1. “Pixar to Make Toy Story 4.” And why John Lasseter is returning to direct.
“Lasseter told The Times that Toy Story 4 will be a love story and will pick up where Toy Story 3 left off, when Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the series’s toy chest of characters were handed down to a little girl named Bonnie. ’A lot of people in the industry view us doing sequels as being for the business of it, but for us it’s pure passion,’ said Lasseter, who directed the first two Toy Story films. ’We only make sequels when we have a story that’s as good as or better than the original. We don’t just, because of the success of a film, automatically say we’re going to do a sequel and then figure out what we’re going to do.’ That philosophy sets an awfully high bar for a Toy Story sequel—the first three have grossed more than $1.3 billion worldwide and collected uniformly positive reviews for their storytelling and technique. The third, directed by Lee Unkrich in 2010, won Oscars for animated feature and original song, and became only the third animated movie in history to be nominated for best picture.”