We’ve all been there: you’ve walked out of your favorite movie and you’re eager to see the sequel, only to learn that it’ll be two to three years before you see more of your favorite franchise. But don’t worry: you could have waited more than two years to see these sequels, which are record holders for longest gaps between the original and a follow-up.
- Proving that he really is immortal, Disney’s Peter Pan showed up in Return to Never Land 49 years and 10 days later without aging a minute. While the critical reception was mixed, audience reaction was more positive, with most reviewers saying it was a good family film, especially for children.
- The title character of Disney’s Cinderella was pretty well off at the end of her movie debut, but came back 51 years and 356 days later for Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True. Unfortunately for the Princess, her dreams of critical acclaim did not come true; while the movie earned over $120 million, it got mixed audience reviews and a rare 0% rating at Rottentomatoes.com.
- Of all the films on this list, 1959’s The Killer Shrews seems like the most unlikely candidate to get a sequel, being a B-list monster movie, but it got one with Return of the Killer Shrews, released in 2012, 54 years and 119 days after the original. While it was a critical bomb that’s been all but forgotten (and with mixed reviews by viewers) it does feature the return of original actor James Best, who may hold the world record for longest gap between reprising roles in a film sequel.
- Walt Disney originally envisioned Fantasia as being continuously in theaters with new segments inserted into the film. That didn’t work out, but the film did get a sequel, Fantasia 2000, released in 1999, 59 years and 48 days after the original. While it wasn’t a gigantic commercial success, it did get favorable reviews from both critics and the public alike.
- If you were 10 years old when Bambi first came out, you’d be 73 when the sequel, Bambi 2, came out 63 years and 178 days later, the current record holder for longest time between a film and its sequel. And while it got mixed reviews from critics (50% on Rottentomatoes), audience reviews were very positive, breaking the trend that most Disney direct-to-video sequels were bad.
Waiting two to three years for the next Star Wars movie suddenly seems easy, doesn’t it?