Toy Story 5 will surprise audiences. At least that’s what Pixar boss Pete Docter is teasing.
Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, recently confirmed the news that a fifth film was in the works as well as Frozen 3 and a follow-up to 2016’s Zootopia.
“I’m so pleased to announce that we have sequels in the works from our animation studios to some of our most popular franchises – ‘Toy Story,’ ‘Frozen,’ and ‘Zootopia.'” Iger announced to the investors.
Docter, who is Pixar’s Chef Creative Officer, spoke about the news to The Wrap. And he revealed that the new flick is going to tell an unexpected story.
“I think it’ll be surprising. It’s got some really cool stuff that you haven’t seen before.” Docter says.
While there’s been no long-term, bigger picture planning for the Toy Story franchise, the creative process is taking them to unexpected places.
“The thing we’ve been really trying to do, and this has been the case for a while, is we’ve been looking at them a little bit like, okay, we’re not planning for the future. When we made the first ‘Toy Story’, we had no idea there would be a ‘Toy Story 2’,” Docter states.
“We’re just trying to make this movie. But that in making the movie, it takes you places, unexpected places, which is what I love about the creative process. If I knew exactly what I was doing when I started making a movie, there’d kind of be no point in making it. I discover so much along the way.” he adds.
Are Fans Burnt Out on the Toy Story Universe?
While 2019’s Toy Story 4 was a massive box office success, grossing more than $1 billion globally, last summer’s spin-off, Lightyear, was not. With a budget of $200 million, the film only grossed a little over $226 million worldwide. So what happened? Were the numbers any indication that maybe movie fans weren’t interested in further exploring the Toy Story universe?
Docter’s take on what happened was that there was actually a disconnect between the Angus MacLane-directed film and the original franchise.
“It was much more of a science fiction. And Angus, to his credit, took it very seriously and genuinely and wanted to represent those characters as real characters. But the characters in ‘Toy Story’ are much broader. And so I think there was a disconnect between what people wanted/expected and what we were giving to them.” Docter states.
We’ll keep you posted as more news on Toy Story 5 is announced. However, in the meantime, let us know what you’d most like to see with the fifth film.