Pixar has already dipped into the superhero well with Brad Bird's 2004 masterpiece The Incredibles, but that didn't stop the fans from hoping that Disney's acquisition of Marvel Comics in 2009 would lead to a collaboration between the two entertainment titans. It was always just a pipedream... until today. Today it's a slightly more likely pipedream.
In an interview with Collider, Pixar's founding member and Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter finally spoke on the record about the acclaimed animation company tackling a Marvel Comics adaptation, and he was a little optimistic. "These studios are filmmaker driven studios, so if a filmmaker comes to me and says, ‘Hey, I wanna do this,’ then I would be really open to it.”
On one hand, yes, he's passing the ball to Pixar's creative teams, and not admitting that it's one of Pixar's goals. On the other hand, he's admitting that it's a real possibility, provided a filmmaker within the company really wants to push for it.
While we love the idea of Pixar tackling a Marvel Comics property, we can't help but wonder how the notion would impact Marvel Studios' crossover plans. If Pixar made a Sub-Mariner movie, for example, would there be any room for the character to appear in the live-action films, or would the character be limited to the animated realm? Honestly, we'd be more excited about Pixar producing short films of perhaps lesser-known Marvel characters to appear in front of their live-action theatrical features, kind of like the DC short films that play on The Cartoon Network.
Would you prefer Marvel superhero feature films or shorts from Pixar? What characters do you think Pixar should tackle?
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