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.
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.
A picture worth a thousand
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.