I haven't seen this discussed, though admittedly I have not looked much, but I am worried that the advent of a franchise based Pixar Short means the death of the incredible shorts we have had over the last 25 years.
Previously every one of the shorts has been a creative expirement that went out side of the box and created memorable segments of film that were heartwarming, thoughtful and generally a nice addition to the feature film. The Toy Story Hawaii Vacation feels more like a sales pitch to make sure you don't forget the characters from this franchise.
So well this be the new trend now that Pixar is fully absorbed into Disney? Or will future Pixar films have shorts that continue to be unencumbered by preconceptions and selling the existing merchandise?
What are your thoughts?