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TOY STORY 3 In 2009! More Pixar And Disney News Everywhere! Bold Days Ahead!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. A couple of articles appeared online today that seem to add up to a fairly complete picture of what Pixar and Disney are up to for the next few years. Great stuff, looks like. I’m pretty much up for whatever they do. I have that much faith in the team that’s managing the studios now. I think we’re about to see a rebirth of Disney as an industry leader in animation, and the idea that another TOY STORY is going to be part of that pleases me enormously now that it’s being done by the right people. Robogeek was one of the first to send us a heads-up on this one:

"Toy Story 3" is coming in 2009, but John Lasseter won't be the director. In addition to confirming for the first time that a third "Toy Story" is in the works, most likely for 2009 release, Lasseter said Lee Unkrich will helm it. Unkrich co-directed "Toy Story 2," "Monsters, Inc." and "Finding Nemo" but has never before been sole helmer on a Pixar pic… Michael Arndt, Oscar-nominated scribe of "Little Miss Sunshine," is penning the script. Lasseter also revealed a behind-the-scenes shift at Walt Disney Feature Animation -- which is separate from Pixar but also under the control of Lasseter and Catmull -- by announcing that Chris Williams, a vet story artist at the Mouse, is now directing 2008 release "American Dog." Pic was developed and previously under the control of "Lilo & Stitch" helmer Chris Sanders, who recently left Disney. Catmull denied speculation that Walt Disney Feature Animation may become a 2-D-only studio, with Pixar handling CGI, though he did confirm the Mouse will bring back hand-drawn pics. "We're really excited about that and have brought back some great directors to work on that," he said, presumably referring to "The Frog Princess," a 2-D pic being developed by "Aladdin" and "Treasure Planet" helmers Ron Clements and John Musker, whom Lasseter brought back to Disney last year. That pic is believed to be on the fast track and may be the division's next release after "American Dog."
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  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Just leave well enough 1st

    by zenith1226

    Shouldnt they make a direct to dvd crappy version to lessen the Magic and beauty of the original??? BTW Cinderella III is out this month!!!

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Is it still the same crappy plot?

    by clockpolitiks

    Didn't someone find out the general plot of what it was going to be about? It sounded really bad, and almost like the 2nd one. I think it had something to do with Buzz getting recalled back to china or some crap and woody has to rescue him.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:16 a.m. CST

    chris williams

    by TodayzSpecial

    Well if anyone was going to take Chris Sanders' place, Chris Williams is the man. I guess Joe Jump got shelved too.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:19 a.m. CST


    by Salamander

    Wasn't fussed about Cars - it was okay, didnt want to see nemo but thoght it was far better than i expected but toy story those were raising the bar. great entertainment and i am glad that its going to be done by pixar people who care and love about the film more than the quick dollar disney out put machine. so ....what about incredibles sequel ??!!!

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:23 a.m. CST

    slinky ...

    by Salamander

    .. i wonder who they will get to take over slinky .. rip Jim Varney, not sure if I would want slink to be in there without JV doing the voice but he is a main character. bit torn on that one.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:36 a.m. CST

    zenith, you're right dude!

    by just pillow talk

    I hope they have extensive commentary on Cinderella III.<p>Whatever they throw out there is gold, regardless of plot regurgitation. First half of Cars was no good...

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3?

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Fingers are crossed for that one. A classic original and an even better sequel? That's a hard run to keep going. With Cars being the first Pixar film I didn't rush out to see (still haven't seen it) and Ratatouille looking a bit on the generic side, I hope we aren't witnessing the slide of Pixar into bland Disney territory.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3: Buzz Gets a Woody


    Leave it be man, leave it be, I'm talking about Tim Allens career that is, its dead. besides how old would that kid with "Toys" be now anyway? will the movie reflect his social retardedness? that a grown teenager is playing with his woody?

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 7:05 a.m. CST

    TS3? No need. I doubt it will live up to the 1st two.

    by nemesisdarkside

    I'd much rather they either gave us an Incredibles 2 or let Brad Bird develop another idea from scratch (aka not Ratatouille).<P>While Pixar has a really great record, I guess they are going to become like every other studio: A lot of average films, a few turkeys and even fewer classics.<P>Not saying that any of their upcomings films will suck, as I cannot predict the future like other TBers think they can. It's just these new projects are giving me the same feeling I got with Cars before its release. Indifference. And the outcome of that wasn't great for me.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 7:06 a.m. CST

    When can I look forward to "A Bug's Afterlife?"

    by Pound Sand

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3? Mr Lasseter, you got yerself a

    by Laserbrain

    FRANCHISE. Here comes the new boss.....

