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[13.10.2009] Bei IMP Awards gibt es ein Charakter-Poster von Woody... Und bei CS! gibt es ein Video mit "Toy Story 3"-Regisseur Lee Unkrich...

[10.10.2009] Endlich: Der "Toy Story 3" Trailer ist da !!! Ausserdem sind mehrere "Toy Story 3" Charakter-Poster online: Yahoo! Movies zeigt Buzz Lightyear, CS! Jessie, MySpace.com präsentiert Rex und Slashfilm.com hat Hamm im Angebot...

[05.10.2009] CS! berichtet über die US-Kinocharts...
[...] Sony's other Fall comedy hit, the animated Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Sony), held up just as well in its third weekend despite losing many of its 3D theaters to Disney's rerelease of PIxar's venerable classics Toy Story 3D Double Feature.
[...] the Disney/Pixar 3D double feature brought in approximately $12.5 million in its rerelease into 1,745 3D theaters, unhindered by the long running time or the fact that both movies had been available on DVD for years. Disney announced that this would be a limited two-week run, but we'll have to see whether that's extended or if "Cloudy" gets some of those 3D screens back. [...]


[03.10.2009] Variety.com berichtet über die Wirkung der ersten beiden "Toy Story"-Filme im neuen 3D-Format...
[...] The films are so effective in 3D, they look as though they were designed for the format. [...]
There are even a few shots -- animals virtually attacking the "lens," architectural constructions that feature objects in the extreme foreground and background -- that might even have been called pandering to 3D had the pictures actually been made with the process in mind. How well the duo is suited to 3D comes as a pleasant surprise. [...]
Does the novelty of 3D wear off, and is it really the big deal it's being made out to be? After a while, you do get used it and its impact does decrease, or least becomes normalized. [...]
If nothing else, the "Toy Story" double feature demonstrates that films produced with no thought of 3D can be adapted to it with great success [...]


[29.09.2009] CS! sprach mit Wallace Shawn, der US-Stimme von Rex, über die "Toy Story"-Trilogie...

[22.09.2009] Jim Hill berichtet über den kommenden "Toy Story 3"-Trailer... Vorsicht SPOILER !!!
[...] Woody and the gang at Sunnyside Daycare. Where life among the toddlers looks like something out of "Lord of the Flies." - Buzz and Co. get absolutely brutalized by these 3-year-olds. Which is why they decide that "We’re busting out of here." The only problem is - during their initial escape attempt - the Space Ranger gets severely damaged. To the point that Woody & friends are forced to hit Lightyear’s reset button. Which then puts Buzz into Spanish-speaking mode. - When Buzz is in Spanish-speaking mode - he then becomes this hot-blooded, flamenco-dancing romantic figure prone to grand gestures. Which Jessie winds up being quite taken with. [...]

[17.09.2009] Bei Latino Review gibt es ein mehr als unspektakuläres "Toy Story 3" Teaser-Poster...

[14.09.2009] Bei CS! gibt es die Beschreibung einer "Toy Story 3"-Szene, die auf der D23 Expo gezeigt wurde... SPOILER !!! Obendrein zeigt CS! eine selbsgemalte Skizze des neuen Charakters Mr. Pricklepants...

[11.09.2009] Empire Online berichtet über die Disney/Pixar-Präsentation in London...
[...] started with the opening ten minutes of Toy Story 2 in 3D (which we'd already seen at Comic-Con, but which continues to impress). And then it was on to the first of a raft of premieres, with some new information and footage from Toy Story 3 (also in 3D).
Lasseter said of the film, "This is a movie that I've wanted to make since I was working on Toy Story 2 in 1999. We took the entire original creative team back to a small cabin on the coast where we created the idea of the first Toy Story, for luck, and we went up there for a couple of days and came back with the idea." As we've reported before, it's about Andy leaving his toys behind as he heads to college, and what happens next.
All of the characters are returning, including Barbie and Ken, but the big news today was that Timothy Dalton will be voicing a rather prickly character called Mr Pricklepants, who's something of a luvvie and wears lederhosen.
We saw a tiny animation test with Mr Pricklepants (who's cute in a spiky way), but the big news was a lengthy Toy Story 3 clip and trailer. The clip showed Andy packing from college, and emptying all his toys into a black bin bag for storage in the attic. He hesitates over Woody and Buzz, finally putting Woody in the box of things to take for college. But all the toys are panicked - especially Woody, who's worried for his friends. When Andy is distracted by his little sister and leaves the garbage bag on the landing instead of upstairs in the attic, his mother takes it out to the kerb - and a frantic Woody has to save his friends from a rapidly approaching bin lorry.
We also saw the as-yet unreleased trailer, which showed bits of the same scene, but developed the story. Clearly the toys end up being sent to a daycare centre, where they are horribly abused by the little kids - and after that it's time for a break-out attempt to find a safe haven, and hopefully a new owner, in a cruel world. It looks every bit as good as its titanic predecessors. [...]


