Toy Story Throwback: ‘Toy Story 3’ Commercials

Cars 3 premieres this week, and with it has come a steady stream of promotional ads, new merchandise, special events, and of course trailers and television commercials.  The advertising campaign for a new Pixar movie is always exciting, especially when the characters and setting allow for a little extra creativity in commercials.  A couple years ago, the Inside Out cast popped up in all sorts of television ads, from the Super Bowl in January through the movie’s theatrical release in June.  Dory and her aquatic friends weren’t quite as conducive to interacting with people in a commercial setting, nor were dinosaurs, so I don’t recall seeing quite as many for those films.  But I do remember lots of commercials during the months surrounding Toy Story 3‘s release, and thought it would be fun to look back at them in a throwback post.

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What Does Don Rickles’ Passing Mean for ‘Toy Story 4’?

This past Wednesday, Toy Story fans were deeply saddened by the passing of Don Rickles, legendary comedian and the voice of Mr. Potato Head.  And as soon as the news broke, speculation began as to what this would mean for his character’s future in the film franchise.  Instead of addressing this at the time it was announced, however, I decided to wait a while and see what, if any, further information came out in regards to the impact on Toy Story 4.  We still don’t know a lot, but here’s what we do know so far…

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Toy Story News Roundup: Toy Story 4, Toy Story Land, and a Petition for Jessie at Walt Disney World

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I’ll admit it; I know I’ve let this blog slide for the past few months.  It’s not for a lack of love for Toy Story, though – if anything, it’s because Jessie’s cut from the Walt Disney World parks and Toy Story 4‘s second delay kind of put me in a fangirl tailspin.  Since my last post, my family and I made a trip to Walt Disney World (which, by the way, isn’t all that magical when your favorite character is missing), and I’ve been focusing my efforts on fighting to get Jessie reinstated.  But there have been a few little snippets of Toy Story news since then, so I thought I’d catch up and share what’s been going on since November…

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Pete Docter Provides a ‘Toy Story 4’ Update

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly yesterday, Pixar director Pete Docter shared a long-awaited update on Toy Story 4, coming almost a week after the announcement that the film’s release would be delayed yet another year, to 2019.  Following some reflection on the 15th anniversary of Monsters Inc., which he directed, Docter went on to discuss the current status of the Toy Story sequel:

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Toy Story Throwback: Lee Unkrich’s ‘Toy Story 3’ Formspring

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We passed the two-year countdown mark for Toy Story 4 back in June – down to 20 months now – but we still have a long way to go.  And since news on the upcoming sequel continues to be light these days, I thought I might as well share another of my “throwback” posts while we wait.  It’s as good a time as any to reminisce about the previous Toy Story film, as we anticipate the next one and ponder what secrets its story holds for us.

I think it’s safe to say that anyone who was a part of the Toy Story fandom during the days surrounding Toy Story 3‘s release in 2010 can remember director Lee Unkrich’s account on Formspring.  The now-defunct social media site’s format was strictly Q&A, and although I never had the nerve to ask him anything myself, I can remember checking often to see if he’d answered anything new.  Sadly, he deleted the account – and all the goodness it contained – not too long thereafter, so I never had the chance to screencap or jot down the questions that were asked and their replies, which were fascinating to a fan like myself.

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Toy Story News Roundup: ‘Toy Story 4’ Voice Work, Disney Parks Updates, and Shopping Finds

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What do I do when get too busy with everyday life to keep up with my blog?  Catch up with one of my News Roundup posts, of course!  It’s been a hectic few weeks for me, but fortunately (or unfortunately?), Toy Story news was light anyway. Finally, though, I have several exciting things to pass along to my fellow fans…

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WDW Trip Recap: Meeting Pixar at Disney Springs

Pete Docter Disney SpringsLet me start out by saying that I am not usually a right-place-at-the-right-time sort of girl.  More often than not, the events I’d most like to attend take place in California or New York; rarely does something occur in a location that’s convenient for me.  So, when I got an exciting Twitter notification while we were on our most recent Walt Disney World vacation, I was completely blown away by our unusual turn of good fortune.

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Toy Story News Roundup: Interviews, Toy Story at 20

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It’s been over two weeks since I’ve published anything on this blog, and there’s a good reason for that – I’ve been at Disney World!  My family and I are annual passholders, so we head to the parks as often as we can – this time it was to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and to celebrate Toy Story‘s 20th anniversary with the toys themselves.  We had some amazing luck while we were there that led to an unforgettable Pixar experience, which I’ll be writing about soon in a future post.  But for now, I thought I’d recap the little snippets of Toy Story related news that came out while I was away.

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Heart and Humor: John Lasseter at the Lyon Film Festival

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This week, John Lasseter has been in Lyon, France for the Lumière Film Festival, which celebrated Pixar’s films as a part of its 2015 program.  Lasseter was honored at the event with a plaque on their Wall of Filmmakers; he introduced a 20th anniversary screening of Toy Story on October 12th; and he led a masterclass and also introduced a showing of Cars on October 13th.  As always, when I hear that someone from Pixar – especially John Lasseter – is going to be making public appearances, I search high and low for coverage and recaps; even more so now, since I’m always looking for any new information about Toy Story 4.  The international events are the trickiest, and although I haven’t had a lot of success finding videos of the full presentations on You Tube (more may pop up in time), I did discover this fantastic interview…

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