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Glad they brought back 2D Animation...

    by Neo Con Snake Plissken

    Just because it's in 3D Doesn't mean it's going to be good. One thing Pixar understands is "The STORY is KING". The animation is secondary. Write good scripts for 2D animation and people will show up to the theatre. Or at least download it off of Bit Torrent.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah and here's the obligatory "2D's GOTTA EAT"

    by Neo Con Snake Plissken

    Or whatever you fucking rubes always post.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 7:36 a.m. CST

    TS and TS2 were terrific

    by Fecal Debris

    I saw 'em both in the theater--and I was a guy in my 20s with no kids! Now I have kids, and they love 'em. But the story will have to be different this time, if they allow for the true passage of time (which means Andy would be a teenager now, and more interested in sushi taint than action figures)

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 7:48 a.m. CST

    I thnk this news is welcome becuase

    by emeraldboy

    Disney will have three weapons to fire at and kill off Dreamworks completlely. Weapon 1 is the 2d gun, Weapon 2 will be pixar and weapon 3 will be the performance caputure studio being setup by Disney and Robert Zemeckis.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 7:42 a.m. CST

    As long as TS3 is the last

    by supertoyslast

    Extras on The Ultimate Toy Box DVD set show ideas that would make a great conclusion to a trilogy. The kid finally discards his toys -such is the fate of all toys. But the toys get a new lease of life at the end by being donated to a nursery. That's the perfect way to end and complements the angst about the purpose of being a toy from the first two films. And, given the writer, it looks like it might be 2009's Little Miss Sunshine.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST

    I knew something was in the works...

    by Onomaki Forp

    ...with Disney opening a new second Toy Story ride at its Florida parks, and having two characters dressed as Buzz Lightyear on ABC's Boston Legal...

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3: Woody gets ebayed

    by Pi-Rate

    When poor Andy falls on hard times, he decides it's time to part with his treasured "childhood friends". After selling most of his toys on ebay, Buzz and what's left of the gang go on a quest to reunite the old gang by going "To PayPal - and BEYOND!"

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3: Woody is Actually Emperor Palpatine

    by uss cygnus

    "Are you threatening me, Master Potato Head?" The Toybox purge scene in the script is supposed to be heartbreaking.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 8:45 a.m. CST

    The plot should be a no brainer. . .

    by Nice Marmot

    Mom sells toys out from under kid at yard sale. Did anybody's toys suffer any other fate? Castle Greyskull for $5.00, Mom??? I mean, come ON!!!

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 8:53 a.m. CST

    I'm a little bit worried.

    by beastie

    Does anyone else remember when Pixar took more than a year to release films? Does anyone else remember when Eisner's Disney started releasing one animated film per summer? I'm afraid that Pixar will suffer the same mediocre fate that the mid to late '90s Disney films did. Here's to hoping that Lasseter isn't just cranking 'em out. Also, anyone else hope that maybe Lasseter will get a Tim Burton stop motion animated film in there, somewhere?

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 8:58 a.m. CST

    I heard Woody and Buzz...

    by Fecal Debris

    ...will be completely CGI.<p> Oh, wait.<p> Toy Story 3. Featuring baby potato spuds, a baby T-Rex, Bo Peep nude, Woody actually uses his gun, Jesse gets orally cosmic on Buzz's "rocket," Zurg KC and Sarge have a snowy adventure, and Hamm gets melted in a freak accident with a portable heater.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 9:01 a.m. CST

    You know it's gonna have...

    by Fecal Debris

    ...a sequence where some wayward kids paints flames on Buzz, and Woody loses his vest and shirt and jeans for some reason--and we discover he has nipples and cowprint underwear (which makes Jesse yodel).

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 9:28 a.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 10 a.m. CST

    Sounds great

    by beelkay

    Assuming they get the original voice actors to participate.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 10:02 a.m. CST

    No Lasseter? Thank God.

    by JackLint

    After Cars, I don't think I could watch another Lasseter movie. By far the worst pixar movie ever. If it beats Monster House for the Oscar, I'm going to be pissed.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Finding Nemo 2: He Gets Lost Again!

    by durhay

    The Incredibles Meet Unbreakable <p> Toy Story 3: The Joy of Breaking Toys with Flame and Hammer

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 11:05 a.m. CST

    When will we get Incredibles 2?!?

    by Acappellaman

    Yeah, sure, I'm excited and all that we'll be getting Toy Story 3 done right, but when will they bring us Incredibles 2? <p> My ideal plot points for I:2 would be for the Incredibles family facing off against another team of super-baddies. That seems like a pretty obvious thing to do for the main plot, but I think a freaking PERFECT sub-plot would be for Edna to have a counterpart (perhaps a former intern or assistant?) who makes costumes for the bad guys. Edna and her The Other would be having their own show-down with costumes and/or equipment they've designed. Whether it's face-to-face between them or watching their stuff being used by the heroes & villains wouldn't matter to me, but I think it would be fun to watch. Make it happen PIXAR!!

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 11:14 a.m. CST

    2009's LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE!!!!!

    by Turd Furgeson

    Same writer and all......

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Little Miss Sunshine was not very good

    by Rupee88

    This is really bad news....I guess I can just avoid TS3 and keep the purity and fondness for TS1 and TS2. But it's still sad they are going to go for a big payday and make a sequel without the original screenwriters.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Neutron

    So what do you after you buck the trend and release a sequel that's better than the original? Release another sequel that's nowhere near as good as either of the first two, and spoils them by association. I thought Pixar was above crass commercialism but obviously not. If they're doing sequels, why not any of the others?

