D23 Expo opened yesterday with a waterfall of news and fun adventures to look forward to, both in the parks and at home! Our contributor, NDD Don H. is there sharing amazing photos! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for great photos (@disdrivenlife). We will have a recap of Don’s adventures when he returns. For now, we are sharing all the official press releases from yesterday’s events. Enjoy!
WOODY AND BUZZ MARK TWO DECADES – Pixar Animation Studios’ John Lasseter, who’s one of Pixar’s three founders, celebrated 20 years since “Toy Story” transformed the animation industry and the art of storytelling. Lasseter welcomed to the stage iconic two-time Oscar®-winning songwriter and longtime Pixar collaborator Randy Newman, whose Pixar credits include “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars.” Also joining in the celebration were “Toy Story 4” co-director Josh Cooley (“Cars 2,” “Ratatouille”) and producer Galyn Susman (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”). Screenwriters Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (“Celeste & Jesse Forever”) joined Buzz, Woody and Bo Peep in the “Toy Story 4” celebration. Directed by Lasseter, the movie is slated for release on June 16, 2017.
“I’m very proud of our films,” said Lasseter. “When we made the first three ‘Toy Story’ films, we didn’t realize what we had done was to change the genre of each of the films’ story. For ‘Toy Story 4,’ we are doing a type of story we have not done before: a love story. It’s a story about a relationship between Woody and Bo Peep. ”