Pixar has made some great movies over the years. The studio is made up of some of the most gifted storytellers around, and it has created so many original characters and stories that there should be something out there for everybody to love. However, that doesn't mean Pixar is above building a franchise if the studio sees characters people love and stories worth telling, so over the years, Pixar's catalog has seen a growing number of sequels, as well as original stories.
Some of Pixar's best movies have been sequels, but there's a difference between a great movie and a great sequel. Great sequels aren't necessarily the best films, and a great movie doesn't necessarily make a great sequel. We've spent time mulling and we've come up with a list of all the studios sequels, present them to you in order from least exciting to most exciting. Here are Pixar's sequels ranked by greatness.
7. Cars 2
Cars 2 is generally regarded as one of Pixar's biggest failures and part of the reason that it is not as great is because it's a difficult sequel. The original Cars is a surprisingly good film following Lightning McQueen as the young racer tries to find his place in the world. It has a surprising amount of heart for a movie about sentient automobiles. Many were probably excited by the idea of a follow-up film that would follow McQueen on his further adventures navigating the world of racing. Unfortunately, what we got was a mistaken identity spy movie starring an entirely different character. The tone of the first Cars is entirely gone here, and while Cars 2 isn't without laughs if you're a Mater fan, it does nothing to make you invest deeper in the story.
6. Monsters University
Technically, Monsters University is a prequel and not a sequel, but we're not going to split hairs. It came out after the original and tells a new story in the world, so it's close enough. It's a fun enough movie on its own and it does show us how some of our favorite characters got to where they were in the original Monsters, Inc. However, one does have to ask the question, "Was this a movie we needed?" (I'm not sure it was.) It doesn't really add anything to the grander story of the monster world, and it even retcons aspects of the first film simply by existing, making it clear this idea was conceived entirely separately from the first movie. Who cares? It was nice to see old friends again.