Toy Story 4 Pixar Studios Press Event
We were invited to the Pixar Studios to get a behind the scenes look at the new Toy Story 4 movie coming to the big screen in just a few weeks. It was an incredible experience that I will not soon forget.
Our second day in Pixar Studios was a full day of intense informational meetings about Toy Story including its evolution. Starting off with Bob Pauley (Production Designer) and Bill Reeves (Global Technology Supervisor) presenting an in-depth look of the original Toy Story which began in 1995. Bill mentioned that in order to perfect their craft, they mostly started with Pixar shorts. They pitched the story to Disney in 1991 and at that time Buzz was originally called Lunar Larry. Their pitch worked and Disney agreed to fund the film. It became the classic buddy movie we all know now with Buzz, Woody, and whole toy gang.
We were also introduced to a lot of new characters popping up in Toy Story 4. Each one was carefully designed and put together.
The Toy Story 4 art gallery, as seen on March 18, 2019 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)
TOY STORY 4 – Character line up/size comparison. ©2019 Disney/PIxar. All Rights Reserved.
First is the newest and most neurotic character, Forky who refuses to believe he is a toy. Tony Hale is providing his voice. Gabby Gabby who is an adorable pull string doll from the 1950’s is being voiced by Christina Hendricks. Ducky and Bunny, who are both carnival prizes, are just eagerly waiting to be won. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, respectively, lends their voices to these characters. Giggle McDimples is Bo Peep’s best friend and is voiced by Ally Maki. Duke Caboom, who is Canada’s greatest stuntman, is voiced by another Canadian – Keanu Reeves. There is also Benson, an antique ventriloquist dummy, who acts as Gabby Gabby’s right hand. Producer Mark Nielson said, “The dummies are, by far, some of the creepiest characters we’ve ever created.”
Claudio De Oliveira presents details about the creation of the character Forky, as seen on the Toy Story 4 Long Lead Press Day, where we made our own version of Forky.
Toy Story 4 also features a comeback by one of the characters after 20 years – Bo Peep. We were also shown how she was redesigned and how they created her new look, This panel included Story Supervisor Valerie LaPoint, Story Artist Carrie Hobson, Characters Modeling Artist Mara MacMahon, Directing Animators Patty Kihm & Becki Tower and Character Modeling Artist Tanja Krampfert. I had the opportunity to take a picture of these amazing ladies with the classic Bo Peep Funko I brought with me.
We were given the opportunity to shop in the Pixar Studios Employee store which has a lot of exclusive items. The day was really full of information about the upcoming movie. I, for one, cannot wait to watch it. Here at Chip & Co, we will be giving you a no spoiler review one the movie comes out.
For now, we hope you enjoy the pics provided by Pixar.
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