Disney recently announced at D32 that Toy Story 4 will center on the love story between Woody and Bo Peep, making Pixar fans, young and old, go crazy with excitement.
John Lasseter, Disney Chief Creative Officer, gave a statement saying that “It’s something we’ve never done with Toy Story before. At Pixar and at Disney we only do a sequel if we have come up with something that’s as good, or better than the original. That’s our rule”.
Lasseter also serves as co-directing on the movie, and informed that the story is very emotional and personal to him as it was inspired by his wife.
Toy Story 4 is set to hit theatres in June 2017, and Pixar previously announced that the story would be isolated from the rest of the franchise.
So to celebrate the news about the forth Toy Story movie, let’s look back on the original and remember a few fun, behind the scenes facts about it. After all, the movie turns 20 this year, and who doesn’t automatically smile when think of its story and characters?
It was the first glimpse of what Pixar has to offer – innovative storytelling that’s both emotional and visually spectacular, unique characters, and inspiring messages.
1) Lasseter revealed at D23 that fans have The Nightmare Before Christmas to thank for the existence of Toy Story. Before Tim Burton’s movie about a skeleton who gets bored of being the king of Halloween, Disney never made an animated film outside of their own studios. But after Burton approach Disney representatives, they became a lot more open to other types of collaboration.
2) Toy Story was inspired by Midnight Run. Lasseter and his team decided early on that they didn’t want a typical movie with a good guy, a bad guy, and a fairytale ending. When they finally realized that they wanted to make a buddy comedy (which “had never been done in animation before”), they looked at the relationship that Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro had in Midnight Run.
3) Disney wasn’t initially crazy about having the word “toy” in the movie’s title. Their reason was that they feared the term would alienate teenage and adult audiences. But Pixar insisted on it, and we all know how successful the movie was (and still is).
4) You were this close to knowing Buzz Lightyear by a different name – “Temptest from Morph to Star Command”.
5) Most of your favorite lines of Woody’s were ad-libbed. Tom Hanks was given a lot of freedom to improvise, and Lasseter’s favorite memory is that Hanks ad-libbed the entire dialog in the scene where Woody plays with one of Buzz Lightyear’s detached arms.
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