The Real Stories Behind Toy Story Legacy and What to Expect for Toy Story 4 | #ToyStory4 Thursday 13 June, 2019

 Thank you to Disney/Pixar Studios for giving me a first look at #ToyStory4 for the official press junket. Toy Stoy 4 debuts in theaters June 21st. 

Did you know Pixar created 20 Films  in 24 years? Its an amazing Animated Studio, one of the first digital animation studios in the world and it all started with Toy Story. The original Toy Story is the first fully computer-generated full-length feature film, and its amazing it is almost 30 years of this amazing story that is deeply loved and renewed between generations. It was an honor to visit the Pixar Stuidos in San Franciso to learn about the Toy Story 4 movie, but since we were there we learned more about all of the Toy Story film’s stories!

I’ve gushed here about how I literally grew up with this franchise. Its so cool and rare for a children’s film to continue to grow and modernize itself with each new era and generation. I was nine when the original came out, and it amazing to know by the time I have my own kids they will have a new version of Toy Story! As we prepare for Toy Story 4 release. I wanted to share some fun facts from where it started from 1995 to now! So many story (pun intended) and animated changes has morphed and developed over the years, so here are some fun facts I learned during the #ToyStory4 press junket at Pixar Studios.

Toy Story (1995)

Did you know Woody was original going to be a ventriloquist dummy? Ventriloquist’s dummies were usually associated with horror movies, Disney executive didnt want Andy to scare the children.
Tom Hanks and his character to Woody was emotional as his character means the world to him as his family. Touching because he’s been this character for almost 30 years.
Tom Hanks loved it from the start and very invested. I don’t know how many characters played the same roles like this for 25 years. He could associate when his child was born based on which Toy Story he was filming for. Very attached to Woody.
Did you know Buzz Lightyear’s name was originally supposed to be Luna Larry?

Pixar originally wanted Jim Carrey to voice Buzz Lightyear, but they couldn’t due to the low budget they were given for the film.

The name “Buzz Lightyear” is a tribute to astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
Brainstorm Name List before it became Toy Story (1993)
Hand Me down hero’s 
Buzz and Woody 
Toy Hero’s 
Don’t Move 
Toys in the Hood 
To infinity and beyond 
I’m no dummy
Plastic buddies
Small hero’s 
Little hero’s 
Never left behind 
Has been hero’s 
Would that have been something if any of these names would of been instead of Toy Story? Toys In The Hood cracks me up the most!

Toy Story 2 (1997)

Toy Story 1 & 2 were only 4 years apart

Toy Story 2 was the first sequel for Tom Hanks and Tim Allen

Jessie was originally going to be a Mexican woman named “Señorita Cactus” and take the flirty place of Bo Peep.

Improved software tools – shading tools were better and updated lighting sources

Toy Story 2 is one of three Disney movies to win a Golden Globe for Best Picture. The other two are Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.


Toy Story 3 (2010)

Toy 2 and 3 was an 11 year gap

The number “95” appears frequently throughout all 3 films. This is in reference to the year the original Toy Story was released, 1995.

Studio grew in size

Enhancement to hair technology started with Monsters Inc.

Improvements with shading in humans

Established Special FX department

Toy Story 3 is also the first animated movie to make over $1 billion at the box office worldwide. It’s the #5 highest grossing movie of all-time.

Toy Story 4

9 year gap between 3 & 4

129 Pixar employees who worked on Toy Story, a total of 1,247 worked on Toy Story 4

Unlike Toy Story 1-3, Toy Story 4 was shot in widescreen to increase cinematic effect

Hyper detailed antique set

Toy Story 4 pays very close attention to details, no matter how small. It was important to the animation team is that they’re creating a world about toys, which, by nature, are tiny. That means that we see a lot of detail from their perspective that we don’t necessarily see from a human perspective and the computer animation department has evolved dramatically since the original Toy Story.

Greater levels of complexity and richness with shading

Software mimics the physics of life

New FX tool with rain sequence and dust and cobwebs

Complex lighting animated lights 1000s practical for the carnival scene

Dust particles into the air with extreme depth of fields. Those details are there to remind you that the characters are plastic toys that have lived a full life.

Similar to live-action films, Toy Story 4 uses a virtual camera to film their scenes. The virtual camera lens technology has focal length, depth of field, f-stop, etc. It also mimics camera movement as if it’s on a physical rig, tripod, track, dolly, or crane.

Animator Claudio de Oliveira actually had a pretty hard time finding sporks to experiment with to create the new character Forky, until he found a local pizza place that had them.

Do you like Easter Eggs? Director Josh Cooley has over 10 pages of imagery that list every single Easter egg that’s hidden in the film, especially during any scenes in the antique shop, which is filled with over 10,000 items.

NEW TOY? – Everyone’s favorite pull-string cowboy sheriff Woody, along with his best friends Buzz Lightyear and Jessie, are happy taking care of their kid, Bonnie, until a new toy called “Forky” arrives in her room. According to Forky, a spork-turned-craft-project, he’s not a toy at all—and he’d rather skip this big adventure completely, if only they’d let him. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack return as the voices of Woody, Buzz and Jessie, and comedian Tony Hale lends his voice to Forky. Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”), “Toy Story 4” ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

GIGGLE MCDIMPLES — In Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” Bo Peep introduces Woody to her best friend Giggle McDimples. A miniature plastic doll from the 1980s, Giggle is Bo’s confidant, supporter and advisor, and spends a lot of her time perched on Bo’s shoulder. Featuring Ally Maki as the voice of Giggle, “Toy Story 4” opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019…©2019 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

LEADING THE WAY — In Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky, declares himself trash and not a toy, so Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. Featuring Tom Hanks as the voice of Woody, and Tony Hale as the voice of Forky, “Toy Story 4” opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.
©2019 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Toy Story 4 is a wonderful animated trip down memory lane in the make everyone fill like this is a warm bath with the nostalgic. Smooth and effortless. I love the Toy Story franchise because you connect with familiar characters and get attached, but also fall in love with new toys. In my next Toy Story post we will meet all of the new toys in #ToyStory4. Can’t wait to see this for myself and 9 year old Kiwi!


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Did you learn anything new about Toy Story? Are you excited about Toy Story 4?

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