Thursday, November 6, 2014

Toy Story 4: In a Theater Near You in 2017

Of course the announcement of Toy Story 4's eminent release came during an earnings call by Bob Iger. Because, as we all now know, Pixar is nothing more these day's than Disney's ATM.

We all knew it was going to happen, even though Toy Story 3 ended on such a perfect note. Those Toy Story Toons kept the characters alive, and now that the new and old toys all have a young owner for a new generation to grow up with, who's to say this won't be a sort of franchise reboot, introducing the children of the first generation to the amazing (yet to be determined) series.

John Lasster will direct, which is a good thing? I don't know, he's not the John Lasster that made the first Toy Story. He's now the John Lasster that made Cars 2 and forced Luigi's Flying tires on unsuspecting victims in Anaheim, and he's not getting any younger or more creative (and I guess "Frozen" and "Wreck It Ralph" and stuff).

Admittedly, the Toy Story franchise is the only Pixar franchise that has worked. Monsters and Cars both were eh features with an eh-ier sequel in MU's case, and a terrible film that made "Planes 2" look like Citizen Kane in "Cars 2's" case.

As someone who answers "Toy Story" to the question "What is one of your favorite movies?" this announcement is bittersweet. I'm a big fan of not fixing broken things, and this seems like breaking further something that is showing a lot of cracks (Pixar, especially compared to Disney Animation's renaissance, led by none other than John Lasster.)

What do you think? Are you happy MSM is back? What's your favorite type of holiday coffee product? Let me know in the comments and on Twitter!

1 comment:

  1. I personally believe that the reason Pixar have decided to do a fourth Toy Story film is because somewhere in their hearts they don't want to see their epic creation go. Toy Story was Pixar's first feature-length animated film. On the other hand, I also think that Pixar have chosen to do Toy Story 4 because they could potentially be short of ideas. Think of it like this - their most recent films have never really hit the same spot as some of their classics - Cars 2, Brave, sure, they did well, but they never gained the acclaim of films such as Toy Story 1 and 2 and 3 and others such as Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc etc. I think the same is for Finding Dory - its been so long since Finding Nemo that perhaps Pixar were running out of ideas and they knew of the critical acclaim of Finding Nemo so they thought 'hey let's do a sequel'. In both cases I'm neutral - I'm happy but at the same time I'm happy the way it ended and feel there is no need for a sequel. I just really want to see Pixar and Disney create new projects now - I want a new line of films that have the same emotion and receive the same acclaim as Pixar's original hits - I want the new generation of children to experience new original films that give them what films like Toy Story and Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc once gave me.

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