Toy Story

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Toy Story 4 plot details are worrisome


Gotta have faith
Aug 14
// Matthew Razak
After Toy Story 3 landed I promised I would never doubt Pixar again unless it involved automobiles, but they are making it hard. Good Morning America revealed our first plot details for Toy Story 4 and they seem a b...
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Toy Story 4 might be a romantic comedy separate from original trilogy


How could you possibly follow an act like that?
Mar 06
// John-Charles Holmes
In a recent interview with Disney Latino, Pixar's president, Jim Morris discussed some of the earliest details about the upcoming Toy Story 4. According to Morris, the sequel to the original trilogy won't continue the story, ...
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You've got a fourth in me
With the Toy Story series remaining a big marketing juggernaut long after the trilogy officially ended in 2010, it was almost inevitable that we'd get another film (especially seeing as how we're getting more and more TV spec...

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NYCC: Cosplay photos from the floor


The good, the bad, and the weird
Oct 12
// Alec Kubas-Meyer
If you live in New York, you're probably used to walking pretty quickly to get from points A to B. This makes being in a packed convention center like the Javitz Center during the increasingly popular New York Comic Con absol...

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Toy Story of Terror! gets a clip


Oct 09
// Matthew Razak
With Halloween just around the corner it's time to bust out the specials based on popular kids franchises once again. This year's new entrant is Toy Story of Terror! and you can watch a clip of it above. Watching a...
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Pixar to make "Toy Story of Terror," a TV Special


May 14
// Liz Rugg
Pixar has revealed that they will be debuting another Toy Story Toon short, in the tradition of Hawaiian Vacation, Small Fry and Partysaurus Rex. This time, Toy Story of Terror will be broadcasted on ABC television on Hallowe...

Flixist Discusses: Should there be a Toy Story 4?