[30.06.2009] SCI FI Wire meldet...
[...] Lee Unkrich takes the directing lead on a story dealing with Andy's going off to college. The prospect of Andy's outgrowing Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody was first raised in Toy Story 2. So what is a Toy Story with Andy basically grown up?
"I think that's a question we've tried to figure out ourselves," MacLane said. "I can tell you Andy's room is in the movie. That's about all I can say." Whether it's the Andy's room we know or Andy's teenage room, MacLane would not tell.
With a specialty in character movement and motion, which brought many of WALL-E's silent sequences to life, MacLane has had a chance to introduce new toys into the Toy Story world. "Oh, I've had a lot of fun with new characters," he said. "I've spent a lot of the time on the show on new characters. That's one of the things I did work on on this film, was a lot of preproduction and developing on the new characters, just help out getting them ready to go for the film." On Toy Story 2, MacLane was in charge of the "crazy" Buzz Lightyear, fresh out of the box at the toy store, still thinking he's a real space ranger.
MacLane assured fans that he and his Pixar colleagues take Toy Story 3 seriously. They would not make a cheap knock-off sequel (ahem, Disney). And he said the new installment will mark the true conclusion of a trilogy.
"Toy Story 2 was one of the first films I did starting at Pixar, so I feel a real kinship with the characters, specifically Buzz Lightyear," MacLane said. "So I really wanted to get back in there and animate. To give you a sense of the responsibility they feel, there was a T-shirt made in the story department. The back of the T-shirt said, 'Franchise Guardian.' It's not something we do lightly. We go back into that mythology with the intent to continue a story that needs to be told, a story that we believe in and a story that, to be really honest, having seen the movie, is amazing. I'm not worried about it, but in finishing it, we want to make sure it's the best film it can be, and it's fit to stand alongside the other films on the shelf."


[30.05.2009] Ein "Toy Story 3" Teaser-Trailer ist online !!!

[21.04.2009] Variety.com meldet...
For their presentation to the Digital Cinema Summit at NAB, Disney went to infinity ... and beyond.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Group prexy offered up the first-ever public screening of the teaser trailer for "Toy Story 3." Custom-animated short shows Woody supervising the Toy Story characters as they improvise a sign for the pic, only to have Buzz upstage them all with a high-tech version. [...]


[16.02.2009] CS! meldet...
The LEGO Group and Disney Consumer Products today announced a multi-year licensing agreement that gives the world's premiere construction toy brand access to an extensive portfolio of renowned Disney and Disney*Pixar properties. LEGO® and LEGO DUPLO® products are currently in development for three franchises -- Disney Pixar's "Toy Story" and "Cars," and "Prince of Persia" -- all scheduled to launch in 2010:
Toy Story
Children's imaginations will go "To infinity and beyond" when, beginning in 2010, they will be able to re-create the adventures of Buzz Lightyear and Woody with LEGO toys inspired by the Toy Story franchise. Toy Story-themed construction sets will be available on both LEGO DUPLO and LEGO System platforms, building the adventure and fun for children ages 2-12. LEGO System products based on Toy Story and Toy Story 2 will launch in January 2010, to be followed in May by construction sets based on the new animated feature, Toy Story 3, scheduled to hit theaters in Disney Digital 3D June 2010. Toy Story-themed LEGO DUPLO products launch in June 2010. [...]


[21.11.2008] CS! sprach mit John Lasseter, u.a. über die "Toy Story"-Filme in 3-D...
CS: [...] I know Pixar is going to be doing their upcoming movies and redoing "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2," but "Up" is going to be the first one released in 3D?
Lasseter:
Yes. We've been big proponents of 3D for a long time. Pixar and I made a short called "Knick Knack" in 1989 that was in 3D, but there were no theaters in the world that could show 3D, so we were kind of way ahead of the curve. I even took wedding pictures of my wedding in 3D. I've been a big proponent of 3D for such a long time, it's finally great to have these theaters popping up around the world, so at Disney, this is the third animated film we've done in 3D. We were the first to do the animated films in 3D, but this is also the first one we've really created the film from the very beginning in 3D. Oftentimes, it's more of an afterthought. The film was made and then the 3D version is created. This is really created from the very beginning in 3D.
CS: As far as the original "Toy Story" movies, are you going to go back to the original computer files?
Lasseter:
Yeah, those we're going back and making those in 3D. It looks fantastic, they really look great. Now, we're not changing the movie at all. It's exactly "Toy Story" but we're making another eye-view of it and it's looking great in 3D.
CS: I was curious about that since you've made so many CG movies since that first one and technology has changed, I wondered if going back to that makes you want to change things that you might not have been able to do 13 years ago?
Lasseter:
It's called digital archeology, resurrecting the operating system and all the files and everything like that. That film was made from 1991 to '95, so to resurrect all that and bring it back up to speed so it can render on the modern computers, it has been a real technical challenge by our team. They've been able to do it, and it looks fantastic. It looks identical to "Toy Story" and yet, it's in 3D and it looks great. "Up" is being made from the very beginning, it's a 3D film. [...]


