Woody & Buzz Return to Theaters in 2011 in a New Short Film
Thankfully, after what turned out to be a wholly touching, heartfelt and spectacular farewell to Woody, Buzz Lightyear and friends in Toy Story 3, we won't have to worry about Disney and Pixar scraping the bottom of the barrel for another sequel with the gang from Andy's room. However, in a recent interview from MSN with director Lee Unkrich (check out our interview with him, too!) it was revealed that we may not have to say goodbye to those characters forever because some of the Toy Story characters will be returning in one of Pixar's famous short films which will be shown in front of Cars 2 when it's released on June 24th, 2011.
Here's what Unkrich said about closing out the toy story saga with his film while keeping the toys "alive":
"Well, I really tried my best to end the story of Andy and his toys and bring that story to a close in a really nice way at the end of this film. That being said, we know that people love the characters, love Woody and Buzz, and would hate to say good-bye to them completely. I don't know that there would ever be a [Toy Story] 4. We don't have any plans for one — but we are trying to find ways to keep the characters alive. We have announced we're going to do a short film in front of Cars 2 that uses the Toy Story characters. We're going to keep them alive; they're not going away forever."
I'm glad that Unkrich tried to definitively end the story in Toy Story 3, as I think that Disney has learned enough about crappy sequels by now to understand that they shouldn't even think about trying to develop a Toy Story 4. Of course, it'll certainly be great to see Woody, Buzz and the gang (or maybe the lesser known toys even) show up from time to time in Pixar's brilliant short films, and I look forward to catching up with them whenever we get that opportunity. At least we know what we'll be seeing in front of Cars 2 next year, which I think most Pixar fans aren't even that excited for yet. If you haven't seen Toy Story 3 yet, go see it!