On Monsters, Inc.’s 15th Birthday, Director Pete Docter Talks Sequels

Like Marvel, Pixar has the best kind of movie studio problem: the demand for sequels to their movies outweighs their ability to make them. Since today is the 15th anniversary of Monsters, Inc., Entertainment Weekly asked director Pete Docter (who also took the reigns on Up and Inside Out) if a real Monsters, Inc. sequel (2013’s Monsters University was a prequel) might be on the horizon. While Docter “never says never,” he doesn’t plan to revive the franchise any time soon.


“We purposely went with a prequel for Monsters University because we didn’t want to answer some of the questions about what happens to Boo, and how does she grow up, and things like that,” he said. “It would have to be really compelling, which is hopefully the benchmark for all of our sequels.”

As for the three sequels currently in the works at Pixar, Docter can confirm that all is well with at least one of these: Toy Story 4. “As we get in there, we realize you don’t want this to just be another regurgitation of something we’ve seen,” he explained. “We’ve really plumbed the depths of these characters with Woody and Buzz, so to find something new that hasn’t been done, I feel like we’re onto it now. But it’s taken some real deep investigative work.”

For more of Docter’s thoughts on all things Pixar, celebrate Monsters, Inc.’s 15th birthday with his full Entertainment Weekly interview here.