Why do we need a third Toy Story film? We asked the producer

Pixar hasn't done many sequels - where's my Incredibles 2? - but Toy Story is getting its third installment this weekend. We asked longtime Pixar producer Darla K. Anderson why Buzz and Woody deserve two sequels when others get none.

We caught up with Anderson at Wondercon and got a chance to talk to her about Pixar's creative process. In case you can't hear the audio on the clip above, she basically said that Buzz and Woody are like Pixar's Mickey Mouse. They've burned their way into the popular consciousness and created a huge impact, and people wanted to see more of them.

Talking to reporters at Wondercon, Anderson also said that she was really glad that Toy Story 3 was kept in-house at Pixar. At one point, there was talk of Disney taking the Toy Story series and giving it to a different production team, and Anderson said it would have been like having her children taken away.

We had to ask Anderson about reports we'd read that Toy Story 3 started out with a totally different storyline that was on the drawing board for nearly a decade, before being replaced with the current "Andy goes to college" story. Anderson said it's true, there was another story that the Pixar folks had been batting around for nine years, but when they went on a retreat and pitched it, everybody could tell by 10 AM that it didn't have legs. She wouldn't go into any specifics about it, though, because it may find its way into another Pixar project at some point. After all, Lotso Huggin Bear from the new movie has been an idea floating around since before the first Toy Story.


We also got to talk to Cheers actor John Ratzenberger, who's been in every Pixar film (in addition to being in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.) We asked him if being a much older, battered toy is going to change Ham in the new film. And how he goes about creating a new Pixar character:

Toy Story 3 comes out on Friday.

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Dr Emilio Lizardo

The usual studio answer would be "because it will make money, duh!" (See "Shrek.") But Pixar seems genuinely interested in making good movies. They are often asked about making sequels and they usually seem to feel that if they have already told a story, they would rather tell a brand new one. It's refreshing and it's why I love them so.