[26.09.2008] CS! berichtet über eine Walt Disney Präsentation...
[...] Disney definitely knows how to entertain and when Cook started talking with John Lasseter who serves as executive producer on Toy Story 3 (released June 18, 2010), military soldiers dressed in shimmering green uniforms rapelled down from the ceiling on ropes and marched up the stage. The curtains opened and characters dressed as Buzz, Woody, Mr. Potato Head and Little Bo Peep sang and danced to "You've Got Me As a Friend." The premise of the third film will show what happens to the toys as their owner Andy leaves for college. Lassester told the Kodak Theatre how his son just left for college and how he didn't expect to have the strong emotions he did, and he thinks the film will hit home for a lot of people.
Cook and Lasseter told the crowd that both Toy Story and Toy Story 2 would be returning to theaters in 3-D. [...]


[25.08.2008] IESB meldet...
[...] Jodi Benson best known for the voice of Ariel in Disney's Little Mermaid franchise revealed to the IESB this weekend during an interview on Santa Catalina Island for the release of The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning that she is returning to the Toy Story franchise to voice Barbie. You may recall, she voiced Tour Guide Barbie and Barbie on Backpack in the second film.
But what's Barbie without Ken?!
Benson also revealed to the IESB that her Barbie will be cuddling up to none other than Beetlejuice himself, Michael Keaton, as Ken in the new film.
Keaton worked with Pixar previously voicing Chick Hicks in 2006's CARS.
Also, because I know you are all wondering, she says that Barbie and Ken do not kiss...but they do embrace. [...]


[10.04.2008] Quint von AICN berichtet von einer Disney/Pixar-Präsentation in NY...
[...] They told us that they cooked up the idea for TOY STORY 3 at a writer’s retreat with all the original TOY STORY people. Everybody to the person that was there for the first two were there hammering out the story for the third film, with the big exception of the late Joe Ranft.
Plot is what we’ve heard... Lee said that at the end of Toy Story 2 Buzz and Woody make peace with the fact that Andy will grow up one day. But, he said, it’s a far different thing to make peace with the idea of something than actually dealing with it when the day comes.
Andy grows up and is leaving for college. That’s all they would say in terms of plot.
They confirmed Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris and John Ratzenberger all returning. He did say Barbie comes back... and, for his first time ever big screen appearance, we’ll see Ken.
Michael Arndt (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) is scripting and Randy Newman will return for the score.
Also known, but still cool to get confirmation and solid dates for... TOY STORYs 1 and 2 will get the Disney Digital 3-D treatment. TOY STORY will be released October 2nd, 2009 and TOY STORY 2 is February 12th, 2010, with TOY STORY 3 getting a June 18th, 2010 release. [...]


[21.02.2008] Bei AICN gibt es neue Infos zum "Toy Story 3"-Plot...
[...] In Pixar's coming movie "Toy Story 3," Woody the cowboy and his toy-box friends are dumped in a day-care center after their owner, Andy, leaves for college. [...]

[26.01.2008] CS! meldet...
The Walt Disney Studios is taking the latest advances in digital 3-D technology "to infinity and beyond" with ambitious plans to debut new Disney Digital 3-D(TM) versions of Disney-Pixar's Toy Story on October 2nd, 2009, and Toy Story 2 on February 12th, 2010, it was announced by Dick Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. Both of these beloved animated features are being newly converted to 3-D in advance of the June 18th, 2010 release of Disney-Pixar's Toy Story 3, which is being produced as a 3-D motion picture and will represent the state-of-the-art for the genre. Veteran Pixar filmmaker Lee Unkrich (co-director Toy Story 2) is directing.
Academy Award®-winning filmmaker John Lasseter (director of the first two "Toy Story" films and chief creative officer for Disney and Pixar Animation Studios) will personally oversee the creative side of the 3-D conversions for Toy Story and Toy Story 2 with his acclaimed team of technical wizards handling all the necessary steps in the conversion process.
Commenting on the announcement, Cook said, "We are committed to bringing moviegoers the best and most exciting 3-D movie experience, and we think they're going to love seeing Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and all the wonderful 'Toy Story' cast of characters in an eye popping and dazzling way. John Lasseter and the animation team are putting all their passion and hard work into making this the greatest 3-D experience yet, and we're excited to share their efforts with audiences everywhere."
Lasseter added, "The 'Toy Story' films and characters will always hold a very special place in our hearts and we're so excited to be bringing this landmark film back for audiences to enjoy in a whole new way thanks to the latest in 3-D technology. I am sure that this is going to be nothing short of fantastic and people are going to be blown away by the experience. With 'Toy Story 3' shaping up to be another great adventure for Buzz, Woody and the gang from Andy's room, we thought it would be great to let audiences experience the first two films all over again and in a brand new way. 3-D offers lots of great new possibilities for the art of animation and we will continue to use this new technology to tell our stories in the best possible way."
In converting Toy Story and Toy Story 2 to state-of-the-art 3-D films, the technical team is retrieving all of the original digital elements and rebuilding them in 3-D. [...]


