Pete Docter, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar, argues in favor of the recently revealed Toy Story 5 despite doubts regarding the sequel’s necessity.
Pete Docter, a Pixar producer, argues in favor of Toy Story 5. Toy Story 4, released in 2019, earned much praise from both reviewers and viewers for what got regarded as the final installment in the cartoon story.
However, the announcement that the 5th sequel of Toy Story is being developed at Pixar has many wondering whether another sequel is necessary after a seemingly perfect finale.
Soon after the announcement, Docter argues for a further installment. According to Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer in an interview with The Wrap, there are still many unanswered questions regarding Toy Story 5, which means it may surprise viewers by taking unexpected turns.
Pixar is staying tight-lipped about the plot of Toy Story 5 for now, but if you examine the arc of the series so far, the direction they're headed is really quite obvious: pic.twitter.com/y75qk2Hfvb— Sam Logan (@samandfuzzy) February 21, 2023
Although many people have said that Toy Story 4, and Toy Story 3 before it, felt like a logical end to the Toy Story series, Pixar still wants to develop the universe of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and company.
With people like Toy Story director John Lasseter allegedly being “very critical” of Disney and Pixar’s animated strategy, this announcement follows the widespread disappointment felt around Disney’s production from the previous year.
Does Toy Story 5 Even Need to Exist?
The Pixar executive’s remarks come when many debates whether Toy Story 5 is even required. Even though Toy Story 3 brought an acceptable conclusion to the trilogy, Toy Story 4 already supplied a fantastic climax to the storylines of Woody and Buzz.
That has led some to assert that rather than being inspired by artistic inspiration, Pixar created Toy Story 5 out of a clear desire for money.
As a result of last year’s Lightyear, a spinoff movie with disastrous box office results, many people are likewise viewing the possibility of Toy Story 5 with added caution.
There are many unanswered questions surrounding the Pixar sequel, even though Toy Story 5’s features still need to be discovered.
Since Woody and Buzz’s narrative appeared to be concluding at the end of Toy Story 4, this sequel might have seemed unnecessary to some viewers. There appeared to be no more stories with this cast of characters until Tom Hank’s animated cowboy found himself separating from the other toys.
Yet, Docter’s remarks justify Pixar’s decision to proceed with the 5th sequel of Toy Story. Rather than directly attempting to provide an ending superior to Toy Story 4 or, perhaps worse yet, generating revenue, Docter’s motivation for developing another sequel is to push the franchise in a new and unexpected route.
While most critics and viewers have praised the previous Toy Story films, Toy Story 5 has already stirred up some controversy but is yet to achieve widespread acclaim.
The powers that be would want to try to milk that cash cow once more with a 5th part of Toy Story, given what Pixar has been accustomed to with the mainline Toy Story movies.
Toy Story 5 is an experiment from Pixar and Disney to see what is what with their most well-known animated product currently on the market, regardless of whether the Lightyear misstep indicated increased franchise fatigue or simply the consequence of the movie itself.
Disney+ now has Toy Story 1-4 available for streaming.