Disney Animation and Pixar chief John Lasseter has revealed he will no longer be directing the fourth installment of the Toy Story franchise.
The announcement came during the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA. Lasseter revealed he would no longer be directing the project as co-director Josh Cooley was announced to be taking over as the solo helmer. While Lasseter will no longer be directing, he will, however, remain attached to produce the project.
Cooley, who worked as a storyboard artist at Pixar and co-wrote the script of Inside Out, was also revealed along with Jonas Rivera to be the first ever Pixar interns to become director and producer for a full feature film with the new Toy Story.
Plot details are limited but it is known that Toy Story 4 will pick up where Toy Story 3 left off, with Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the toys handed down to a little girl named Bonnie as it features a love story between Woody and Bo Peep.
The film stars Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Annie Potts, Patricia Arquette and Joan Cusack. The script was written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack from a story idea by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Lee Unkrich.
Toy Story 4 hits theaters Summer 2019.
The Walt Disney Animation Library, Ranked From Worst To Best
Disney had made an unconventional “franchise” out of remaking its animated classics as live-action blockbusters. Combined with their Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars stables, it has ensured the company’s continued domination in the film sphere. Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book were at the forefront of that charge the last few years. Now, with Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters (our review here), now is a great time to look back at Disney’s amazing animated catalog and how they stack up against each other.
Disney has had a lot of animated films released theatrically or direct-to-video, sometimes in collaboration with other studios. This list specifically focuses on those from the Walt Disney Animation department, so sorry Brave Little Toaster fans, of which I’m one. No Pixar flicks either, but fans of that studio are in luck, as we ranked their films last summer. You can check that list out below.
I haven’t seen Saludos Amigos, Make Music Mine, Song of the South, Melody Time, Fun and Fancy Free, & The Three Caballeros, hence their exclusion. Naturally, we’ll most likely disagree about the specific ordering. Let’s think of it as a conversation starter. I’d love to hear what you guys think in the comments!
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