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Toy Story 4 Continues To Be The Number One Movie In The World

Bud Luckey, Round-Ups, Toy Story, Toy Story 4

Posted by Joanna • July 1, 2019

We’re still reeling a bit from seeing Toy Story 4, so here’s a quick ‘Woody’s Round-up’ of how the sequel’s been doing in the theatres since its launch on June 21st.

Toy Story 4 – The Number One Movie In the World!

Toy Story 4 has been the number one movie in the world for two weeks running! If you’re into box-office ratings, then no, it hasn’t been doing as well as other Pixar movies – Incredibles 2 is still staying strong as Pixar’s most successful movie (at least in terms of box-office performance). Toy Story 4 brought in just over $120 million in its opening weekend, so it’s by no means a flop. Are box-office figures the best way to measure a movie’s success anyway? I don’t think so.

Reviews have also been hugely positive – people’s hearts all around the world have been captured by the movie’s surprising messages. Forky has become an instant favourite, Bo’s return has inspired generations, and the ending has sparked debates. We can’t wait to see how Toy Story 4 settles into being part of the franchise, and part of the world!

A Recreation Of Woody’s Old Character Design

Now instead of looking forward, let’s cast our minds back to the original Toy Story. In fact, let’s cast our minds back even further to when the concept of Woody was first being conceived. The toys went through a lot of redesigns – one of Woody’s first looks was of an old, western ventriloquist doll.

Old concept art for Woody by the great Bud Luckey

The Unit Photographer Steven Wong Jr. of Laika Studios is currently documenting, through his Instagram, the process of artist Michelle Mello creating a hand-made puppet of this old Woody design. It’s absolutely fascinating, and the final reveal is very soon! Click on through to Steven Wong Jr.’s Instagram below to catch up:

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With the 4th installment of Pixar’s #ToyStory just around the corner, what better time to step #behindthescenes as talented artist Michelle Mello (@mellomade) brings the original Bud Luckey concept version of Woody to life! ✨ Swipe left to see legendary animator and character designer Bud Luckey’s original concept and follow along for each step as Michelle handcrafts Woody from sketch to finished #puppet!💫 . . . . . . . . . 📸: @stevenwongjr 🎨: Bud Luckey #characterdesign #stopmotionanimation #animation #modelmaking #claymation #miniatureart #makersgonnamake #artistsofinstagram#maker #sculpey #filmmaking #sculpt #miniatures #pixar #makerslife #visualeffects #characteranimation #stopmotion #puppets #handmade #puppetmaking #sculpture #instaart #disneyanimation #disney #toystory4 #disneypixar

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The passing of a Pixar veteran.

Bud Luckey, rest in peace

Posted by Simoa • February 25, 2018

Bud Luckey, one of Pixar’s key animators, passed away yesterday at the age of 84.

Bud Luckey (July 28th, 1934 – February 24th, 2018). Photo via Animated Views.

If you didn’t know his name or his face, you certainly knew his voice. He portrayed Agent Rick Dicker in The Incredibles, Chuckles the Clown in Toy Story 3, and Eeyore in Disney’s 2011 Winnie the Pooh film. His voice was so well suited to those stoic, frowning Pixar characters. As Jerry Beck reports at Animation Scoop, Luckey had also recorded his lines for Toy Story 4.

Luckey’s mark can also be seen in the Toy Story trilogy, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars, and Ratatouille, with his character designs. He is credited as the creator and designer of our favorite cowboy, Sheriff Woody.

 

Boundin‘, the 2004 short film that premiered with The Incredibles was also written and directed by Luckey, who provided the voice of the bouncing jackalope. The film’s song with its catchy refrain was performed by Luckey on banjo. Boundin’ has abundant charm even if it’s not one of Pixar’s glossier efforts, and it’s all the more impressive with Luckey’s triple duties as director, narrator, and performer. You can watch the short with Luckey’s commentary in the following video.

In addition to Pixar, Luckey was a Sesame Street animator and storyboard artist. Luckey also illustrated numerous children’s books, including Disney’s Golden Books.

Luckey is survived by his son Andy Luckey, who posted the news on facebook. You can read his tribute below.

With great sadness I announce the passing of my Dad: Bud Luckey.

My Dad was best known for his work in animation (PIXAR/Disney/Sesame Street) and as a voice actor (Eeyore, Agent Rick Dicker, Chuckles the Clown et al.). He loved his work but got even greater satisfaction from seeing others enjoy it.

He’ll be deeply missed by his friends, family and colleagues to whom he was just “Bud.” His kind and easy
going demeanor led his PIXAR colleagues to dub him “Bud Low-Key.”

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

In lieu of flowers our family encourages donations to The California Institute of The Arts — Bud Luckey Scholarship Fund.

He will be missed at Pixar and beyond. We want to extend our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues at this time.

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