‘Toy Story 3’ Director Lee Unkrich Leaving Pixar After 25 Years

It is the end of an era as Pixar Animation Studios is set to bid a final farewell to Toy Story 3 Director Lee Unkrich.

Unkrich informed his fellow employees of his departure on Friday and in talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Unkrich clarified his decision:

“I’m not leaving to make films at another studio; instead, I look forward to spending much-needed time with my family and pursuing interests that have long been back-burner.”

Lee Unkrich started at the Emeryville, California-based studio 25 years ago as an editor on their maiden feature, Toy Story before taking on co-directorial responsibilities on the studio’s next three projects in Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc, and Finding Nemo. He would later direct his own features and take home two Academy Awards for Toy Story 3 and Coco.

The parting is reportedly amicable and the Oscar-winner is leaving on a high-note after Coco grossed over $807 million worldwide.

Lee Unkrich’s leave, of course, comes during a time of transition for Pixar. His mentor and Pixar co-founder John Lasseter was recently let go by Disney following allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

What do you make of this news? Are you saddened by the loss of such a talented veteran? Or are you more excited to see some fresh faces come in and make a name for themselves? Let us know in the comments below!

Here is the synopsis for Toy Story 4:

Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.

Directed by Josh Cooley from a script written by Stephany Folsom, Toy Story 4 features the voice talents of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Joan Cusack, Blake Clark, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, Jodi Benson, Michael Keaton, Jeff Pidgeon, Kristen Schaal, Bonnie Hunt, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Garlin, Laurie Metcalf, Lori Alan, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Keanu Reeves.

Toy Story 4 opens on June 21, 2019.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

New ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ Posters Showcase Rodan, Mothra & Ghidorah

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Godzilla King Of The MonstersEarlier this week, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures dropped the newest trailer for their highly-anticipated sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The new trailer showed off some more epic action following the beloved monster along with some incredible sequences involving Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah.

Now, Legendary has shared three brand new posters for Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah. Given that Godzilla will be battling with these monsters in the new film, it makes sense to see them receive their own poster that boasts their size and scale as they unleash their terror against humankind.

Given that Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah all take flight unlike Godzilla, it is going to be stunning visual spectacle to see them take the skies and swoop down as they all battle to the bitter end for what looks to be one of the most-anticipated blockbusters of 2019.

You can check out the new posters of Rodan, Mohra and Ghidorah down below by clicking "Next".

What do you think of these new posters? Are you excited to see the King of the Monsters take the reins in this new sequel? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news from the MonsterVerse.

Directed by Michael Dougherty, Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, O’Shea Jackson Jr., with Ken Watanabe and Ziyi Zhang.

Following the global success of “Godzilla” and “Kong: Skull Island” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse, an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be released in theaters on May 31, 2019.

Godzilla King of the Monsters Poster 1 Rodan Mothra Ghidorah

Godzilla King of the Monsters Poster 1 Rodan Mothra Ghidorah

Godzilla King of the Monsters Poster 1 Rodan Mothra Ghidorah

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