November 6, 2014

Post 170: 'Toy Story 4' Is Coming! (UPDATED!)

Hi everybody! Remember how I said Inside Out getting a teaser would probably be the biggest 2014 Pixar news story. Well, not only did forget we also go the news about Incredibles 2, but also now we have this breaking news story that will probably let Pixar take over the internet for the rest of the year.

Toy Story 4 session - Image © Pixar / Debby Coleman

"Disney's quarterly earnings call took place Thursday afternoon and among the updates from the day, Bob Iger stunned audiences with the news that John Lasseter would return to the director's chair to create, Toy Story 4. The idea for the film, releasing on June 16, 2017, was pulled together by none other than Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich and John Lasseter - who were the driving force between the first three Toy Story features. John Lasseter also elaborated on some of his excitement for the project -
“We love these characters so much; they are like family to us. We don’t want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before. Toy Story 3 ended Woody and Buzz’s story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie—and I wanted to direct it myself.”

 The news has had mixed reviews on social media, but we're remaining ever-optimistic as Pixar has created some of the most magical films in animation history. In fact, many people expressed similar concerns when Toy Story 3 was announced and that movie simply wowed audiences. Of course, it all comes down to story since we already have immense love and respect for the film's characters. To that end, Pixar has green lit the writing team of Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever) to handle the script while Galyn Susman (Toy Story of TERROR! and Toy Story That Time Forgot) will produce the film.
Susman photo © Pixar/Debby Coleman - Jones photo © Jeff Vespa
courtesy IMDb - McCormack photo © Imeh Akpanudosen courtesy IMDb

Adding to the big news of the day, John Lasseter also sat down and talked with the Los Angeles Times to discuss the project and had this to say - 
Toy Story 4 will be a love story and will pick up where Toy Story 3 left off, when Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the series' toy chest of characters were handed down to a little girl named Bonnie. 
A lot of people in the industry view us doing sequels as being for the business of it, but for us it's pure passion. We only make sequels when we have a story that's as good as or better than the original. We don't just, because of the success of a film, automatically say we're going to do a sequel and then figure out what we're going to do.  
After the news of the release settled in our minds, we immediately thought of the existing slate of Pixar films coming out and wondered how this would fit into the mix. Would this film push back another film in production? Would it simply be added to the list? Only time will tell, but here is the timeline of films that have been announced to date:
  • Inside Out - June 19, 2015
  • The Good Dinosaur - November 25, 2015
  • Finding Dory - June 17, 2016
  • Toy Story 4 - June 16, 2017
  • Lee Unkrich's untitled film about the Dia De Los Muertos holiday - Date unknown
  • Cars 3 - Date unknown
  • The Incredibles 2 - Date unknown" -Pixar Post

"Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times scored an interview with Lasseter, who offered some details on the premise of the film. Keegan writes:

Lasseter told The Times that “Toy Story 4″ will be a love story and will pick up where “Toy Story 3″ left off, when Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the series’ toy chest of characters were handed down to a little girl named Bonnie.
TOY STORY 3Although that is not much to go on, it is certainly more than I was expecting at this point. Now that we know the film’s plot will revolve around a love story, we can start asking questions about the characters the film will focus on. Buzz and Woody were always the stars of the feature films, but secondary characters, such as Jessie, were often given large roles. Rex and Trixie, along with Barbie and Ken, are some of the toys who have been the focus of the Toy Story shorts and specials from the studio. Given that it will be a love story, we have evidence that could see Buzz and Jessie become the stars – the two have been love interests since Toy Story 2.

With Andy’s story coming to an end in Toy Story 3, maybe Toy Story 4 will be the start of Bonnie’s trilogy. Then, we can crawl into a corner and cry all over again when Bonnie has to grow up and leave the toys behind. That is looking too far into the future, though. In all seriousness, Toy Story 4 will be put under a microscope by critics and audiences who believed the Toy Story film franchise was done. Pixar has its work cut out for it, in order to impress audiences all over agin. However, looking back, we may have had our doubts about Toy Story 2, and then again with Toy Story 3, but the studio delivered exceptional films each time." -Pixar Times

I am not going to go too much into my thoughts on Toy Story 4 but I will make a Pixar Points on it sometime soon. Anyways, I have by fingers crossed  that John would do a good job on how to continue the Toy Story storyline. I personally thought he would tell somebody else to do it and so he could do Cars 3, but I guess it would have been him because everybody else has their hands full with other movies. And stay tuned on this blog to hear my thoughts on the movie which I have planned to release sometime December of this year. Why December? It's because I have other Points planned including a look on Pixar villains, a new type of Points, and a mini-series of Points that will include my thoughts on this movie. Anyways, I hope you always keep on tuning in to this blog for all kinds of news like this, opinion pieces, and reviews! Until then, see you soon!

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