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  • Animation Age Ghetto: One of the biggest breakouts.
  • Author's Saving Throw: In response to criticisms that they've been making too many sequels in The New '10s, Pixar has announced that Toy Story 4 in 2019 will be their last sequel for the indefinite future.
  • Broken Base:
    • Some fans don't want Pixar to make sequels, some do, and some don't really want them to but are okay with them being made anyway. Similarly, almost every individual unreleased sequel has a similar break between those anticipating and dreading them.
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    • Fans noticed all of Pixar's movies were all male-lead and started asking for some films starring women and girls to balance it out. Pixar has since responded with Brave, Inside Out, Finding Dory, and in a way Incredibles 2 (with Elastigirl rather than Mr. Incredible getting the "action" subplot). The fandom seems split on whether the first one is a positive step forward or not, being criticized as a stereotypical princess movie. Fortunately, the latter three did much better critically and financially, with Incredibles 2 even becoming the highest-opening animated movie of all time domestically, with Finding Dory close behind.
    • A more positive example: which Pixar film is the best? One might think this would have an easy answer, but because most of their output from the beginning has been well-reviewed and amassed a hugely dedicated following, you can't call one film their best without it being a disservice to all the others.
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    • On whether Pixar has managed to get out of their Dork Age; some people feel that they have due to the universal acclaim of Inside Out and Coco and very positive reception of Finding Dory, and Incredibles 2, but others feel that they begun to get out of it with that film, with The Good Dinosaur and Cars 3 widely being considered So Okay, It's Average.
  • Complete Monster: Syndrome, Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear, and Sir Miles Axlerod and Professor "Z" Zündapp. See their respective pages here. Alternatively, view all of the aforementioned here.
  • Dork Age: After a hot streak following their Disney merger towards the end of the 2000s, Pixar ran into a series of films that had poorer reception between 2011-2013, with other films in production at the time feeling the whiplash.
    • Cars 2 began it, being the studio's first film in its entire history to be a critical flop, as well as its first since the creation of the "Best Animated Feature" Oscar not to get a nomination. Their next two films were incredibly polarizing, and while Brave won the aforementioned Oscar, it was generally considered undeserving over Wreck-It Ralph. Though to both movie’s credit, they have since been Vindicated by History.
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    • As their next film, The Good Dinosaur, entered hot waters, John Lasseter, after working on the successful Disney film Frozen, caught on and decided to postpone it to save the studio further embarrassment. The next film in the roster, Inside Out, was critically lauded as another Pixar masterpiece and a return to form... and then The Good Dinosaur finally came out, was written off as So Okay, It's Average, became the studio's first financial flop, and left many worried that Inside Out was just a fluke.
    • Before all of this, John Lasseter acknowledged that the studio had entered an awkward transitional period as the original creators were training up-and-coming filmmakers to succeed them, but the successors weren't turning out the kind of films they were looking for (Lasseter being the head of both Pixar and Disney also undoubtedly put a strain on his own contributions).
    • Thankfully, Finding Dory was successful and well-enough received to save the studio some face and shortly thereafter, Lasseter publicly announced that Pixar would not be planning any new sequels until at least 2022. And while Cars 3 had the problem of being part of a franchise that's unpopular with older fans, the movie was seen as a Surprisingly Improved Sequel to Cars 2. Later on, Coco and Incredibles 2 also received highly favorable reviews, especially from the fandom. It now generally agreed Pixar has left their Dork Age, though time will tell what the general public will think of Pixar's other non-franchise movies, though Toy Story 4 has been very well-received.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: The Pixar Theory.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception:
    • Do NOT refer to Pixar films as "Disney films" around Pixar fans. Their movies are considered a separate group of movies from Disney's, despite being released by Disney and starting with the Disney Vanity Plate before Pixar's own.
    • Don't confuse Pixar films with films by any of their competitors.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With DreamWorks Animation, but this has since died down a little.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Joe Ranft's sad death in a car crash in 2005 becomes even sadder when you realize that Disney supremo Wolfgang "Woolie" Reithermann, a mentor to some of the animators including Lasseter, died the exact same way 20 years prior (and just for good measure, former Disney studio chief and Renaissance alumni Jeffrey Katzenberg nearly died the same way as Ranft and Reithermann 10 years after Ranft's death and 30 years after Reithermann's, but he only broke his arm).
    • Pixar films' complete lack of female protagonists until Brave, coupled with John Lasseter at first dismissing the criticism as "We're a bunch of guys!" and Brenda Champan being fired midway through that movie's production, feel a lot more petty when you learn that, in addition to sexual misconduct, Lasseter, ether through short-sightedness or unchecked prejudice, was regularly denying creative freedom to women and minorities to allow such films to be made.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: It had to happen sooner or later. Cars 2 may not have started it, but needless to say it hasn't helped.
  • Misblamed:
    • Despite the creators making it clear that, as per their contract with Disney, they will only do sequels if they like the idea enough and not just for money, every one of their sequel announcements has been swiftly met with cries of "Sellout!". This was most egregiously the case with Cars 2, with John Lasseter green-lighting the sequel during the press release of the first film.
    • They're also blamed for the drop-off in traditional animation in American features, but we will just leave it at that before it gets out of hand.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Their realistic depictions of depression are one of the main reasons why most of their films are critically acclaimed.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Pixar is the company that proved that a feature-length CGI-animated movie could look beautiful in 1995, and they've only honed their craft since then.


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