Feb 21 // Nick Valdez
Nick Valdez: Toy Story is my favorite Pixar series for a reason. I love the world, I love the characters, and the underlying themes of the trilogy still resonate with me. With that being said, a fourth entry is a great idea. Now I'm usually not the first to say " more movies using [insert precious childhood memory here]," (for reference, I originally rejected Fast and Furious, but that turned out splendidly) but I still think Toy Story has more of a "story" that deserves telling. And that's more than I could say about Pixar's other franchises. Matthew Razak: I'm not sure how you can call 3's ending open. There was a clear story arc here and it blatantly concluded in the third film. Not only did it blatantly conclude it perfectly concluded. Extending this out further ruins what was already a perfect ending. One of the wonderful things about most Pixar films is they never feel like they're being made just to be made. After the ending of the third Toy Story, this Toy Story automatically feels like it's just being made to be made.  Nick Valdez: I call it open ended for one reason: Bonnie. Toy Story has always been about accepting the future and the change it brings. The first film was about Woody accepting new friends (as Science Fiction "The Future" overtakes Westerns "The Past"), Toy Story 2 was about a desperate grab for nostalgia (Prospector literally wanted to be frozen in time), and the third film was about letting go of the past and respectably moving forward. While I'll agree that TS3's ending was sublime, it was even better at keeping hope alive. Thematically, Bonnie represents the new generation of children realizing how great Toy Story's characters are (In fact, TS3 is my five year old cousin's introduction to the franchise). As we watched Andy slowly grow up into adulthood, a lot of us grew up with him. Andy becomes a physical manifestation of ourselves, and when he passes on his toys to Bonnie, we pass on the characters, the Toy Story world, to a new generation of kids who deserve a TS film to call their own. Matthew Razak: Those kids have three amazing movies to grow up with already. If you want to tell a new story then tell a new story with new characters. It's not like Pixar is bad at doing this stuff. How many times are Buzz and Woody going to have issues or get lost or have to find their way home. This cast of characters is amazing, and I'd be fine with them showing up in fun shorts, but Pixar's attentions could be spent developing a whole new universe for this new generation to fall in love with. Sequels for the simple fact that the characters are popular, which this definitely feels like, aren't what Pixar needs to be doing. At some point a cast of characters needs to be set aside before they start to wear out their welcome. Nick Valdez: Now this is probably the "least legitimate" of my rebuttals, but I see Part 4 working as a reboot of sorts. I'd say introduce a new central character and conflict, while still allowing past characters to influence the story (but not take it over completely),  and naturally move forward as a new story that continues to flesh out TS's universe while gradually stepping away from past episodes. Just a suggestion, but maybe Pixar can expand on the feeling of loss that lingered in the third film. As toys becomes less and less relevant in our current world, it'd be interesting how a new toy would survive. Or something. Look, the good folks at Pixar are smarter than I am about that stuff, so I'm sure they could do better. The point is, I want to explore this universe even more as it seems there are stories left to be told. Playtime never ends, so neither should the series. Matthew Razak: Now we're talking spin-offs. I have amazing faith in Pixar (more so than any other studio), but spin-offs mean the death of anything. When they look back and discuss where it really started going downhill for anything it's always around the time that a franchise starts to focus on other characters. The idea of toys coming to life isn't new, it's the characters and story that make Toy Story work so well. Veering off into some other storyline is fine and all, but it hardly ever works. You may ask why they shouldn't just try, and I bring you back to the fact that the story already concluded too perfectly. All your doing now is hammering nails in a coffin that was already buried. The question also becomes where do you stop. I'm sure Disney would have them make 50 more, and pushing to a fourth (especially with new characters) signals that they're totally willing to do that. I was wary about Pixar making so many sequels already and I think Cars 2 proved that everything they touch isn't gold. They're so good at crafting original stories that it seems a waste to churn out a fourth in the Toy Story series. Nick Valdez: I can see your point, but that wariness has been around since Toy Story 2 was announced. Toy Story itself was so beautifully told that felt like it ended also. When Toy Story 2 was announced (with brand new characters I might add) that doubt initially faded when TS2 turned out great. And when TS3 was announced? There was an even greater fallout, but that eventually subsided when we realized we can put our faith in Pixar. The same thing is happening here. We all know TS4 is going to be great because the material is there. Cars 2 flopped because it tried to make something out of nothing. And Planes? F**k Planes. Now to figure out where it should stop. I most certainly think it should end after a fourth as even I have limits. And it's not liking working on 4 is going to take away from their originals. Look at Monsters University, it's branching off a story they've told already but they still have time to work on The Good Dinosaur, that Dia de Los Muertos film, and that one about the mind. With their invigorates production schedule (and money), why not squeeze in another Toy Story? I mean, they're making Planes! Matthew Razak: Defending a bad idea by pointing to a worse idea doesn't actually make the bad idea any better. Yes, they're making Planes, but they shouldn't be. Just because you have the money doesn't mean you should use it on things that seem pretty geared towards simply making more. It's hard to point Pixar as an evil movie studio just gong for a quick buck, because they aren't, but a fourth installment is really just about that for the simple fact that it doesn't need to be made. Let's say the fourth one turns out good, that still doesn't mean it should have been made. There's something to be said for knowing when to end a story and the perfect endings is when you should end a story. Toy Story has had that perfect ending and adding to it, even if you add something good, cheapens that ending. With a fourth film we're taking something that has been made whole already and making it more whole. You can't do that. You're basically just handing someone a nice full glass of water and then pouring more water in. That waters not useful, it's just making a mess of your glass of water as it spills all over the place. Why have more of something that doesn't need more in it? Nick Valdez: Damn it Matt, your analogy was way too good. I honestly want to keep arguing that they should make more, but as the logic sinks in, I can predict my arguments will devolve more and more into blind fandom (until I eventually put my fingers in my ears and scream "LA LA LA NOT LISTENING LA LA LA LA"). I'm just going to concede on my end with one final push. I honestly just want more Toy Stor(ies) because I love them. Sure 3's ending was great (but I still argue that the open ending and passing the torch left me personally wanting), but we all know we're getting more of them whether we want them or not. Given Pixar's recent property mining, we could do a looooot worse (Up sequel? Didn't think so. That's an even better example of a perfect ending that shouldn't be ruined). This argument may seem tonally defensive (and even less legitimate than the previous one) but even if the fourth releases, it doesn't necessarily mean that the other three are going anywhere. TS has never been a franchise hinged on continuity restraint and it's broad themes lend themselves to an even wider range of stories, so it's not like another venture would ruin the franchise or the original trilogy's ending. In closing, why don't we enjoy playtime one more time? I have at least or more in me (and still have a snake in my boots) and I'm sure Pixar does too. And that's all, folks! Did you enjoy our little argument? Don't worry about Matt and I though. Like Woody and Buzz, we're the best of friends now! Disagree with Matt or myself and have an opinion of your own? Why don't you share it below in the comments or wage war in the forums!
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Matt and Nick debate the very idea of a Toy Story sequel
When a rumor of a Colombian Toy Story 4 confirmation went up a few days ago, there was an odd amount of division between the Flixist editors. Some editors (me) were in favor of a Toy Story sequel, while other editors (Matthew...

