Pixar fans — young and old — can rejoice in the fact there will be upcoming sequels for both Toy Story and Finding Nemo.
The sequel to Pixar’s smash hit, Finding Nemo, titled Finding Dory, seems to have been a long time in the making but we now have the release date of June 17, 2016, and fans couldn’t be happier.
According to The Guardian, Ellen DeGeneres will return to play Dory. John Lasseter, the chief creative officer of Disney, also released some stills of Dory’s parents, played by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy — and they are just as forgetful as the ever lovable Dory. Finding Dory will take place six months after the original Finding Nemo movie.
But, according to Variety, John Lasseter, gave little away about Toy Story 4 unfortunately, other than a short snippet of information.
“I am very excited to be directing again. We’re in the early stages of the film, but it’s shaping up nicely. It’s funny. The story is not as much a continuation of the past films, but a brand new chapter in the Toy Story world.”
Lasseter was at Cannes premiering the latest Pixar movie, Inside Out, when he decided to spill on Toy Story 4. As yet, there were no clips to show from the movie. Although, it was also recently reported by Xplode magazine, that Toy Story 4 would be a stand-alone romantic comedy when Pixar studio president Jim Morris spoke to Disney Latino.
“The third movie ended in a beautiful way and completed a trilogy. I think this movie is not part of this trilogy. It is a separate story, which in turn I do not know if will be continued. Never begin a project with that in mind.”
During Cannes, John Lasseter was keen to talk about how Toy Story revolutionized the animation industry though, drawing attention to the fact it was the first feature-length CGI animation. It has been 20 years since the original Toy Story graced the big screen and changed our minds about animated movies. Yet it is the little things that put it into perspective after John Lasseter told of how his son voiced the baby Molly in Toy Story.
“He graduates from college in two weeks,” Lasseter laments. Drawing attention to just how long we have enjoyed the Toy Story franchise.
It also reminds us, once again, that Toy Story 4 could probably never follow the previous films for that same reason: children grow, they become adults, toys get boxed up and moved along. So it will be interesting how Lasseter’s comments take effect in the latest Toy Story installment. This announcement also begs the question, will Woody and the gang even return for Toy Story 4? Perhaps Lasseter is preparing us, in a round about way, to the possibility of a Toy Story movie with a brand new cast.
Do you think the franchise would be the same if Woody and Buzz didn’t return for Toy Story 4? Let us know by commenting below.
[Image credit: Pixar / Xplode]