Some websites appear to have mistaken Pixar producer Jim Morris' vague, if open and helpful, comments on Toy Story 4 as constituting some kind of bombshell or huge revelation. They're not. They're really not. But they are still worth discussing. Upcoming Pixar seemed to be the first to bring the story to wide attention, at least in the English-language blogosphere, quoting Disney's own Latino News blog. Here's how Google translate delivers what Morris said. "It is not a continuation of the end of the story of Toy Story 3. TEMPORARILY it is, but it will be a love story. It will be a romantic comedy. It will not make much focus on the interaction between the characters and children. I think it will be a very good movie." The love story angle came up before, when the film was just announced. And the idea of the story not being a continuation of the end of Toy Story 3 is a fuzzy one at best. This doesn't mean Bonnie won't be part of the picture, just that her relationship with the toys won't be the focus - as Morris later emphasised, in fact. I'm pretty sure the film has a female protagonist this time. I'm assuming it's probably Jessie, but who might she fall in love with? Buzz? They were certainly on those tracks beforehand. A Jessie and Buzz romcom? Hmmm. I can't quite imagine what the actual plot would be... but then, it's not my job to imagine it. I have every confidence that Pixar know what they're doing. Anyway, we'll see in 2017. It's going to be a long wait, though I'm sure Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory will help us pass the time. Toy Story 4 is being written by Rashida Jones, Will McCormack and the amazing story team at Pixar, and is being directed by John Lasseter.
Brendon Connelly has been a film writer since the early 90s, with time on the staff of Orbit Magazine, Slashfilm, Bleeding Cool, Den of Geek and many more. He's a long time teacher of film studies and practical filmmaking classes, and has directed music videos, commercials, short films and more. His favourite film is Terry Gilliam's Brazil, his favourite food is pancakes or crepes, and he tries to live his life by the teachings of Kermit the Frog.