In case you haven't heard, it was recently announced that a fourth Toy Story movie was in the works and slated for a June 16, 2017 release date. Normally I would be extremely excited for another Toy Story movie... if they didn't already make a perfect third installment! The Toy Story trilogy is one of the best trilogies of all time (I love you too Star Wars, just differently). Here is what John Lasseter, director of the first two Toy Story movies, had to say about why another Toy Story movie is happening:
We love these characters so much; they are like family to us," Lasseter said in a statement. "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.
Okay first of all, "long time"? It was 4 years ago! Secondly, they haven't actually stated what the premise of this movie will be or why they have to make it. So I took the liberty to form my own ideas as why this movie is happening:
1. The Lego Movie
In February of 2014 Warner Brothers struck gold with their movie involving toys, The Lego Movie. Ever since that movie came out children everywhere are buying Lego's or going to Lego Land. The movie was so successful that it's getting a sequel in 2018.
Seeing all the success WB was having , Disney must have felt somewhat threatened in their toy department. So they respond with:
Then proceeded to announce a Toy Story Movie that would release the year before the Lego Movie sequel. Also, the Lego movie was able to make some pretty big head-ways in their other properties (DC comics, the Hobbit, Harry Potter etc) even Star Wars! Disney probably saw their Lego Star Wars sales going up and thought, "Hey, what if we make a movie about toys with our properties and make them go up in profit as well!" Enter my next point...
2. Star Wars and Marvel
People should be well aware now that Disney owns Star Wars and Marvel comics. They have made some pretty big waves in both those properties so far, but they still feel they can do better! With the Marvel movie slate being recently announced and the new Star Wars Trilogy getting underway, the timing could not be better to make a movie with toy versions of all those characters.
The mere thought that any of these characters could potentially be in the next Toy Story movie is pretty darn exciting. That still doesn't change the fact that it feels like a cash grab. Pixar wants to utilize their properties and make as much money as they possibly can. They also really seem to take pride in Toy Story, as it is their first movie they made as a studio and arguably their most successful series.
3. Can't seem to let it go
When one looks at the amount of revenue that the Toy Story series has brought in, you can't help but be impressed.
Toy Story - $361,958,736
Toy Story 2- $485,015,179
Toy Story 3- $1.063 billion
Granted the amount for tickets has increased in the following years since the first Toy Story, but that is still a substantial amount of money! Although it's not so much about the money, Toy Story holds a special place in Pixar. The people behind these characters love them and their stories. They have created a series that has touched the hearts of adults and children of different generations. It's understandable why they don't want to say goodbye to them.
But adding a fourth installment they risk ruining a beautiful story about friendship, childhood, and moving on (ironic isn't?). If they go through with this movie, I hope for their sake that it's good. Because I would hate to see a series so beloved be tarnished because a studio wanted to make more money.