A fourth film, Toy Story 4, is in production and set for release on June 21, Toy Story was the first feature-length film to be made entirely using computer-generated imagery. The third film in the series is the third highest-grossing animated film and the 18th highest-grossing film of all time. It also became the third animated film in history to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture , following Beauty and the Beast and Up.
Toy Story [ edit ] Main article: Toy Story Toy Story, the first film in the franchise, was released on November 22, The plot involves Andy, an imaginative young suburban boy, getting a new Buzz Lightyear toy, causing Sheriff Woody, a vintage cowboy figure, to think that he has been replaced as Andy's favorite toy. Jealous, Woody tries to knock Buzz behind a table, but accidentally sends him out the window, making the other toys assume that he tried to murder Buzz.
Determined to set things right, Woody attempts to save Buzz, and both try to escape from the house of the next-door neighbor Sid Phillips, who likes to torture and destroy toys. Toy Story 2 Toy Story 2, the second film in the franchise, was released on November 24, John Lasseter reprised his role as director. The plot involves Woody getting stolen by a greedy toy collector named Al McWhiggin. Buzz and several of Andy's toys set off to attempt to free Woody, who meanwhile has discovered his origins as a historic television star.
Toy Story 2 was not originally intended for release in theaters, but as a direct-to-video sequel to the original Toy Story, with a minute running time. Toy Story 3 Toy Story 3, the third film in the franchise, was released on June 18, , nearly 11 years after Toy Story 2 was.
It was the first Toy Story film not to be directed by John Lasseter although he remained involved in the film as executive producer , but by Lee Unkrich , who edited the first two films and co-directed the second. The plot focuses on the toys being accidentally dropped off at a daycare center while their owner, Andy, is getting ready to go to college. The film contains over new characters, according to Pixar. 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. Potato Head,  though on April 6, , it was announced that he had died before he was able to record any lines for the film. As a result, the original script written by Jones and McCormack was scrapped.
They did not necessarily follow the continuity from Toy Story, taking place before, during and after the events of the first film. They were aired roughly around the time of Toy Story's release to home video. Television specials[ edit ] Pixar has also developed two minute Toy Story television specials. Toy Story of Terror! A Halloween-themed minute television special, titled Toy Story of Terror! Potato Head, Rex, Mr. After one of the toys goes missing, the others begin to search for it, but they too are picked off one by one.
The toys discover that they are being targeted by the hotel manager's pet iguana , Mr. Jones, who has been trained to steal the toys of his guests so that they can be sold via the Internet. The manager nearly succeeds in selling Woody and Jessie, but Jessie manages to escape—overcoming her old fear of being packed away in the process—and draw Bonnie's attention to the cabinet where the toys are being kept.
As a result, Bonnie recovers her toys, and her mom calls in the police, who then presumably arrests the manager for theft. Michael Giacchino, who composed the music for the first special, returned. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. It is up to Trixie to help the toys to return to Bonnie's room. The shorts pick up where Toy Story 3 has left off, with Woody, Buzz, and Andy's other toys finding a new home at Bonnie's.
Another short,  titled Mythic Rock, was in development in but was never released. Hawaiian Vacation Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation is a Pixar animated short directed by Gary Rydstrom. The short features characters from the Toy Story series and takes place after the events of Toy Story 3. It was released in theatres before Pixar's feature film Cars 2.
In the short film, Ken and Barbie want to go to Hawaii with Bonnie's family, who had prior plans to vacation in Hawaii, but get left behind by mistakenly climbing into Bonnie's school bookbag instead of her luggage. Once in Bonnie's bedroom, Woody, Buzz and the other toys from the previous film attempt to console them by creating their own "Hawaiian vacation" for Barbie and Ken in Bonnie's bedroom. Small Fry film Toy Story Toons: Directed by Angus MacLane , the short involves Buzz getting trapped at a fast food restaurant at a support group for discarded toys, with a kids' meal toy version of Buzz taking his place.
Partysaurus Rex Toy Story Toons: Partysaurus Rex, the third of the series of animated shorts, was released with the theatrical 3D re-release of Finding Nemo. Directed by Mark Walsh with music composed by electronic artist BT , the short involves Rex getting left in the bathroom and making friends with bath toys. It was the highest-grossing domestic film in ,  and the third highest-grossing animated film at the time. It was the third highest-grossing film of In addition, Toy Story 3 had the highest opening day gross for an animated film on record.
Toy Story 3 stayed at the 1 spot for the next weekend. The film had the second highest opening ever for an animated film. It was the highest-grossing film of , both domestically and worldwide.