Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter defends the existence of the recently-announced Toy Story 5 amongst questions about the sequel’s necessity.
Pixar executive Pete Docter defends the existence of Toy Story 5. Released in 2019, Toy Story 4 received much acclaim from critics and audiences alike for what was believed to be the concluding chapter in the animated saga. However, earlier this month, Toy Story 5 was announced to be in development at Pixar, leading many to question if another sequel is necessary after a seemingly perfect ending.
Now, soon after the Toy Story 5 announcement, Docter is defending the existence of another sequel. Talking to The Wrap, Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer said that much about Toy Story 5 is still undetermined, meaning it could actually end up surprising audiences by heading in unexpected directions. Read Docter’s full comments below:
The thing we’ve been really trying to do, and this has been the case for a while, is we’ve been looking at them a little bit like, okay, we’re not planning for the future. When we made the first Toy Story, we had no idea there would be a Toy Story 2. We’re just trying to make this movie. But that in making the movie, it takes you places, unexpected places, which is what I love about the creative process. If I knew exactly what I was doing when I started making a movie, there’d kind of be no point in making it. I discover so much along the way. I think it’ll be surprising. It’s got some really cool stuff that you haven’t seen before.
Is Toy Story 5 Even Necessary?
The Pixar executive’s comments come as many are questioning whether the existence of Toy Story 5 is even necessary. Toy Story 4 already delivered a perfect ending to Woody and Buzz’s stories, which even came after Toy Story 3 provided a satisfactory ending to the trilogy. This has led some to accuse Pixar of making Toy Story 5 as a blatant cash grab, instead of being motivated by any creative impetus. Many are also approaching the prospect of Toy Story 5 with extra trepidation after last’s Lightyear, a spinoff film that bombed at the box office.
However, the Pixar executive’s comments offer a thoughtful defense of why they are moving forward with Toy Story 5. It seems Docter’s personal motive for making another sequel is to potentially take the series in a new and unexpected direction, rather than directly trying to create an ending that is better than Toy Story 4‘s or worse than that, generating profits. While each installment in the mainline Toy Story series had received near universal acclaim, only time will tell what critics and audiences think of Toy Story 5, which has garnered some controversy right out of the gate.
Source: The Wrap