Although it was surprising to see a fourth Toy Story film being announced, what may be more surprising is the plot details lined up for the latest installment. As great of a dynamic duo they are, Buzz and Woody may be taking the backseat to a different kind of Toy Story. Hit the jump for the latest on Toy Story 4.
In a recent interview with Disney Latino, Pixar studio president Jim Morris announced that the film will be less of a sequel to the Toy Story trilogy we all know and love and more of a standalone story in its own right. Morris stated,
“The third movie ended in a beautiful way and completed a trilogy. I think this movie is not part of this trilogy. It is a separate story, which in turn I do not know if will be continued. Never begin a project with that in mind.
“It is not a continuation of the end of the story of Toy Story 3. Temporarily it is, but it will be a love story. It will be a romantic comedy. It will not put much focus on the interaction between the characters and children. I think it will be a very good movie.“
The biggest change for the Toy Story movieverse will be the absence of Andy, which fans have slowly been accustom to with recent Pixar shorts such as Partysaurus Rex, Toy Story of Terror, and Toy Story That Time Forgot.
However, because the film is described as a romcom, it could be possible that the animation juggernaut is taking a page from Disney’s camp by integrating a “Disney Princess” type story. Recent Disney Princess films such as The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and of course, the monster hit Frozen scored fairly well at the box office and this change in direction could draw in more female moviegoers in what has mainly been a bromance between the two leads.
With Rashida Jones and Will McCormack writing the screenplay, the Celeste and Jesse Forever duo is no stranger to romantic dramedy.
This also begs the question of who the main couple will be in the film. Because Morris also elaborates on the fact that while the story is not a continuation of the previous Toy Story films, it will definitely touch upon some former characters. Could this mean a closer look at the budding romance between Jesse and Buzz or perhaps the revisiting of an old romance with Mr. and Mrs. Potatohead? Or will we be catching up with Ken and Barbie at Sunnyside Daycare?
The romantic comedy angle is not something Pixar is completely unfamiliar with. For instance, in The Toy Story That Time Forgot we see a budding romance between Trixie, the charismatic triceratops and Reptillus Maximus. Who knows, this pairing may be what we end up seeing on the big screen.
Co-directed by John Lasseter and Josh Cooley, Toy Story 4 is set to be released on June 16, 2017. The film will be written by
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