Check Out Some Concept Art for the Original Idea for 'Toy Story 3'
In 2010, Pixar Animation delivered a rather perfect sequel in Toy Story 3. Unfortunately, it looks like Toy Story will continue with a fourth installment, but that's not what this post is about. Instead, this is about the Toy Story 3 that could have been. Back in 2005, Disney Animation was working on their own new Toy Story without Pixar mastermind John Lasseter and his crew. There have been details that have surfaced online about the sequel they were working on, and now a whole slew of concept art has surfaced online, showing us what Disney had in store, and you'll probably be glad Pixar came back to do their own thing.
Here's the concept art from Disney's abandoned plot for Toy Story 3 (via SlashFilm):
The story would have seen Buzz Lightyear recalled to Taiwan with Woody and the rest of Andy's toys traveling across the world to save him. The stoyboards above are by Ric Sluiter, based on the screenplay by Bob Hilgenberg and Rob Muir (who now both agree that focusing on the relationship with Andy ended up being better for Toy Story 3). As you can see, there are other recalled toys in the designs, which are interesting enough, but just from the story alone, it seems like this doesn't have as much heart as we've come to expect from the Toy Story franchise. Could Pixar revisit this idea for Toy Story 4? We'll find out.