WARNING – a No-Spoiler-Alert Alert, because, although Wicked Uncle got to see the movie before you, we’re not going to give anything away about Toy Story 4. Except that, if you haven’t seen it, and you loved 1, 2 and 3, this one is every bit as good. In fact, Woody’s more complex and Buzz is more charismatic. Gotta love that inner voice.
So, a few interesting facts about the Toy Story story:
- Pixar the hardware company?
- Why toys?
- The tech and the payoff
- Amazing facts about Toy Story 4
- About the Toys
But when that didn’t seem to work, the question was could a company that ONLY produced a full length animation movie and, at most, ONLY one of those a year ever make it as a business.
THAT had never been tried before according to Lawrence Levy in “To Pixar and Beyond”, the man brought in by Steve Jobs, to make the company commercially viable in 1995. Disney was already a conglomerate with tv and theme parks and products as well as regular feature films.
Also the Toys live largely indoors – so a great deal of Toy Story 1 was set in the Bedroom, with no trees, no leaves and no wind blowing stuff around.
The fairground scenes – all outside – with wind blowing and lots of humans creasing their clothes and their faces as they walk around, smiling and eating ice cream – are extraordinary.
And the scenes in the antique shop are another new, technological feat – with thousands upon thousands of individual objects all created and placed, coming in and out of view appropriately. But above all, the scenes are beautiful.
Woody started life as a Ventriloquist dummy in Toy Story 1 – but the very popular Charley McCarthy ventriloquist dummy looks like he made it into Toy Story 4.
Bo Peep started as Barbie until Mattel backed out.
We’d love to know what Chatty Cathy thinks about Gabby Gabby – and vice versa.