My 3-year old grandson’s wake up routine is to go downstairs, get some breakfast, and watch either “Toy Story 1” or “Toy Story 2.” Who knows how long this will continue after going to the movie theater this past weekend for the first time to watch, you guessed it, “Toy Story 3.” It’s no coincidence that my daughter and son-in-law really enjoyed the movie, too? That’s part of the genius behind the animated films of Pixar.
Pixar touches such a broad audience and the Toy Story franchise may be the one touching the most of us. Can you believe its been over ten (10) years since Toy Story 2? I feel like I have been in a time warp. Toy Story 1 came out in 1995, too. The folks at Pixar are in no rush to release, and, besides, between the brainstorming and fine-tuning these animation films take years to develop anyway. Then, there’s the track record of Pixar – nine (9) animation films and each one a great success.
I found a great headline article from WIRED magazine, an insider’s peak at the creative, relentless process of Pixar. Stopping their work is the hard part as Toy Story director Lee Unkrich said, “We don’t ever finish a film, I could keep on making it better. We’re just forced to release it.”