John Lasseter to Direct ‘Toy Story 4’ Opening June 2017

By Kevyn Cortez | 2 years ago
John Lasseter to Direct ‘Toy Story 4’ Opening June 2017

Animator John Lasseter will be returning to direct the fourth installment of Pixar's "Toy Story." Read on for more details on this story.

Lasseter, CEO of Pixar, as well as director for "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" will be returning to direct the fourth installment of the franchise.  A film director, screenwriter, producer and the chief creative officer at Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios and DisneyToon Studios and currently the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering, Lasseter is known for his innovative use of computer technology, working with then-groundbreaking use of CGI animation. Aside from "Toy Story," Lasseter has also directed "A Bug's Life," "Cars" and "Cars 2."


It was nine years ago when he took over Disney Animation’s reins with new ideas and innovations, which were highlighted by last year’s “Frozen.” His efforts on reviving the studio was indeed fruitful. The film won an Oscar and became the highest-grossing animated film in history for a while.

“We love these characters so much; they are like family to us, We don’t want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before. Toy Story 3 ended Woody and Buzz’s story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie—and I wanted to direct it myself,” said Lasseter in a statement on Entertainment Weekly.

The first three installments of "Toy Story" all gained critical receptions and universal acclaim from critics, rating more than 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. All three films have grossed more than $1.9 billion in the worldwide box office, with "Toy Story 3" joining the ranks of Top 10 all-time worldwide films.

"Toy Story" had a large impact on the film industry with its innovative computer animation with various industries interested in the technology used for the film. It’s catchphrase, "To Infinity and Beyond," left a strong cultural impact, which has seen usage not only on T-shirts, but among philosophers and mathematical theorists as well.

"Toy Story 4" is set to hit the big screens on June 16, 2017, from a screenplay by NBC’s "Parks and Recreation’s" Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, with the story from the creative imaginations of Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich. Pixar veteran Galyn Susman is set to produce the pic.

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