Caitlyn Busch, reporting for SyFyWire:
Will there be another Toy Story movie?
“We sort of joked that we thought Toy Story 2 was the last one,” producer Jonas Rivera said at first of working on Toy Story 4. “When we finished that one we thought that was the end of the story. And how we approached [Toy Story 4] … with Woody as the protagonist, this was the final chapter. And as filmmakers, we feel satisfied that this is where you could end it.
He continued: “Now there’s an implied future to all these films. And we sort of ‘never say never’ at Pixar. But as storytellers, we’re satisfied with this as closing the chapter.”
This is Public Relations 101. Rivera probably doesn’t want fans to expect more Toy Story movies or even think about audience fatigue. But he also doesn’t want to make false promises.
So here’s where it gets interesting.
…Rivera’s comment seems like less of a confirmation of an end when taken in context with what Hanks had to say about his last recording session for Toy Story 4.
He said he realized it was “the last moment of the current Toy Story,” implying there *is* a future for the franchise — just a slightly different one. After saying that, he pulled the pre-approved talking points given to him by Disney out of his pocket as his fellow panelists, including Annie Potts (Bo Peep) and Tony Hale (Forky), ribbed him for revealing too much, and the audience laughed.
Hanks’ comments could mean a lot of things, here. More Toy Story shorts, for example, similar to how we saw continued adventures with the toys and Bonnie after Toy Story 3. But his phrasing of “the current Toy Story” has some people wondering if Pixar might one day make a new movie about new toys.
So it wouldn’t be Toy Story 5, but perhaps a “Toy Story: Blank,” featuring a completely different cast and setting. Personally, I’m more quick to believe Pixar and Disney want to consider a computer-animated series of some kind for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service, similar to their Monsters at Work show based on Monsters Inc or even the animated Buzz Lightyear show from the early 2000s.
Why a series? Animated sequels are becoming a harder sell for audiences who only want to pay movie ticket prices for massive event films they can’t wait to see. The Lego Movie 2, How to Train Your Dragon 3, and The Secret Life of Pets 2 are all 2019 computer-animated sequels that have massively underperformed compared to their predecessors. The tides are changing for the format that once doomed hand-drawn animated movies.
A Toy Story spin-off series could feel like a breath of fresh air, give Pixar animators something fun to do in between working on features, and potentially set up a new franchise down the road with characters already established in episodic format. Fans would be happy because Woody and Buzz’s story finally gets its needed conclusion. And Pixar would be happy because they can keep experimenting with Toy Story lore in ways that are exciting for everyone.
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