Pixar promises an original film a year and fewer sequels

Three of the studio's last four films have been follow-ups

Pixar Animation Studios has revealed plans to release an original film a year and cut back on sequels.

Nine of Pixar’s first ten films were originals but three of the last four have been sequels: 2010’s Toy Story 3, 2011’s Cars 2 and the upcoming Monsters University, due for release on July 3. Only last year’s Brave has broken up the run of follow-ups.

“For artistic reasons… it’s really important that we do an original film a year,” Pixar president Ed Catmull told BuzzFeed.

“Every once in a while, we get a film where we want or people want to see something continuing in that world – which is the rationale behind the sequel. They want those characters, which means we were successful with them. But if you keep doing that, then you aren’t doing original films.”

Outlining Pixar’s plans going forward, Catmull said: “We’re going to have an original film every year, then every other year have a sequel to something. That’s the rough idea.”

At present, Pixar has three films officially in the works, two of which are originals: The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out. The other is Finding Dory, the long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo, which is set for release on November 25, 2015.