Disney has released the first teaser trailer for Toy Story 4 which will be coming out next summer. While most people reacted with excitement to see the toy gang back at it again, some people couldn't help but question whether a fourth installment of the movie is really necessary.
People's hesitations about the movie makes sense. Toy Story 3 ended on such a high note and certainly gave off the impression that the series had at last come to an end. At this point in the story, what more could they really offer to the audience? In the lifespan of a series, "jumping the shark" refers to the point in the story in which it becomes obvious that the writers have run out of good ideas. No matter how great a series may have been before, after they've jumped the shark everything will just seem mediocre. We're not saying that Toy Story has definitely reached this point. That can only be determined once we've had a chance to see the fourth one. Hopefully it'll be just as great and emotionally impactful as the third one because we all know that that ending had us feeling some type of way.
But it definitely wouldn't be the first time that a movie series or show kept going longer than it should have. Writers and show developers want to capitalize off a show or movie as much as possible so when they seem to strike series gold, they tend to milk it for all its worth. Sometimes too much so. Below we picked 6 series in both tv and film that kept going longer than they should have.
Orange Is The New Black
At the time that OITNB first came out on Netflix, it was one of the biggest shows around. The story was unique and it introduced us to a diverse cast that was more inclusive than most of what was on tv, or Netflix, at the time. While the first few seasons continued to offer an interesting storyline for many of the characters, it became very obvious that the series had jumped the shark in season 5. After that season, the show dropped some of the most lovable characters or just made them flat out annoying. While the show announced that it would be ending after season 7, most would agree that that was about 3 seasons overdue.
Mean Girls 2
Did you even know they made a sequel? Well they did. And trust us, you didn't miss out on anything. Mean Girls 2 was a straight-to-tv movie that came out in 2011. Except for Principal Duvall, none of the original cast made an appearance. The plot was almost the same as the first only with much less interesting characters and none of the iconic moments from the first. Why the second one is even thing is still beyond us. We won't even get on the million versions of Bring It On floating around.
Fast & Furious
This is a long running series that may have honestly been able to go on for years to come but unfortunately, the actor who played the main protagonist, Paul Walker, died during the production of the seventh movie. Everyone thought that the seventh would be the last movie but apparently the producers felt otherwise. They made an eighth movie after his passing and it was obvious that Paul had really been what made the franchise what it was. Without him, it just wasn't the same.
The Walking Dead
When it first premiered on AMC, it was an immediate hit. Nine seasons in, it's still widely popular although it has lost many fans along the way. People can't seem to agree exactly when the series jumped the shark but it's safe to say that it was probably somewhere between season 5 and 7. Some characters were killed off long before we would have liked and some have been around far too long. The fact that the newest season will apparently kill off Rick aka the main character of the show doesn't seem to be promising for the rest of the series either.
At one point, the Transformers franchise had a pretty impressive following. But in the third movie, it lost its dream girl Megan Fox after she talked smack about other members from the cast and crew. Then in the fourth and fifth installments, Shia Labeouf also stepped out of the picture and was replaced by Mark Wahlberg. While he does a decent job in the movies, it's hard to replace the original, goofy and charming Sam Witwicky.
The first Hangover movie was a wild ride filled with a ton of funny and crazy moments. Maybe it wasn't everyone's cup of tea but it was wildly successful and one of the top comedies of the year. With all the success of the first one, they made not one, but two more movies to follow up the original. The second one was decent enough but trying to continue the crazy antics into a third installment just made all the characters and their wild adventure played out.
While there's a lot of shows and movies that suffered from jumping the shark, it doesn't mean that Disney has done with Toy Story. It's still a long wait until we see what the fourth installment has to offer. The risk is high that the story could have already reached its peak but if Finding Dorothy and Incredibles 2 are any indication of what's to come, then we should have nothing to worry about. Here's to hoping that Toy Story 4 will be just as good as its predecessors and will satisfy all of our inner kids on opening day.
What are other shows and movies that you think have jumped the shark? We want to know! @boxbautyco