[11.06.2007] CS! meldet...
The new issue of TIME magazine talks about what's ahead for Pixar Animation Studios, including new details on the company's next three films after Ratatouille, opening on June 29. Here is what you can expect [...]
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Originality is a Pixar hallmark. None of the company's films have been based on fairy tales or novels, and only "Toy Story" has spawned sequels. Why a third adventure for Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen)? "We got an idea we thought would be really great," says Lee Unkrich, who co-directed "Toy Story 2" and "Finding Nemo" and graduates to full director status here. "We're just starting to write the story," he confides, adding, "I wake up every morning hoping for a eureka moment." He and the Brain Trust have already had one inspiration: they've asked Randy Newman to write the score. Or was that a no-brainer?


[09.04.2007] Heute um 12.00 Uhr zeigt Pro7 "Toy Story 2"...

[09.03.2007] CS! meldet...
The Walt Disney Studios is in production on Toy Story 3, via its Pixar Animation Studios, says The Hollywood Reporter.
In an appearance during Disney's annual shareholder meeting in New Orleans, Lasseter said: "We are finally in production on 'Toy Story 3'," adding the film is scheduled to come out in 2010. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are back on board to voice Woody and Buzz Lightyear, respectively.
The screenplay is by Michael Arndt, who just won the original screenplay Academy Award for Little Miss Sunshine, according to Lasseter, who said: "We got a great story."


[09.02.2007] CS! meldet...
Toy Story 3 is coming in 2009, but John Lasseter won't be the director, reports Variety.
Lasseter and Disney Animation president Ed Catmull provided extensive details on their upcoming slate at the Mouse House's investor conference Thursday.
In addition to confirming for the first time that a third "Toy Story" is in the works, most likely for 2009 release, Lasseter said Lee Unkrich will helm it with Tom Hanks and Tim Allen returning as the voices of Woody and Buzz Lightyear.
Unkrich co-directed Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo but has never before been sole helmer on a Pixar film.
Lasseter directed the first two "Toy Story" films.
Michael Arndt, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshine, is writing the script.
Lasseter said, "The greatest thing about the merger of the two companies is that the creators of 'Toy Story' 1 and 2 can make 3 with the story that we wanted."
Lasseter also announced that Chris Williams, a veteran story artist at Disney, is now directing 2008 release American Dog. The film was developed and previously under the control of Lilo & Stitch helmer Chris Sanders, who recently left Disney.
Catmull denied speculation that Walt Disney Feature Animation may become a 2-D-only studio, with Pixar handling CGI, though he did confirm the Mouse will bring back hand-drawn pics.


[27.05.2006] Bei MagicalMountain.net gab es kurzzeitig einen Artikel in dem "Toy Story 4" (!!!) angesprochen wurde... Was darin zu lesen stand, kann man im Pixar Animation Block nachlesen...
[...] According to the article, one of the scripts in contention for 'Toy Story 3' was so good, that it is being considered for 'Toy Story 4.' The story also states that "about 40 screenwriters have pitched Disney executives with sequel ideas for 'Finding Nemo' and 'Monsters, Inc.'" [...]

[10.05.2006] CS! meldet...
The Walt Disney Company reported its second quarter and six months results on Tuesday (full details here) and Chief Executive Robert Iger also gave an update on Toy Story 3 in a conference call.
Iger revealed that Walt Disney Pictures has started production on Toy Story 3, but no release date has been set for the third installment. The studio may also do other sequels of Pixar films.
After Disney acquired Pixar, Pixar took over production of Toy Story 3, which Disney's in-house animators had been working on.


[07.02.2006] Moviehole berichtet, dass Disney "Toy Story 3" an Pixar "weitergereicht" hat...
Less than a month since it was cremated, plonked in a casket and seemingly buried forever, "Toy Story 3" is back on.
Disney has apparently handed over the sequel to Pixar, who would still like to do the film, says Bloomberg.
According to the site, Disney’s in-house animators had already been working on the sequel - so they won’t be wasting man-hours for nothing. The sequel will indeed be made.
The film, which will once again see Tim Allen and Tom Hanks provide the voices of the lead characters, will see Woody and the gang set out to rescue Buzz after he is recalled back to Taiwan.


[26.01.2006] CS! berichtet über das vorläufige (?) Ende von "Toy Story 3"...
With Disney's acquisition of Pixar, Pixar President Ed Catmull was named President of the new Pixar and Disney animation studios and Pixar Executive Vice President John Lasseter is the new Chief Creative Office of the animation studios, as well as Principal Creative Advisor at Walt Disney Imagineering.
According to a poster at Animation Nation, Catmull and Lasseter "announced to Feature Animation employees [Tuesday] that the 'Toy Story 3' production will end effectively [Tuesday]. They said that sequels should only be made if there is a really great story that demands it, and should be the domain of those who created the original film."
An Associated Press article from Tuesday about the acquisition confirms the news:
One immediate sign of Lasseter's influence is that plans for Disney to make the long rumored sequel "Toy Story 3" on its own have been scrapped. If the film is made, it will be done by Lasseter and the other creators of the original film, the companies said.
Bradley Raymond was announced as the director of Toy Story 3, which was scheduled to open in 2008. In the film, Buzz Lightyear would have been recalled to Taiwan after a series of malfunctions. Learning of a productwide recall, all the toys in Andy's room, under Woody's leadership, were to head to Taiwan to save Buzz from doom.


