2018 is only a couple years away and if you are like me you are stupid excited for the movie to release, getting cosplay costumes ready, waiting for tickets, and trying to concoct ways to keep strangers' kids quiet for two hours. Two years is about the midway point of production for most Pixar films so let’s examine what we know:
It’s A Love Story
Many a manly tear was shed in Woody’s behalf for the absence of Bo Peep in Toy Story 3. As far as I could tell there are really two reasons that she wasn’t there: 1) Why would Andy keep a Bo Peep ceramic doll? and 2) Being made of ceramic would present a particular problem at Sunnyside and the incinerator:
Now, the problem is how we get her back?
The movie is supposed to be about Woody and Buzz searching for her. How that search starts is still unknown, but that’s OK. Woody gets his girl back. I can ship that!
Tom Hanks has confirmed that he has recorded his part on The Grahm Norton Show
That is to be expected. He’s Woody. He’s kind of important. The more curious voice casting is Laurie Metcalf, who voiced Andy’s mom has been confirmed to be in the film as Andy’s mom. Why? We know that Andy’s mom is obviously a friend of Bonnie's mom so maybe it’s just a cameo, but Pixar is never that simple. It is worth mentioning that Andy's mom is the indirect cause of all the problems in the past movies — maybe she has something to do with Bo's disappearance?
As of yet I haven’t heard anything from the other voice actors, but I think it’s safe to assume that we will be seeing the original cast come back to reprise their respective roles.
John Lasseter Is Directing
For those of you who don’t know, John Lasseter is VERY important. When Pixar was dissolved into the Walt Disney Corporation the president, Bob Iger, appointed the CEO of Pixar, Lasseter, to be head of all animation projects at Disney and Pixar. Nothing gets out to theaters without John first saying “OK.” It’s hard to get a movie approved sometimes. Toy Story 4 has obviously been greenlit, but the guy who approved it is also directing the film. That shows how much John believes in this movie.
This could also be a cause of concern. This is the same position that John was in when he was directing Cars 2, which is the lowest audience-ranked Pixar movie (and not just by a little ways either). Can John handle the stress of both directing a high-interest movie AND managing two giant corporations? We will see.
Along with John Lasseter directing the film, we have pretty much the entire original brain trust back that worked on the first Toy Story. John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich will be the head story development team before the concept makes it to the script writers.
The script writers, however, are extremely new in terms of high-budget films. Rashida Jones and her writing comrade Will McCormack will write the script, Jones only having one credit with Celeste and Jesse Forever, while McCormack has written a few episodes of Parks and Recreation.
Not much is known at this point about the movie, and with a couple other higher demand sequels announced by Pixar it makes sense that there wouldn’t be too many questions or publicity at this point, but we’ve trusted Pixar this far and Toy Story is their baby. They won’t drop it. They won’t break it. They play nice (hopefully).
What do you think? Are you excited for this movie? Do you deem it unnecessary? Lets talk about it in the comments below, and don’t forget to share this article with Toy Story fans.
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