPopularNowItSucks mainstream]]" and {{slasher| movie}}y. [[Film/HellraiserBloodline The fourth]] tried returning to the series roots, but suffered severely from ExecutiveMeddling, resulting in an extreme case of WhatCouldHaveBeen. Mileage tends to vary on the direct-to-video films though ''Film/HellraiserHellworld'' seems to be the only near-universally disliked one (consensus saying it could've been a decent standalone film, but as a ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' film, it falls flat).

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* ''Film/{{Hellraiser}}'' and ''Film/HellboundHellraiserII'' are usually seen as pretty good (though Creator/RogerEbert disliked the first and [[RogerEbertMostHatedFilmList hated the second]]), good, while ''Film/HellraiserIIIHellOnEarth'' is often looked down upon for being more "[[ItsPopularNowItSucks mainstream]]" and {{slasher| movie}}y. [[Film/HellraiserBloodline The fourth]] tried returning to the series roots, but suffered severely from ExecutiveMeddling, resulting in an extreme case of WhatCouldHaveBeen. Mileage tends to vary on the direct-to-video films though ''Film/HellraiserHellworld'' seems to be the only near-universally disliked one (consensus saying it could've been a decent standalone film, but as a ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' film, it falls flat).



* ''Film/OhGod'' is generally remembered as a quirky little Carl Reiner comedy, while the next two movies are ignored almost to the point of being FanonDiscontinuity. The changes in creators definitely didn't help. (This didn't prevent Creator/RogerEbert from wittily remarking that, since God was immortal, the producers could just as well make ''unlimited'' sequels.)

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* ''Film/OhGod'' is generally remembered as a quirky little Carl Reiner comedy, while the next two movies are ignored almost to the point of being FanonDiscontinuity. The changes in creators definitely didn't help. (This didn't prevent Creator/RogerEbert from wittily remarking that, since God was immortal, the producers could just as well make ''unlimited'' sequels.)
17th Sep '16 3:48:07 AM Buck
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* Attempting to up the ante from the previous instalments or trying to make the environment bigger and better in the sequel but end up writing themselves into a corner and making the next sequel a let down for not living up to the past instalment or for not upping the ante again.
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* Creator/OrsonScottCard with his ''Ender'' and ''Shadow'' saga (the first of each series being parallel, and the rest a split following different characters). While the sequel to ''Literature/EndersGame'', ''Literature/SpeakerForTheDead'', is widely considered to be just as good if not even better than the first, the final two in that saga, ''Literature/{{Xenocide}}'' and ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheMind'' are overly pretentious and bloated philosophical works that could have easily been cut into one shorter volume. They also leave on a horrible cliffhanger that rivals that of ''Literature/ChapterhouseDune'' which Card has had 13 years to end, but instead written a midquel between the first and second books as well as a short story collection. The Shadow series fares even worse, with the first book being equal to or better than the parallel ''Ender's Game'' but taking a steep decline starting with the second. While not as bloated in narrative as the Ender saga's latter books, the Shadow series instead destroys most of the mystery behind Peter's unification of Earth by making him into nothing but an annoying schoolchild, and doing absolutely nothing. A 4th sequel is planned, thus putting the series at 11 books. The irony of it all? Some copies of ''Speaker for the Dead'' are prefaced with an introduction that talks about how reluctant the author was to revisit Ender just for a ''second'' book.

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* Creator/OrsonScottCard with his ''Ender'' and ''Shadow'' saga (the first of each series being parallel, and the rest a split following different characters). While the sequel to ''Literature/EndersGame'', ''Literature/SpeakerForTheDead'', is widely considered to be just as good if not even better than the first, the final two in that saga, ''Literature/{{Xenocide}}'' and ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheMind'' are overly pretentious and bloated philosophical works that could have easily been cut into one shorter volume. They also leave on a horrible cliffhanger that rivals that of ''Literature/ChapterhouseDune'' which Card has had 13 years to end, but instead written a midquel between the first and second books as well as a short story collection. The Shadow ''Literature/EndersShadow'' series fares even worse, with the first book being equal to or better than the parallel ''Ender's Game'' but taking a steep decline starting with the second. While not as bloated in narrative as the Ender saga's latter books, the Shadow series instead destroys most of the mystery behind Peter's unification of Earth by making him into nothing but an annoying schoolchild, and doing absolutely nothing. A 4th sequel is planned, thus putting the series at 11 books. The irony of it all? Some copies of ''Speaker for the Dead'' are prefaced with an introduction that talks about how reluctant the author was to revisit Ender just for a ''second'' book.
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