Toy Story 4 Shouldn’t Happen

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The year 2014 is sadly called “The Year Without a Pixar,” but 2015 brings Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur (finally!) to make up for the lack of family-friendly entertainment that we’ve come to expect. While there might be many people who feel that Pixar has since lost the magic that at one point made them the kings of the animation world, I still contend that they’ve still got plenty of great films to deliver to us. Just not Toy Story 4.

The last universally beloved movie produced by Pixar was Toy Story 3, so it’s no wonder why the studio has decided to go back to the well with another sequel, directed by John Lasseter, set for a June 2017 release date.

The Toy Story series as a whole, particularly the first two films, defined my childhood more than any other facet of entertainment I’d been exposed to at the time. To this day, I have watched those two movies more than any of the other 700+ movies I’ve seen throughout the course of my life. I memorized every syllable of dialogue, had all of the toys, and would even reenact the movies word for word with said toys.

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Pictured: my fandom.

Over the next decade, the prospects of a Toy Story 3 actually getting made sounded about as hopeful as Half-Life 3. However, when it was finally announced for a 2010 release, it quickly became my most anticipated movie of all time. Toy Story 3 was the most perfect conclusion that I could have ever possibly asked for, and the idea of having another film in this series is both completely unnecessary and disheartening.

The first film introduces us to Andy at the epitome of childhood innocence, when his toys were his best friends, and they had not a care in the world. The second film takes place a few years later; Andy is a little bit older, and the toys begin to question their mortality, and have to accept the fact that at some point in the near future, Andy will inevitably grow up and forget all about them — a toy’s worst nightmare. The third film picks up with Andy getting ready for college, and the toys already living the nightmare that they had feared in Toy Story 2 for years. In a happy turn of events, the toys get to have one final playtime with Andy before he leaves, and are then passed on to their new owner, Bonnie.

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A picture worth a thousand words tears.

Continuing this series with a fourth movie would negate the powerful and emotional ending of Toy Story 3 — even if it is a side story. The hand-me-down scene was not only meant as the ending of the toys’ arc with Andy, but as the ending of the series as a whole. It’s not about the adventures of Woody and Buzz, but about their lives with Andy from childhood to adolescence.

I’m completely fine with the idea of Toy Story living on in the form of shorts and TV specials, but as a film series, it concluded perfectly. Maybe once the film comes out I will end up taking back everything I’ve said in this article, but for right now I don’t think Toy Story 4 should happen.

Article by contributor Mike Pisacano.

9 thoughts on “Toy Story 4 Shouldn’t Happen

  1. Despite the LaserTime team’s attitude towards Toy Story 4 haters of “what the fuck is your problem?” I do agree. It doesn’t matter if TS4 is good or even great, Toy Story 1-3 is a perfect trilogy with a perfect ending. They even finished with an image of the clouds, echoing the first shot of TS1 and wrapping the whole series up in a wonderful neat little bow. Adding to that, even with more goodness, only diminishes the whole.

    Plus let’s not forget that the specials have all been good but not great…

  2. For like the day when people were reporting that Angry Bird picture as real I had a real emotional crisis, and the first feeling of something in my childhood being ruined. I hope Toy Story continues to stand as an untarnished example to the brilliance of Pixar and they never do anything to sully its glory. \m/

    Or just don’t make anymore, it could be bad and that would suck.

  3. the prospect of a TS4 hurts my heart. My blackened, shriveled, loveless heart. they ended the series in such a perfect way, I can’t imagine what the thought process was that lead up to them deciding this was a good idea. I mean really, what made them decide that reopening this book after we reached the last page and closed the book? what? why do this? it’s so weird.

  4. As movie goers and fans, we are connected to nostalgia and the legacy of films, actors, etc. From a studio standpoint, I don’t think they are concerned with how an additional film or book affects the legacy of a franchise. If there is potentially money to be made, that is their main concern. If critics and movie goers rate Toy Story 4 negatively and ultimately “ruins” the ending of Toy Story 3, but makes money that was worth the studio’s investment, I would anticipate they would go for it a majority of the time.

  5. What more is there to say? the writer hit the nail on the head. The third one ended perfectly, and even if it’s good, a sequel is completely unnecessary.

    And more to the point, i feel Pixar has been and it’s very best when they EXPERIMENT with new ideas and concepts, their less great movies have always have something in common: lack of creativity even if it’s a new IP, or the fact that it’s a sequel that didn’t need one.

    I think it’s universally agreed that Pixar’s least finest hours has been with movies like the cars series, the sequel for monsters inc, Bugs Life, (which regardless of who thought about it, the fact that we got TWO computer animation movies about ants should have been a big red flag.) and Brave. Brave technically was a new IP… but not really, it was another take on the princess genre that Disney had already mastered. So again, it was completely unnecessary.

    And let’s be clear, all the movies I mentioned above AREN’T bad, much less terrible. But when compared with the studio’s roster of fantastic and inspired original IPs, it’s hard not to feel let down. Because we know they can do better than that.

    1. A Bug’s Life was also a new IP, as was the first Cars. They announced A Bug’s Life really early, and Dreamworks immediately went to work on a copycat.

      But I do agree, despite loving both A Bug’s Life and Monsters University. MU I think is hugely underrated. It actually uses its status as a prequel and your knowledge of “future events” against you, as you know Mike won’t make his lifelong dream and his underdog story won’t succeed. It becomes a movie with the message “sometimes no matter how hard you work or how lucky you get, you won’t achieve your dream… and that’s okay”.

  6. I 100 percent agree with ya. But what if they pull a Tokyo Drift (Toy Story Play Arts Kai) and have an after credit scene featuring Buzz and Andy, thus setting up a highly anticipated Toy Story 5 (More Toy Furious) featuring all the original cast!

    1. As wonderful as that sounds, have fun trying to reanimate the corpse of Jim Varney. I’m sure Brett Elston will thank you for that, too!

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