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Toy Story 20 years later

Pete Docter Toy Story


In November of this year, Pixar’s first feature length film, and the first to make the foray into feature length computer animation, will turn twenty years old. That’s right, Toy Story is twenty! Thanks to Bryan Bishop over at The Verge, we now have a little more insight into the film and what it was like making history.
Pete Docter was one of the speakers at Austin’s annual SXSW conference, where music, film, and technology collide. Docter announced that he just wrapped up filming on Inside Out last Friday, which opens in theaters on June 19th. A new Spanish trailer for the film has been released, featuring some awesome footage, as well as a March Madness themed one.
But Docter, along with producer Galyn Susman, Pixar president Jim Morris, and technical director Eben Otsby focused on the challenges of Toy Story, and what it was like when Pixar was a fledgling studio. There are some neat tidbits about the process of making the film, which originally was going to be a holiday special about the main character in their short film, “Tin Toy”. Once they set their sights on making a full length movie, the tin toy evolved into Buzz Lightyear.
Below is an excerpt, in which Docter reveals his always endearing humble quality!

“We still don’t know what the hell we’re doing,” Docter said. “You think I’m joking, but we don’t. Every one of these [movies] has the weird ability to completely scramble your brain and fool you into thinking it’s working, until you show somebody else.” It’s only through their process of creative collaboration, Docter said, that the filmmakers are able to bring their movies together.

Check out some of the early concept art from Toy Story.

Last modified: March 18, 2015

Simoa (Elliefredricksen) is Editor in Chief of Upcoming Pixar. Simoa is a lifelong Pixar fan, but she didn't start blogging about the studio until 2010. Up and Ellie left a lasting impression, and the rest is history! She also has a deep, abiding love for fairy tales and Classic Hollywood films.