[29.12.2005] CS! berichtet über diverse Disney- bzw. Pixar-Sequels...
Variety reports that Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios are on the verge of renewing their distribution deal.
So what's holding things up? The trade says a key point is "Circle 7," the secretive division that Disney formed to make sequels to Pixar films, for which it has rights through next year's Cars, which is also the last film under the partners' current deal.
Production on Toy Story 3 is already under way and the division is close to picking a second film to greenlight from several scripts under development -- most likely Finding Nemo 2 or Monsters, Inc. 2.
Apparently the next step -- picking a director -- is on hold until Disney and Pixar close their deal.
Disney CEO Bob Iger reportedly is keeping Pixar head Steve Jobs and creative guru John Lasseter in the loop about developments at Circle 7 -- something former Disney topper Michael Eisner rarely did.
Under the new deal, Disney will probably distribute new Pixar films and produce, in one form or another, a slate of sequels.


[05.10.2005] Movie.de meldet...
"Toy Story", die bahnbrechende Abenteuerkomödie mit der die Revolution der Computeranimation begann, feiert seinen zehnten Geburtstag mit einer fantastischen Jubiläums-DVD, präsentiert von Walt Disney Home Entertainment und Pixar Animation Studios.
Der Sensationserfolg aus dem Jahr 1995 veränderte die Filmindustrie und ist auf dem Weg, einer der größten CGI Klassiker aller Zeiten zu werden. Zu Ehren seines 10-jährigen Jubiläums erscheint nun eine Special Edition DVD in bestechender Qualität. Für die Bildqualität wurde eigens eine neuartige Technologie verwendet um eine höhere digitale Bit Rate als im Original zu erzielen und auch der 5.1. Ton lässt keine Wünsche offen.
Viele brandneue Extras runden diese DVD ab und machen sie zu einem Heimkinoerlebnis der besonderen Art. Tauchen Sie ein in den Entstehungsprozess dieses legendären Films und werfen Sie einen Blick hinter die außergewöhnlichen Kulissen von "Toy Story". Audiokommentar mit Oscar® Preisträger John Lassetter und seinem kreativen Team, Reflexionen der Filmemacher, zusätzliche Szenen und vieles mehr sind unter den fantastischen Extras dieser Jubiläums-DVD. [...]


[04.08.2005] Jim Hill Media.com berichtet über die SIGGRAPH 2005...
[...] "Toy Story III" : After a major malfunction, Buzz Lightyear is recalled to a toy factory in Taiwan. Woody and the gang have to hightail it halfway around the world to save Buzz before he dissembled forever.
Of all the productions being promoted at Booth 1724, "Toy Story III" has to be the most controversial. Given that the Walt Disney Company and Pixar Animation Studios have recently reportedly renewed negotiations (In an effort to find some way to extend their current co-production / distribution agreement), having the Mouse so prominently announce its intentions to go forward with a "Toy Story" sequel ... Well, I can't help but think that this display was meant to send a message. [...]


[22.03.2005] Blickpunkt:Film titelt "Disneys "Toy Story"-Pläne brüskieren Pixar"...
In Glendale wurde für diesen Zweck im Vorjahr eigens eine CGI-Abteilung auf die Beine gestellt. Inzwischen wurde James Herzfeld ("Meine Braut, ihr Vater und ich") als Autor verpflichtet. Bradley Raymond ist als Regisseur im Gespräch. Er hat für Disney die Direct-to-Video-Fortsetzungen "The Lion King 3", "Pocahontas 2" und "Der Glöckner von Notre Dame 2" inszeniert. Dem nicht genug, ist angeblich sogar schon ein vierter Teil der Abenteuer um Cowboy Woody und Robo-Captain Buzz Lightyear in der Diskussion, wie US-Medien berichten. Dass Pixar über diese Entscheidung nicht glücklich ist, liegt auf der Hand. Doch inwieweit sich dies nun als Stolperstein bei neuen Verhandlungen über eine mögliche gemeinsame Zukunft von Disney und Pixar erweisen könnten, ist noch nicht abzusehen.
Sowohl Robert Iger als auch die Pixar-Chefs haben, jetzt, da Michael Eisner den Konzern verlassen wird, erklärt, man wolle die Sache überdenken. Disney hält die Rechte an den gemeinsam produzierten Pixarfilmen und möglichen Sequels. Pixarchef Steve Jobs hatte wiederholt betont, seine Firma produziere lieber neue Geschichten als Fortsetzungen der alten Hits, trotz des Erfolges von "Toy Story 2". Disney wiederum hat ein Interesse daran, die Lebenszeit der bekannten Pixar-Charaktere zu verlängern, allein aus Merchandising-Gründen und wegen ihrer Einbindung in die Disney-Themenparks. Alle sechs bislang veröffentlichten Pixar-Spielfilme waren Kassenschlager, sowohl im Kino als auch im Home-Video-Bereich.