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Flixistentialism 09 - Dave Coulier


Ranger Joe, yo
Feb 20
// Andres Bolivar
On this week's episode of Flixistentialism we discuss the Oscars, the glaring fact that Seth MacFarlane's Ted just isn't that funny and the proposition of another Toy Story movie. Most important of all, we discuss Dave motherf**ckin' Coulier and his awesome Popeye impression. Rate us on iTunes, suscribe to us, and please, don't forget to love us.  
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Toy Story 4 set for 2015?


Feb 19
// Nick Valdez
Okay everyone calm down, we all know more Toy Story would be awesome and unavoidable. Whether it's so soon is questionable. According to two different Columbian outlets (Terra, and radio station RCN), they have received a pre...
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Flix for (Not So) Short: Live Action Toy Story


Jan 14
// Nick Valdez
Do you have trouble getting back into the groove of the work week like I do? Here's how your Monday just got ten times better. Jonasen Pauley and Jesse Perotta have been painstakingly working on a stop motion version of Pixa...
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Flix for Short: Partysaurus Rex


"What up, fishes!"
Oct 11
// Nick Valdez
Dawww, what's there to say really? Partysaurus Rex is the Toy Story short that was shown before Finding Nemo 3D and it's sooooo cuuuuute. Rex (Wallace Shawn) is seen as the party pooper until he turns on the water for th...
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Two short Toy Story TV specials planned for 2013 and 2014


Jun 07
// Geoff Henao
Are you still wiping your tears away from Toy Story 3's ending? Are your DVDs, Blu-Rays, and VHS tapes getting worn out because you're worried you'd never see your favorite toys again? FEAR NOT, for Disney and Pixar have just...
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Mondo's Toy Story poster is as awesome as you'd expect


May 10
// Liz Rugg
Today at a random time, our friends over at Mondo will be releasing this fantastic print for Disney/Pixar's seminal classic, Toy Story. You'd be hard-pressed to find any kid who wasn't in love with Toy Story when it came out ...
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Toy Story could have been called "Toyz in the Hood"


Aug 24
// Jenika Katz
I hate giving titles to things. It's hard to come up with a short, catchy title that perfectly conveys what you want to say. It's especially hard if you come up with something meant to be temporary and then try to change it l...
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The Toys are back in town for the second time this year


Aug 22
// Alex Katz
Woody, Buzz, and the gang, having starred in the short Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation that played before Cars 2, will return in another short film adventure in front of one of my most anticipated films of the rest of ...
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Body Snatchers: The Lost Roles of Bill Murray


Aug 04
// Andres Bolivar
[Body Snatchers is Flixist's ode to film shirts that are clever or awesome enough to cover and consume our bodies.] You know what is awesome? T-shirts. They protect your torso, disguise the fact that you really haven't taken ...
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Did Tom Hanks just announce Toy Story 4?


