Will Pixar’s downward trend continue?


Cars was an under-performer, by Pixar standards; it grossed less than any of their films since A Bug’s Life (1998). Will their next film, Ratatouille — which comes out in six months — continue the downward trend? Jim Hill explains why Disney is concerned.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • Anonymous

    What a stupid, sensationalist, airheaded question, worthy of CNN or some other issue-monger.

    One data point does not constitute a “trend”.

    The real question is whether Disney’s acquisition of Pixar will affect their work going forward.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07395937367596387523 Peter T Chattaway

    Two data points, if you count The Incredibles. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17492591447246532970 jasdye

    the incredibles was a down-turn?

    i think the issue is that Cars was mediocre, and people expect better from Pixar. if it came out from Dreamworks or Disney proper, nobody’d be surprised.

    on the other hand, Disney doesn’t seem to be doing much better now that Pixar’s helping to call the shots. do you think there’ll be a turn-around? and if so, how long will that take?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07395937367596387523 Peter T Chattaway

    the incredibles was a down-turn?

    Well, it made less money than Finding Nemo — but then, most movies do! :)

    It takes anywhere from three to five years to make a cartoon, and Pixar’s been in charge for less than a year, so I wouldn’t expect Disney’s quality to improve overnight. In the next few years, though, perhaps…