December 18, 2008

Toy Story 3

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Toy Story 3
is an upcoming computer-animated 3-D film being produced by Pixar Animation Studios, slated for release on June 18, 2010.[1] It is a sequel to the films Toy Story and Toy Story 2. Lee Unkrich, who edited the previous films, and co-directed the second, takes over as director. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen have been confirmed to return to the cast.

Premise

The film has Woody, Buzz, and the rest of their toy-box friends being dropped off at a day-care center after their owner, Andy, leaves for college.[2]

Cast

Slinky Dog's voice artist Jim Varney died of lung cancer in 2000. He was replaced by a friend who producer John Lasseter described as "sound[ing] an awful lot like him".[5]

Development

According to the terms of Pixar's original deal with Disney, all characters created by Pixar for their films were owned by Disney. Furthermore, Disney retained the rights to make sequels to any Pixar film, regardless of whether Pixar chose to work on the films or not. However, there had been a gentlemen's agreement between Disney and Pixar that Disney would not go ahead with sequels to films without Pixar's involvement. But in 2004, when the contentious negotiations between the two companies made a split appear likely, Disney Chairman at the time Michael Eisner put in motion plans to produce Toy Story 3 at a new Disney studio, Circle 7 Animation. Tim Allen, the voice of Buzz Lightyear, indicated a willingness to return even if Pixar was not on board.[6]

Jim Herzfeld wrote a script for Circle 7's version of the film. It focused on the other toys shipping a malfunctioning Buzz to Taiwan, believing that he will be fixed there. While searching on the Internet, however, they find out that the malfunctions are happening to many toys around the world and the company has issued a massive recall. Fearing Buzz's destruction, a group of Andy's toys (Woody, Rex, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Hamm, Jessie, and Bullseye) venture to rescue Buzz. At the same time Buzz meets other toys from around the world that were once loved but have now been recalled.[6]

In January 2006, Disney bought Pixar in a deal that put Pixar chiefs Edwin Catmull and John Lasseter in charge of all Disney Animation. Shortly thereafter, Circle 7 Animation was shut down and its version of Toy Story 3 was shelved.[6] The following month, Disney CEO Robert Iger[7] John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Lee Unkrich visited the house where they first pitched Toy Story and came up with the story for the film over a weekend. Stanton then wrote a treatment.[8] On February 8, 2007, Catmull announced Toy Story 2's co-director, Lee Unkrich, as the sole director of the film instead of John Lasseter, and Michael Arndt as screenwriter.[9][10] confirmed that Disney was in the process of transferring the production to Pixar. The release date was moved to 2010.


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