[17.03.2005] Sun-Sentinel weiss etwas mehr über das Disney-Sequel...
[...] Currently, about 40 people are at work on the unit's first film: Toy Story 3. Disney has a script it likes and is in talks with a director and a producer: Bradley Raymond, who directed Disney's direct-to-video Lion King 11/2, and Roy Conli, who produced Treasure Planet and The Hunch Back of Notre Dame.
One thing Disney doesn't have -- at least not yet -- is a commitment from Tom Hanks and Tim Allen to reprise their voice-over roles as Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Disney has yet to approach the pair.
Production of Toy Story 3, which follows the adventures of Buzz after he is recalled to the Taiwan factory where he was built, is expected to begin next year for release in 2008. [...]


[16.03.2005] Moviehole berichtet über die Invasion der Disney-Sequels...
According to the CNN Money site, Disney are pushing forward with sequels to essentially all of the movies they did with Pixar's extra helping hand. Sneaky, sneaky...
In addition to "Toy Story 3", Disney have announced plans to do follow-ups to "Finding Nemo", "Monster's Inc", "The Incredibles" and the forthcoming "Cars".
You can expect John Ratzenberger - Pixar voiceover king - to give each and every one of them the birdie.


[14.03.2005] The Business of Animation meldet...
[...] The new director of Toy Story 3 is Bradley Raymond. Brad has directed several DTV movies for Disney. Someone that Disney management respects and has wanted to do this project since long ago. I'd like to wish Brad luck with the project, I hope it turns out wonderful.
Previously in another blog, I mentioned that a co-director was picked and it was a previous Pixar employee. As it turns out, this would-be co-director walked away after a few issues arose. I won't go into reasons why he dropped out, but it probably was not for reasons that would first come to your mind. Brad will serve as the one and only director on this film. [...]


[02.02.2005] CS! meldet...
Disney is building a new animation unit to create feature film sequels to the hits it made with Pixar Animation Studios, starting with Toy Story 3 due by 2008, studio Chairman Dick Cook told Reuters. Cook said it would be a theatrical release.
Disney has the right to make sequels to films from the Pixar relationship, with which Pixar could cooperate or not. Pixar has not shown interest thus far, but Disney is moving ahead with plans of its own.
Disney's "Toy Story" sequel will be built at a new division in Glendale, California, near the feature animation division's headquarters in Burbank.
"They'll have individual projects in there, using the same technology and the same infrastructure that we have at the main location in feature animation, and it will primarily be doing sequels to Disney/Pixar films," Cook said.
Cook added that feature animation planned to produce one major film each year, for release around summer or winter holidays. Toy Story 3 would not be the main Disney animated feature for 2008, he said.


[17.01.2005] CS! meldet...
Disney Feature Animation has committed to make Toy Story 3, without Pixar, basing the next installment of the blockbuster animation franchise on a script by young writer Jared Stern.
According to Variety, Stern developed a story idea for the long-in-the-works "TS3" on spec while a member of Disney's Feature Animation Writing Program. Several other writers also took a stab at "TS3," but Disney ultimately chose Stern's concept.
Though exact details of the script were being kept under close wraps, Stern's new take is expected to advance the "Toy Story" franchise by taking the characters on the road and out of Andy's room. Stern is also understood to have invented a couple of new characters for the next installment.
The studio is expected to hire another screenwriter to write a polish on the script.


[30.12.2004] Heute um 20.15 Uhr zeigt RTL "Toy Story 2" als deutsche Free-TV-Premiere !!!

[20.12.2004] Moviehole meldet...
Sounds like "Toy Story 3" could be on the way sooner rather than later.
Writer James Herzfeld ["Meet the Fockers"] told IESB that hes just handed in the latest draft for the latest chapter.
"It's going to be a theatrical release", says the scribe. "If we start right away it'll be out in three years".
As for Hanks and Allen returning? "I hope that they understand that the kids and everyone want to see another Toy Story and they work something out".
The storyline? Andy's mother meets a man, who has a daughter. The girl has toys too, and her toys are forced to get along with Andy's toys. "It might actually be out of that bedroom and into a foreign country, I will say that", adds the scribe. [...]