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 12:17 p.m. CST


    by Frijole

    The other team of baddies should be a family as well. The Hatfields vs. The McCoys...

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 12:23 p.m. CST

    I read somewhere

    by Novaman5000

    That one concept of TS3 had andy growing up and outgrowing the toys, and the toys going on an adventure to find new children and eventually end up in an orphanage where they would always have children to play with until the END OF TIME!! I kind of like that concept, to be honest.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 12:36 p.m. CST

    incredibles 2

    by samsquanch

    so say we all

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Chris Sanders

    by Gunslinger1919

    So what happened was Lassetter came in and saw what Disney Animation was doing (making a Toy Story 3), scrapped the whole thing including the script so Pixar could work on it...then went over to Chris Sanders...who'd been working on American Dog as a CGI movie and said....bend over buddy...Woody's got some work to do... --G

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 1:24 p.m. CST

    American Dog is back?

    by jrbarker

    I thought that pic was scrapped. That's the real story here!

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Flames on Buzz = Nipples on Megatron

    by finky089

    Toy Story 3: 3Toys, 3 Stories

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Toy Story Special Editions

    by nemler

    I can't wait for the Special Editions of Toy Story 1 and 2 to hit theaters. I hear there is a bunch of new footage coming our way...and it is all live action shots.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Incredibles 2

    by DarthMusashi2112

    Amen brother.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Incredibles 2 - (Frijole...)

    by MC Vamp

    Actually, why not go a step further, and have the evil family be the parents and little brother of Violet's crush Tony from Incredibles 1? A whole Romeo-and-Juliet thing, plus the redemption of the villain's children (and maybe the spouse) along the way. At the end, the Parrs and their "Counter-Parrs" form a new super-team, ala the JLA? Writes itself! At least good enough for like, a comic book sequel if not a big-screen effort...

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Toy Story 3 - Beyond Thunderdome

    by Motoko Kusanagi


  • Feb. 9, 2007, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Toy Story 3 - Back In Action

    by nemler

    True dat.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 3:30 p.m. CST

    chickychow has been meh'd

    by nemesisdarkside


  • Feb. 9, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST

    I love how the people who diss Disney for sequels ...

    by 7-zark-7

    ... are often the -same- people who say, "when is Pixar gonna make THE INCREDIBLES 2 ..?!"

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:23 p.m. CST


    by wackybantha

    Are there BOY TOYS and GIRL TOYS? Can only boys play with trucks? Can only girls play with dolls? Join Buzz and Woody and the whole gang to find the answers behind the SEX TOYS!!!

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Toy Story 3: Precious Cargo...

    by Monkey_King

    teaser poster is online somewhere. I believe the screenwriter posts as Lawrence on Rob Zombie's Halloween page.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Incredibles 2 has one big problem...

    by Osmosis Jones

    ...unless Bird jumps the timeline ahead several years, he's going to have to re-cast the kid who voiced Dash. And if he *does* set it ahead 5-10 years, Dash will be about 20, and Violet will 25, and both will be out of the house, which will kind of screw up the whole "Superhero Family" idea. As for TS3, the second film had such a perfect ending, a third installment will only tarnish the legacy of the first two, especially with no Slinky Dog.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 11:25 p.m. CST

    you know, Lilo & Stitch is an abslute classic

    by BendersShinyAss

    Just watched it witht he kids yesterday. champion film

  • Feb. 10, 2007, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3: Boogie Nights

    by uss cygnus

    "I like to see computer generated people fucking on film."

  • Feb. 10, 2007, 8:28 a.m. CST

    I love people complaining about Increidbles 2 wishers

    by Drath

    Like a sequel to a comic book adventure movie is somehow in the same league as a sequel to Bambi or Cinderella. For fuck's sake, assholes, some stories are built to have sequels, but ones that end with "happily ever after" and were made 40+ years ago only to get a sequel now when apparently no one has anything better to make, are just desperate for money. At least Bambi 2 and Cinderella 3 looked good, what with drawn animation being so missed and all. I'm sorry that Pixar (and Lasseter) is getting a bum rap on the Internet lately. Now that they're "the man" and have had to fire people at Disney, they aren't so popular anymore. Jim Hill Media seems to hate them because they ate his children or something. I don't know if they've started to clear away any of the glut of middle managers that have ruined Disney Animation for so long, but I have heard of animators getting layed off or ousted--Chris Sanders being one of them--and it seems like people are all too ready to hate them for it. Also with Cars, it seems like Pixar has begun to misfire with some people in the audience, and perhaps that blood has lured out the sharks on the net as well. Personally I wasn't big for Cars, I liked A Bug's Life more, but they can't all be my favorites and after the Indcredibles and Finding Nemo and Toy Story 2 all being so great, I knew they were due for a let down. Even so I still felt something in the final race of the movie, so I guess I just like animation too much to be a hater on Lasseter.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Not this fucking asswipe ^

    by orcus