In 2005, in a development befitting the Mouse House, Pixar and Disney got their happy ending with a marriage that saw Pixar’s John Lasseter installed as head of Walt Disney Animation. The non-Pixar Toy Story 3 — which reportedly would have seen Woody (Tom Hanks) attempt to rescue a recalled Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) — was scuttled, and Lasseter approached Director Lee Unkrich to start from scratch.
“We made a point of staying away from all that and not getting involved in it, even after it got worked out,” Unkrich says. “We didn’t want it to colour the movie we had.”
And just what is that?
Plot details are predictably closely guarded. But Unkrich does confirm the story begins as Andy, who has owned the toys since he was a child, moves away to college. Unkrich also reveals there will be “a lot of new characters,” with some reports suggesting Michael Keaton will voice Ken opposite Barbie, who gets a more substantive role this time around. One thing fans shouldn’t expect, however, are toys that are too high-tech.
“So much of the fun of Toy Story is the nostalgia. Not necessarily what’s cool now but what we all remember from when we were kids — both people my age, or people in their 20s now who saw Toy Story when they were a little kid.”