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Pixar started out with a bang with its first feature film Toy Story in 1995. Shattering box office records, the animation company grew into the multi-billion dollar company it is today. Coming out with critically acclaimed film after film, Pixar showed no signs of faltering. Recently, there have been rumors floating around that the story of our beloved toy heroes has not concluded.
Pixar has an interesting past. It started out as an animation studio for Lucas Films Inc. in the 1970’s. Around the 1980’s up-and-coming computer engineer and businessman, Steve Jobs bought the company who, in 2006, sold the company for 7.4 billion dollars to Disney. Right now, it technically is part of the Disney Empire, but most of the creative control is still in the hands of the people at Pixar.
Tom Hanks, who plays Woody in the Toy Story trilogy, recently went toured around England to promote his new movie Larry Crowne. BBC’s own Tim Muffet caught up with Hanks to talk about his new film. However, during the interview, the topic had rapidly switched to the Toy Story franchise when Muffet asked about a Toy Story 4.
In a fast, low tone voice with a blank expression plastered upon Hanks’ face he responded, “I think there will be, yeah. Yeah, yeah, think they’re working on it now. There you go.” When reporters reached out to Pixar for comments, they only found closed lips and closed doors.
With Pixar not saying a peep, Toy Story 4 is not really officially a movie as of yet. With the rumor spreading, people are beginning to get up in arms about the fourth installment. Many moviegoers who grew up with the franchise were ready for the story to end and to them it could not have ended more perfectly with the third film.
With a fourth movie they fear that the nostalgic magic that the movie gives them will be turned to dust. Others believe this fourth piece is just a result of a money hungry production company, knowing that they will cash in on the profits.
First off, there is a very good chance this could be a nail in the coffin for Toy Story. Three sequels are a bit much and with their first flop with Cars 2 it raises speculation on how good it could be. Yet, to those who doubt, look at Pixar’s track record. For over a decade and a half Pixar has not made one single flop.
They were bound to make one bad movie sooner or later. Pixar is known for working on projects for years: Up! took more than five years to make. So with such a high bar for the Toy Story series, and with ample time to perfect the story, Pixar creating a bad Toy Story film should be the least of people’s troubles.
With Pixar protecting their Toy Story 4 ambitions like it was the Declaration of Independence details and idea leaks are scarce to none. So really, Toy Story 4 could be great or terrible at this point in time. With judgments already made about the movie, people are already showing resentment but remember, anyone can be angry, but as the old saying goes, do not count your chickens before they hatch.