Pixar’s Rising Star Joins John Lasseter to Direct Toy Story 4

From the Disney Insider

Big news for those of us eagerly awaiting more adventures with Woody and Buzz: rising Pixar star Josh Cooley will be joining John Lasseter to co-direct Toy Story 4.

It’s been nearly twenty years since Disney Pixar unleashed the very first computer animated feature film into the world, and back in November we learned that we’ll be returning to the world of Toy Story with a fourth film.

Cooley’s career with Pixar began with an internship in the story department, where he worked on Cars. Recently he’s worked as Head of Story on Inside Out, and directed a short that will be released on the Inside Out Blu-ray.

Toy Story 4

In an interview with Variety, Cooley commented on his incredible new gig: “To be co-director on Toy Story 4 with John, who brought the Toy Story characters to the screen 20 years ago, is a dream come true. When I first saw Toy Story I was amazed by the groundbreaking computer-generated animation. But it was the strong storytelling that kept me coming back. Toy Story 4 will continue that tradition and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it!”

When the news of Toy Story 4 first broke, John Lasseter expressed similar excitement for the project: “We love these characters so much; they are like family to us,” he said. “We don’t want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before.Toy Story 3 ended Woody and Buzz’s story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it.”

Toy Story 4 is slated for release on June 16, 2017. Stay tuned for more updates!



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