Disney/Pixar really are the kings of animated cinema.
It’s got to the point where their stories are so brilliantly charming, funny and interesting that they’re better than most regular films.
However, one Reddit user has been noticing an eerie pattern in Pixar movies, and it’s hard to disagree.
If you think about two of Pixar’s recent films, Coco and Incredibles 2, what do they have in common?
Namely, that the good guys actually turn out to be the villains!
In Coco, it’s revealed that Miguel’s idol Ernesto actually killed Miguel’s real great-great grandfather, Héctor, and stole his music to make himself famous, while in Incredibles 2 it turns out that Evelyn was responsible for the Screenslaver and trying to ensure that superheroes are outlawed.
It’s not the first time the studio have gone with the good-guy-gone-bad trope either.
In Toy Story 2, Stinky Pete is the real villain of the piece as he’s so hellbent on getting to the museum in mint condition that he stops Woody from leaving. Furthermore, in Toy Story 3, we see Lotso betray Woody, Buzz and the other toys and leave them for dead.
The ‘surprise’ twist has also featured in Monsters Inc (involving Sulley’s mentor Henry J Waternoose III), Up (when Charles F Muntz turns on Carl when he refuses to give up Kevin) and Cars 2 (when Sir Miles Axlerod is unveiled as the villain).
But it’s also happening in the Disney-verse.
We already know Disney’s huge plans for the next five years, but many have criticised them for running out of original ideas and re-hashing old ones instead.
Like Pixar, they too have been favouring the surprise antagonist, like in Frozen with Hans and Assistant Mayor Bellwether in Zootopia.
Here’s the original post and what fans were saying:
Pretty clever spot there from the ol’ Reddit community.
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