Pixar President Reveals 'Toy Story 4' is "a Romantic Comedy"

Thursday, 05 March 2015 14:17 Written by  iamrogue
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Pixar President Reveals 'Toy Story 4' is "a Romantic Comedy"

A lot of fans are skeptical about Toy Story 4.

Beyond representing a high water mark for the series, Toy Story 3 felt like an ending.  The last stretch was a cathartic emotional crotch-kicking, a devastating yet graceful farewell to old friends.

So plenty of folks are awaiting the June 16, 2017 release of Toy Story 4 with excitement but also trepidation, wondering if maybe this might be one too many trips to the toy box, a cash-in retread that could besmirch their fond memories of Woody, Buzz, and the gang.

Based on some new story-nuggets revealed by Pixar president Jim Morris make it clear, however, that Toy Story 4 zigs in a new direction rather than zagging back to Toy Story 3.

In a Disney Latino interview translated by Slash Film, Morris explains, "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."

This makes plenty of sense.  The last movie ended with a hand-off from Andy to Bonnie, so the almost elegiac tone needn't carry over to toys no longer so burdened by their own mortality.  Unlike its predecessor, Toy Story 4 doesn't hinge on a relationship with humans.

"It is not a continuation of the end of the story of Toy Story 3. Temporarily it is, but it will be a love story," says Morris. "It will be a romantic comedy. It will not put much focus on the interaction between the characters and children. I think it will be a very good movie."

So it's a romantic comedy, but that doesn't mean the tone changes completely.  Since Toy Story 2, these movies have balanced humorous antics with poignant sadness.  The screenwriting duo currently working on the Toy Story 4 script, Rashida Jones* and Will McCormick, previously wrote Celeste and Jesse Forever, a romantic comedy that's all about a breakup.

Jones and McCormick are working from a story cooked up by original Pixar brain trust John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter.  Lasseter, who directed the first Toy Story, returns for his first directing gig since Cars 2.

“We don’t want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before," Lasseter said when Disney announced the new sequel last year. "Toy Story 3 ended Woody and Buzz’s story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie—and I wanted to direct it myself.”

*Yes, the Rashida Jones, who also starred in Celeste and Jesse Forever.  You know, Ann Perkins:

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