Jun 27
// Alex Katz
During an interview with the BBC's Breakfast News, Tom Hanks rather flippantly dropped a bombshell. When asked if a Toy Story 4 would ever happen he said, "I think there will be yeah. Yeah, yeah. They’re working on...
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Toy Story Hawaiian Vacation: Probably better than Cars 2


Mar 01
// Alex Katz
This will probably be less depressing than Toy Story 3’s furnace scene. Here’s a clip of Toy Story Hawaiian Vacation, the Pixar short set to play in front of Cars 2 when it opens on June 24th. You can also see a ...

Review: Toy Story 3

Jan 09 // Andrew Kauz
Toy Story 3 comes over ten years after the last entry in the series and joins main character Andy during the summer before his departure to college. As he finally begins his last-minute cleaning and packing, he struggles to decide what to do with Woody, Buzz, and the rest of his beloved toys. An unfortunate garbage bag mistake sends the toys on a grand adventure that requires them to break out of a prison-like day-care center and come to terms with their reduced role in their owner's life. When you boil the film down to its most basic elements, this is simply a prison break story. The toys receive poor treatment at Sunny Side Daycare, battle with an evil warden, and develop an elaborate plan to escape. If you wanted to complain that the film was unoriginal because of this, you certainly could. However, it would also mean that you're ignoring just how comprehensively the story is told and just how much heart and loving detail is placed into the storytelling. Characters, old and new, are explored with more detail than ever before. The main villain, a huggable but ruthless bear named Lotso, is given an extensive backstory that makes him relatable even in the face of his repeated betrayals. Familiar characters are also given some great new twists. One of the most memorable moments of the film comes when Buzz is accidentally put into "Spanish mode." While watching Buzz dance around and ramble in Spanish is hilarious, the masterful storytelling uses this simple joke to further the relationship between Buzz and Jessie.  While the humor is to be expected, the rather dark tone of the film is quite surprising. Really, the entire film is all about fear and death, and in some cases, these are explored in very direct ways. One scene near the end of the film is incredibly shocking in just how dark it is, and it will make you think, if only for a moment, that the film is going to turn into a tragedy. The real purpose, however, is simply to explore the themes of attachment -- attachment to our valued possessions, to our friends, to ourselves, and to our own personal traditions. If anything, these themes are going to connect with adult audiences far more than young viewers, and the way the film connects with the audience is simply beautiful. The conclusion is stunning, not only wrapping up the Toy Story saga perfectly but also finding an entirely new way to appeal to fans' connection to the series. Toy Story 3 is also the most visually impressive film in the studio's history. The visuals are remarkably detailed in each of the varied environments, and characters animate with more impressive realism than ever before. The traditional Toy Story style has truly been perfected with this film. For me, the most impressive thing about Toy Story 3 is just how easily it affected me despite my status as a non-fan of the series. The story told isn't one of striking originality, but I can think of few traditional stories that have been told with such care and attention to all its potential viewers. This is as much a film for the Toy Story fan as it is for the Toy Story uninitiated, and it should absolutely be seen by everyone -- especially adults. Overall Score: 8.85 – Spectacular. (Movies that score between 8.50 and 9.00 are some of the best films its genre has ever created, and fans of any genre will thoroughly enjoy them.)   Toy Story 3 is one of the year's best films and one of the best animated films ever made. Its themes of love, death, and attachment appeal far more to adults than to kids, and its masterful storytelling and genuinely funny comedy make it a film that everyone should see. Geoff Henao: Overall Score: 8.50 – Spectacular. There are numerous reasons why Pixar is one of the top studios in the film industry, and Toy Story 3 is one of them. Like most people my age, I essentially grew up with Woody and Buzz the same way Andy did. And, just like Andy, we all had to say goodbye to our great friends, but not without one final adventure. Not to cause a jinx or anything, but if Pixar were to have peaked with Toy Story 3, I’d be perfectly okay with it.
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When you're someone who historically hasn't been a fan of a particular series, it's difficult to find excitement for its third installment. When the original Toy Story came out, I was of the age where I found animated films t...


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