[16.11.2004] Blickpunkt:Film meldet...
Der dritte Teil der erfolgreichen "Toy Story"-Serie geht offenbar in die Preproduction-Phase. Wie "The Hollywood Reporter" berichtet, ist Disney dabei, ein entsprechendes Produktionsstudio in Glendale aufzubauen, das von David Stainton, President Walt Disney Feature Animation, geleitet werden soll. Ebenfalls an Bord soll demnach Andrew Millstein sein, der Disneys inzwischen geschlossene Trickfilmabteilung in Orlando geleitet hatte. Laut dem Branchenblatt soll Millstein damit begonnen haben, Animationsspezialisten von der Konkurrenz anzuwerben. Das Studio hat dies bislang nicht bestätigt.
Disney hatte immer wieder betont, man wolle einen dritten Teil von "Toy Story" machen. Die ersten beiden, von Pixar entwickelten Teile rund um die Spielzeughelden Woody und Buzz Lightyear waren weltweit große Boxofficeerfolge gewesen. Doch durch die Bestrebungen von Pixar, sich einen neuen Studiopartner zu suchen, war das Projekt zunächst auf Eis gelegt worden. Pech für die Pixarchefs Steve Jobs und John Lasseter: Disney hält die Rechte an möglichen Sequels von "Toy Story" wie auch der anderen während der Partnerschaft zwischen Pixar und Disney entstandenen Filme. Die Tatsache, dass Disney nun eigenmächtig die Preproduction von "Toy Story 3" vorbereitet, wird die Verhandlungen zwischen Pixar und Disney über eine mögliche Verlängerung der Zusammenarbeit nicht eben erleichtern.


[15.11.2004] Bei About.com gibt es weitere Meinungen zu möglichen "Toy Story"-Sequels...
[...] Pixar board of directors member, and Allen’s Christmas with the Kranks director Joe Roth does not think it’s possible to maintain the integrity of Toy Story without Pixar. "They don’t have people that are nearly talented enough to do them," Roth said. "I wouldn’t call that compromise. If I put you up against a 300 lb. Lineman from the New York Giants, I wouldn’t call that compromise, I’d call that slaughter. So comparing John Lasseter, Brad Bird and Pete Doctor to somebody being farmed out of Toronto doing a made for video... these are things that are not made by legions of people. These things are made by artists. Four or five people at Pixar up there who are the creative heads are Picasso to Wal Mart. So I think it’s more than an accident that these movies are as good as they are and as successful as they are. So no, I don't think a machine shop can do work on the Cistene Chapel.’ [...]

[12.11.2004] IGNFF sprach mit Tom Hanks...
Q. Will you be involved in the Toy Story sequels Disney is planning without Pixar?
HANKS:
I don't know. The creative team that put together the original Toy Story movies was very specific and quite organic, I think, to the success of the process, not that there aren't other talented people that would be involved. But I don't know. That would be a bridge to cross when I come to it...


[10.11.2004] SF Wire sprach mit Tim Allen...
Tim Allen, who voiced Buzz Lightyear in the two Toy Story movies, told SCI FI Wire that he'd be open to reprising the role in a proposed third film. Allen made his comments upon hearing a recent statement from his Toy Story and Toy Story 2 co-star Tom Hanks, who said he's not yet committed to voicing Woody in a third installment. Hanks added that he doesn't know if he'll ever do another one, but wouldn't rule out participating just because Disney might make the film on its own, without the participation of Pixar. Pixar produced the first two films as part of its deal with Disney, but the deal is about to expire, and Disney would retain Toy Story sequel rights in the event Pixar does align itself with another studio.
"You couldn't have worded it better than Tom Hanks just worded it," Allen said in an interview while promoting his new movie, the upcoming holiday comedy Christmas With the Kranks. "I'm not sure that I'm in. ... I'm probably more interested based on that comment alone than he is, because I loved those movies. I love those movies. I didn't like the work at all. It's really tedious, and it's really hard, and it's really lonely, because you work by yourself. I didn't like it at all. [But] the result of it has paid me back in spades."
Allen added: "I got so much joy out of being in those movies, and it delighted young kids. You can't put that in words. Buzz and Woody have become part of American kid lore, and they deserve a third one. They deserve a fourth one. I love these two buddies that care about each other. I like that project so much. I ended up becoming friends with Hanks over it, and that alone is worth it. He's a sweet, wonderful guy. So it's tough work. It's not fun. But I've been suggesting to all parties that they should put whatever their problems are behind them and get on with this. I don't think [Toy Story] belongs to Disney or Pixar. I think it belongs to children and families. It's a great story, and it's not abusive or abrasive or questionable at all. It's about love and caring. I can't oversell how much that story has meant to me, and I think it deserves [a third film]."


[07.10.2004] NYNewsday.com meldet...
Walt Disney Co. is working on not just one but two new sequels in the "Toy Story" series at the same time, Disney chief executive Michael Eisner said yesterday.
"Toy Story," which came out in 1995, and 1999's "Toy Story 2" were blockbuster film and merchandising hits for Pixar Animation Studios, the Disney partner that produced it, and for Disney.
But that partnership is ending after two more films, giving Disney the right to craft sequels if Pixar does not want to.
"We're doing two 'Toy Stories' at once," Eisner said in listing some of Disney's film plans at a Goldman Sachs investment conference in Manhattan.
A spokeswoman in Los Angeles for Disney studios later elaborated, saying, "They're working on different story ideas with the hopes there will be a 'Toy Story 3' and another after that."
A Pixar spokeswoman declined to comment.
The partnership's next computer-animated film is "The Incredibles," which debuts Nov. 5 and which Eisner predicts will be a "giant blockbuster."
Disney is trying to rev up its own computer animation department because traditional animation has fared poorly in recent years. Among its computer animation plans, Disney is producing "Chicken Little," which Eisner said will cost half as much as competitors spend on such films.
Still, the question remains whether on its own, Disney can come close to Pixar's unbroken streak of huge triumphs with computer-animated films.
Eisner said an enormous amount of computer-animated movies will spill forth from Hollywood in the next few years, but victory will boil down to story-telling and emotion, rather than just technology.


