Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days, you’re already aware of the big announcement: John Lasseter (director the first two Toy Story films) has confirmed that a fourth film is in the works, and he will be returning to direct it.
My first reaction, admittedly, was something like this:
Are you kidding me?
I mean, come on! Toy Story 3 was pretty much universally lauded as a wonderful — perfect, many would say — ending to the series! Why make another one? Money grab, perhaps? John, do you really think that money is worth trampling on the legacy left by these films? Three is enough, and the three films that we have are great films. Why risk making people angry if you don’t live up to expectations?
Those were my initial thoughts. Then I read the article I’ve linked above, especially what John Lasseter had to say.
Lasseter states: “. . . for a long time, we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie. But when Andrew [Stanton], Pete [Docter], Lee [Unkrich] 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.”
He also says: “We don’t want to do anything with them [the characters] unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before.”
Well, that does give me some comfort. But let’s not forget that this is the guy who brought us Cars 2. While certainly not a bad movie, it is (in my opinion, at least) the weakest of all the Pixar films. Nothing really special about it, I thought, and it certainly didn’t surpass or even live up to the first Cars (which I did like, although it wasn’t fantastic).
Regardless, the fourth film isn’t going to come out until 2017, so it’s going to be a while before we see the outcome of all of this. So, in summary, here are my thoughts:
- The current Toy Story trilogy we have stands excellently the way it is.
- That being said, I definitely am looking forward to seeing the characters in a full-length film again.
- But only if it’s a good film that lives up to the other three.
- And the fact that Lasseter is directing does make me a little nervous, because of Cars 2. However, he did also direct the second Toy Story, which was excellent.
- So there is hope. Definitely.
- So that’s all the thoughts/hopes I have for it right now.
What do you think? Excited? Nervous? Upset? Sound off in the comments if you like!
Until next week!