The director of "Toy Story 4", Josh Cooley, examines every toy that appears in the "Toy Story" franchise and explains their significance to the story.
Writing characters can be hard, but reinventing them sequel after sequel is nearly impossible. That's why the Toy Story franchise is so special and engaging. From Forky to Hamm and Buzz Lightyear, each character has been imbued with interesting backstories by Pixar to help inspire new creative endeavors.
Check out this amazing video from Wired with the full interview and stories behind each toy.
What was your favorite explanation of the toys we heard about?
I have always been obsessed with the Aliens. I wish they were in later films more, honestly, but it was fun hearing that an artist voices them.
Barbie and Ken are obviously super funny, but it's cool to see how they came from just a one-note joke in Toy Story 2 to a character that was emblematic of maturation as the movies went on. When you outgrow Barbie there's no going back.
Woody and Buzz, believe it or not, have really evolved since the first film. A lot of their stories focus on love, namely their love for Andy, but as they go forward the story becomes about the love for their friends and one another. It's truly a bromance for all time.
When you write characters, you have to have arcs, but in sequels, you have to arc there too.
Lastly, I love the Potato Head couple. They fit the archetypes of an old married couple but truly are one of the pillars of the franchise. While they don't always seek time in the limelight, both have a way of keeping the story on track by speaking to the theme. In the first movie, they extend their family, in the second they bring everyone home, the third they learn to move on, and in Toy Story 4 their limited role is about being okay with the usage within a different child's imagination.
What are some things you learned about the characters and what inspires you to write your own stories?
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