Top 10 Disney Movies That NEED a Sequel
VOICE OVER: Emily Brayton
WRITTEN BY: Garrett Alden
We wish upon a star for sequels to these films. For this list, we'll be looking at the Disney and Pixar films whose plots, popularity, and/or characters deserve a continuation. We'll be excluding movies that already have one in the works, such as “Zootopia.” Our list includes “Brave,” “Moana,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Inside Out,” “Hocus Pocus,” and more! Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Disney Movies That Deserve a Sequel.
Top 10 Disney Movies That NEED a Sequel
We wish upon a star for sequels to these films. Welcome to MsMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 Disney movies that deserve a sequel.
For this list, we’ll be looking at the Disney and Pixar films whose plots, popularity, and/or characters deserve a continuation. We’ll be excluding movies that already have one in the works, such as “Zootopia.”
#10: “WALL-E” (2008)
The title character of “WALL-E” may be a robot of few words, but his love story with EVE is among the most charming in cinema. While sequels to romances are always tricky, seeing the two bots explore parenthood, either through adoption or building a little one of their own, could be a cute follow-up. In addition, the post-apocalyptic world the film is set in, where humanity is now attempting to rebuild civilization, has plenty of potential for more stories as well. Whether this lovable robot pair is striking out on their own or helping morbidly obese humans, we’d love to spend more time with them.
#9: “Brave” (2012)
The tale of a Scottish princess who refused to bend to social convention and tradition, “Brave” is arguably the closest Pixar has come to Disney’s formula. Thankfully, Pixar has a better track record when it comes to sequels and we don’t feel like the story of Merida is done yet. While she manages to reconcile with her mother, another major plot point of the film is her dislike of having to marry for an alliance rather than genuine love. A sequel where she actually finds true love might be nice to see. Of course, we’d be just as happy to see Merida continue to exercise her independence by going on a big adventure.
#8: “A Bug’s Life” (1998)
A loose retelling of one of Aesop’s fables and perhaps even “Seven Samurai,” “A Bug’s Life” follows Flik, a nonconformist ant who gathers a troupe of circus performing bugs to save his colony from a gang of grasshoppers. The world of the film may be small in scale, but we still feel there are some big possibilities for further adventures from the ants and/or the performers, either through another story inspired by a classic, or a wholly original plot. Either way, this unusual bug society merits further exploration
#7: “Moana” (2016)
Following the titular heroine on her journey to restore the heart of a goddess and save her people from blight, “Moana” features many memorable songs and characters, as well as gorgeous scenery. But that only left us wanting more! Maui is a standout secondary protagonist and we could easily see a sequel focused on him. Another possible sequel could follow Moana and her people on their voyages, which they begin at the end of the film. We can just imagine the kinds of fantastic adventures they’re sure to find out on the ocean or as they discover strange islands.
#6: “The Sword in the Stone” (1963)
This fantasy comedy film is a loose adaptation of the story of King Arthur, and follows a young boy named Wart as he undergoes training with the wizard Merlin and gaining respect from the knights after pulling the sword from the stone. Though Arthur is supposedly the protagonist, the film focuses heavily on Merlin, so a sequel with a greater focus on the king and perhaps the formation of the knights of the Round Table could be one good possibility. That being said, Merlin’s magical abilities and pop culture references are entertaining and an undeniable part of the film’s charm, so we wouldn’t want them to disappear entirely.
#5: “Monsters, Inc.” (2001)
A marvelous buddy comedy following two monsters in a world where monsters travel through magic doors to children’s bedrooms to capture their screams as fuel, “Monsters, Inc.” may have gotten a prequel, but its planned sequel never saw light of day. The original intent for the sequel was that it would have followed Mike and Sully in the real world trying to locate the girl, Boo, which could have been fun to see, particularly if they came through around Halloween. Whether a sequel stuck true to this initial idea or went for an original story, perhaps fleshing out more of the monsters’ world, we’d love to see Pixar return to these characters.
#4: “Inside Out” (2015)
Arguably one of Pixar’s most inventive films, “Inside Out” follows the personified emotions of a young girl named Riley, who is thrown for an emotional loop when she’s made to move to a new city. Naturally, this experience shakes up the status quo for the characters in her head. The film primarily follows Joy and Sadness, so having a greater emphasis on the others would be a welcome change; possibly focusing on Riley’s awkward or rebellious teenage years. Another possibility might be introducing new emotions or focusing on the emotions of a different character entirely.
#3: “The Great Mouse Detective” (1986)
One of Disney’s more underrated films, “The Great Mouse Detective” follows Basil of Baker Street, a mouse detective and his battle against the scheming Professor Ratigan. The animal society depicted in the film is one of the more complex and intriguing Disney has depicted, so it’d be great to see more of it. Also, given that Basil is based on Sherlock Holmes, and given that detective’s extensive number of stories over the last century and a half, there seems no end to the number of possibilities for a sequel.
#2: “Hocus Pocus” (1993)
The only live-action film to make our list, “Hocus Pocus” follows a trio of villainous witches who are accidentally resurrected and seek out children as a source of renewed vitality and youth. The film’s style, humor, and large focus on the villains have made it a cult classic, and while a remake is reportedly in development and a book sequel was released in July 2018, we’d love to see the sinister Sanderson sisters back on the silver screen. The ending leaves the door open for the witches to return, either for another Halloween story or maybe even a crossover holiday movie, a la “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
“The Aristocats” (1970)
“The Princess and the Frog” (2009)
#1: “Ratatouille” (2007)
Another underrated Pixar gem, “Ratatouille” follows Remy, a rat who wants to be a chef and succeeds with help from a human. The ending sees Remy and his human friends running a restaurant together. Remy is a lovable character and we’d love to see more of him, as well as the supporting cast, perhaps further exploring the relationship between humans and these intelligent animals. Maybe a plot involving a rival animal restaurant, or the disgraced chef Skinner training cats to hunt Remy and his family? Whatever “dish” Pixar served up, we’re sure it would be delectable.