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Before the Disney/Pixar merger Disney had planned to create it's own sequel to the film without the help of Pixar (since Disney own all the Pixar IP I imagine). Pixar as you can imagine weren't too pleased with this idea and were becoming increasingly worried that there'd be a slew of straight to DVD sequels to stuff like Finding Nemo, Monster Inc etc. Now Lasseter is in charge they're more than happy to go forward with this sequel with Pixar drafting in most of the original team.

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Toy Story 3 Coming in 2009

Source: Variety

February 8, 2007

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.

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Before the Disney/Pixar merger Disney had planned to create it's own sequel to the film without the help of Pixar (since Disney own all the Pixar IP I imagine). Pixar as you can imagine weren't too pleased with this idea and were becoming increasingly worried that there'd be a slew of straight to DVD sequels to stuff like Finding Nemo, Monster Inc etc. Now Lasseter is in charge they're more than happy to go forward with this sequel with Pixar drafting in most of the original team.

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Toy Story 3 Coming in 2009

Source: Variety

February 8, 2007

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.

That has to be the best news I have heard in ages, now hopefully they can find some decent stories.

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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.

the best bit of that article :(

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Wait, when did this happen?

Wallace & Gromit Sequel in the Works

Source: Reuters

February 1, 2007

Aardman is moving ahead with a sequel to Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, despite its recent split from DreamWorks Animation.

Reuters says that Nick Park, creator of the characters, is busy at the drawing board creating a second film.

"Wallace and Gromit are alive and kicking," Aardman spokesman Arthur Sheriff said on Wednesday. "There is a project on the table right now.

"It could be television, it could be a feature film. That depends on how the storyline develops. It will go into production as soon as he has finished writing it."

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Lasseter has been caught up in the deeply dodgy Steve Jobs share option scandal

Pixar drawn into Jobs share option inquiry

Tom Bawden in New York

The Securities and Exchange Commission is widening its investigation into Steve Jobs’s handling of stock option grants after it emerged that the Apple chief executive had signed an options package for a Pixar ally during his time running the film company.

Mr Jobs, who headed Pixar for 15 years until last May — as well as running Apple for much of the time — in 2001 signed off on a particularly well-timed options grant for John Lasseter, director of hit films such as Toy Story and A Bug’s Life, according to SEC filings.

By allegedly backdating the day on which Mr Lasseter was granted the option to buy 1 million Pixar shares by more than three months to December 6, 2000, their lowest point in the previous year, the potential pay-out was significantly increased, the filings show.

By the close of trading on March 20, 2001, the day before the contract was signed, Pixar’s shares had climbed 24 per cent, increasing Mr Lasseter’s potential profit by $6.4 million.

Mr Lasseter, now chief creative officer of Disney’s animation studios, sold about 880,000 of the shares at various prices before converting the remaining shares to Disney stock following its acquisition of Pixar in May last year.

Mr Jobs relinquished control of Pixar after the deal, although he now sits on the board of Disney, in which he is the biggest shareholder.

Mr Jobs’s role in signing off on Mr Lasseter’s options turns the spotlight on the Apple chief executive once more. He is already under investigation by the SEC as part of an inquiry into the computer and iPod maker’s share-option practices.

The SEC has asked Apple for more documents on the circumstances surrounding various stock options grants even though the company’s internal investigation cleared Mr Jobs of any wrongdoing. It is not known what part, if any, he had in selecting the grant date of Mr Lasseter’s options at Pixar.

The most sensitive case the SEC is investigating at Apple relates to options granted to Mr Jobs in December 2001. The award was backdated to October, when Apple’s share price was lower, thereby guaranteeing a much bigger profit.

Apple would not comment on the Pixar case yesterday, although the computer maker has consistently said that Mr Jobs was not aware of accounting implications of backdating and that he later returned the options so that he would not benefit from the practice. However, Apple has acknowledged that it falsified records to show that a board meeting was held to approve the move when no such meeting took place.

Analysts said yesterday that Mr Jobs’s participation in questionable stock option grants at a separate company that he headed served to intensify the growing cloud of suspicion over his head.

Pixar, Walt Disney and the SEC also declined to comment on the Pixar stock option case.

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Obviously 3D is the future. Who knew that Jaws 3D and Amityville 3D had gotten it right all those years ago? :)

From Comingsoon.net

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 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.

Originally released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1995, Toy Story was the first feature film from Pixar Animation Studios and director John Lasseter. The film went on to receive Oscar® nominations for Original Score, Original Song, and Screenplay, and earned Lasseter a Special Achievement Award "for the development and inspired application of techniques that have made possible the first feature-length computer-animated film." Toy Story 2 was released in 1999, and reunited voice talents Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, in their roles as Woody and Buzz. The film became one of the most popular animated features of all time, and received an Academy Award® nomination for Original Song.

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Yeah, if it revolves around those glasses then count me out. And frankly most of the 3D I've seen has been pretty shit to be honest...

Believe me mate, these 3D effects are amazing. Nothing like those crappy old green and red glasses.

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The plot for Toy Story 3 may have been revealed by the Wall Street Journal.

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.

Admittedly it could be lazy journalism as this has been a rumoured plot for the film for a while now. Not sure I'm too keen on it if true.

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The plot for Toy Story 3 may have been revealed by the Wall Street Journal.

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.

Admittedly it could be lazy journalism as this has been a rumoured plot for the film for a while now. Not sure I'm too keen on it if true.

I trust the team to come up with something worthwhile. Not sure where the drama will come from though.

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I trust the team to come up with something worthwhile. Not sure where the drama will come from though.

Well the daycare story is a lot better than the last idea that was going around, that the toys somehow ended up in Paris :angry:

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It was one disappointing film. I hardly think it is cause to write off the rest of his career.

Considering that he described it as the film he had always wanted to make, I think it was more worrying than an ordinary misfire.

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Considering that he described it as the film he had always wanted to make, I think it was more worrying than an ordinary misfire.

Not really. Most passion projects are normally rubbish (see Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong) I'll give him the benefit of the doubt for now.

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He was taken off the film because he made it too quirky (well that is what the rumours say).

Could be true - I loved his art design on Lilo and Stitch. Great movie.

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