Monday, August 24, 2015

The Fourth Installment


Like most people, I'd assumed that Pixar's Toy Story series was done and dusted with the heart-wrenching third film tying up, what was at the time, a neat little trilogy. ...

But no. ...

Katie Granger, the author of the above, clearly has just fallen off the turnip truck. Or been hit in the head with a blunt object. Or is five years old.

Because series that make major money are never done. No matter what the producers say at the time.

They're bringing back Duck Tales for gob's sake. Spongebob Squarepants and The Simpsons and Scooby Freaking Doo, they have no end to them. I won't burden you with the silly-ass rhetorical question of "Why?" You know damn well why.

These titles make hundreds of millions of dollars for their respective studios. The Simpsons are up in the billions, and all the early stakeholders, who were on board when the Yellow Family was nothing more than three-minute interstitials on The Tracey Ullman Show, have long-since become independently wealthy.

No conglomerate leaves money on the table if it an help it. So no matter how many uplifting platitudes Mr. Lasseter may unspool about Toy Story 3's "completeness," there is still the matter of more money to be made.

Don't misunderstand me. Artistic ideals have their place. But commerce is what drives the Tinseltown train.


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