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Josh O’Connor won’t be playing Alfredo Linguini any time soon. Pixar chief creative officer Pete Docter said this week that the trend of converting animation into live-action “kind of bothers” him.

“Maybe it annoys me to say this, but it kind of bothers me,” Docter said TIME“I like to make films that are original and unique. Personally, I don’t find a remake very interesting.”

Docter’s comments came in response to a question about whether he had noticed the trend of online campaigning for Josh O’Connor – who has long spoken about his love for Pixar’s 2007 hit. Ratatouille — to play live-action protagonist Alfredo Linguini.

Docter said the casting probably couldn’t take place – and it could be difficult to “make a cute rat from real movies,” he said.

The latter problem affects most of the Pixar canon. “So much of what we create only works because of the rules of the (animated) world,” he said. “So when a human walks into a floating house, you think, ‘Wait a minute. Hold up. Houses are super heavy. How can balloons lift the house?’ But when you have a cartoon guy and he’s standing in the house, you think, ‘Okay, I buy that.’ The worlds we’ve created just don’t translate that easily.”

The Pixar boss’s perspective also comes just days before the studio’s release of Inside Out 2which he admits has a lot at stake.

“If this doesn’t do well in the cinema, I think that means we have to think even more radically about the way we do our business,” said Docter – Pixar’s last two releases, light year And Elementaryfell short of expectations at the box office.

He also took the time to point out that Pixar is struggling to strike a balance between producing sequels and more original content.

“Part of our strategy is to balance our output with more sequels. That’s difficult. Everyone says, ‘Why don’t they make more original material?’ And then when we do, people don’t see it because they don’t know it,” he said. “With sequels, people think, ‘Oh, I’ve seen that. I know I like it.’ Sequels are very valuable in that respect.”

He added: “It’s kind of cynical to say that people want to see stuff they know. But I think even with original material, that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to find something where people feel like, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve been through that. I understand that I recognize that as a truth of life.’ And that was harder.”

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