[06.09.2004] Moviehole meldet...
[...] There's movement on a "Toy Story 3". The troops behind the 'Buzz Lightyear' show know a bit about it, pointing out that it'll happening at a different camp and that it is in the planning stages (pre-production?) and definitely theatrical. [...]

[27.03.2004] CS! meldet...
Reuters reports that Walt Disney Studios chief Dick Cook on Friday said he is leaning toward making Toy Story 3 a feature film instead of going straight-to-video.
"My hunch is big screen," Cook told Reuters. But he said that no decision had been made and that the movie was a few years or more away. "We are nowhere on it right now," he added.
While Disney and Pixar, who created both "Toy Story" films, will part ways after two more films (The Incredibles and Cars), Disney retains the rights to make sequels to the films they have produced.
"I think it deserves it. These are two of the most beloved characters in the last generation. Buzz and Woody are fantastic characters, and I think that is something that would fit on the big screen nicely."


[03.03.2004] DH meldet...
French Magazine Ciné Live indicates that Walt Disney Animation is currently working on TS3 (no Pixar involved of course), though "Chicken Little" is set to be the studios first post-Pixar CGI cartoon.

[03.02.2004] Animated-News.com meldet, dass "Toy Story 3" ohne (!) Pixar entstehen wird !!! *g*
[...] Disney reminds us (and Pixar) that they own all rights to the existing Pixar films, as well as the right to explore them through merchandise and sequel potential. The statement continues to play up Disney's own move into 3D CGI pictures, with mentions of Vanguard's Valiant and Core's The Wild as well as WDFA's upcoming features. Each gets a quick mention and a line of info, except for the last one, which is simply titled Toy Story 3. [...]

[07.12.2003] "Toy Story" läuft heute um 20.15 Uhr bei RTL - als deutsche Free-TV-Premiere... Die Wiederholung gibt es um 0.30 Uhr...

[17.06.2003] Cindy Pearlman schreibt...
[...] "Finding Nemo" swam back to the top of the box office.
This comes as no surprise to co-director Lee Unkrich, who says, "Everyone who worked on 'Nemo' felt there was something special about this one. It's really an epic story about children and parents."
It's also from the Pixar folks, who can't seem to lose. Could there be a... "Toy Story 3?" "Monsters Inc. 2?" on the drawing board? Unkrich laughs and says, "We hear a lot of demand for 'Monsters 2,' but that's not on the list right now." He adds, "A lot of us at Pixar would love to do another 'Toy Story,' but there are no concrete plans."
What is cooking is "The Incredibles." "It's about a family of superheroes who go into the witness-protection program," says the director. "We're also working on 'Cars.' The main characters are cars and the whole thing takes place on Route 66."


[14.06.2002] Phantastik.de meldet...
Wenn es nach den beiden Darstellern Tom Hanks und Tim Allen geht, die im Original den "Toy Story"-Stars die Stimme leihen, dann wuerde es einen dritten "Toy Story"-Film geben. Tim Allen sagte jetzt in einem Interview laut "Moviehole", alles laege an Disney und Pixar. Die beiden Firmen sind sich seit laengerem offenbar nicht mehr ganz gruen - wenn die ihre Probleme loesen wuerde, wuerde einem dritten "Toy Story" Film nichts im Weg stehen.

[06.11.2001] Phantastik.de meldet...
Tim Allen hat nun enthuellt, dass ein dritter Teil von "Toy Story" doch schon in Arbeit sei. Allen, der in den Filmen die Stimme von "Buzz Ligtyear" spricht, meinte, man sei schon sehr gespannt auf die Story berichtet "Variety".

[25.10.2001] Phantastik.de meldet...
Pixar ist verpflichtet, bis 2005 drei Animationsfilme fuer Disney abzuliefern, die nicht eine Fortsetzung eines vorherigen Film sind. Daher - so berichtet die Zeitung "Los Angeles Times" - sei mit "Toy Story 3" nicht vor 2005 zu rechnen.

[17.10.2001] AICN berichtet über den Stand der Dinge... Abwarten...

[14.08.2001] AICN berichtet über den Stand der Dinge... Es dauert noch...

[03.05.2001] Heute erscheint "Captain Buzz Lightyear - Star Command: Das Abenteuer beginnt" auf DVD & Video... Dieser Spielfilm, der direkt für den Videomarkt produziert wurde und als Auftakt zur Zeichentrick-TV-Serie von Disney dient, setzt die Abenteuer von Buzz Lightyear aus den "Toy Story"-Filmen fort... Bei Disney gibt es weitere Infos und den Trailer...

[16.11.2000] Heute erscheinen "Toy Story" & "Toy Story 2" auf DVD...


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