After plenty of rumours and talks of ‘what if’, Pixar has finally confirmed their plans to create a sequel to the much loved Toy Story 3 which will hit cinemas in 2017. Since the first of the trilogy stormed the big screen in 1995, and put Pixar’s name on the map by being the first completely animated film, all other animated films have had their work cut out for them. All three parts of the Toy Story film series are featured in the top ten list of Pixar’s highest grossing films to date – Toy Story 3 rightfully stands at the number one spot as being Pixar’s best creation. Whilst most film series have the dilemma of the sequel letting down the whole movie name, Pixar nailed both of their Toy Story sequels and left millions furiously trying to decide whether the first, second or third film is better. The combination of box office success, critical acclaim and characters the audience can’t help but love helps create a perfectly rounded trilogy. Which raises the question: Is there any real need for a Toy Story 4?
For 90s babies and their parents to kids who were born in the noughties, Toy Story is simply ‘one of those films’. For those who favour the two original films, (like myself) there’s no doubt about a sense of appreciation for Pixar bringing childhoods alive again with the renewal of Toy Story merchandise and reuniting us with Woody, Buzz and all the gang. No one ever really wanted Toy Story to come to an end; during the raw, dry tension of the incinerator scene in Toy Story 3 came a million damp eyes as we all thought our favourite toy friends were to disappear into flames. The same then happened as we watched lifetime pal Andy give his toys to his young neighbour as he left for college. But although our time with them was over, everyone can admit to being thoroughly satisfied with the thought of the world’s favourite toys being loved and cherished all over again. But should it all have ended there with a happily ever after? For those born around the year Toy Story made its debut, the series – and the central character of Andy – has grown alongside them. Pixar’s clever and effective timing of the films have allowed millions to empathise with the storyline and the closing of the Toy Story era felt all the more perfect. So are Pixar simply trying to resurrect the past for more money? There is no doubt that the fourth Toy Story will explode into cinemas with all new characters to turn into cuddly toys to sell in the Disney shop, so is this Pixar’s only motive? I never considered Toy Story 4 as a highly anticipated sequel and with the likes of Finding Dory and The Incredibles 2 due to make a hit, it seems like the market for animation films is piling up.
With original Toy Story director and Pixar CEO John Lasseter confirmed to be working with the new installment of the franchise alongside Toy Story 3 writer Lee Unkrich, Andrew Stanton (of Wall-E and Finding Nemo fame) and Pete Docter (Director of Up), it would be a lie to say everyone – children and adults alike – aren’t itching to see how the new film will turn out and what’s next in store for our pals. But that’s where they make their millions; the child inside us all won’t allow us to miss this but after such a perfect ending in Toy Story 3, will that child be crushingly disappointed?
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