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John Lasseter No Longer Directing Toy Story 4

by on July 17, 2017
 

This weekend during the D23 Expo, John Lasseter announced he was stepping down from his self-appointed directorial duties on Toy Story 4. It would have marked his first return to the characters that made him famous since 1999 — so what made him change his mind?

Lasseter says he simply overestimated how much of one’s day has to be devoted to directing a movie. He’s also overseeing all animated feature content being produced at both Pixar and Disney Animation. “I always felt like I need to keep directing, and that’s why I decided to do Toy Story 4 initially, but I oversee three studios and I think I counted 24 feature films I’m overseeing, and it was not really practical, to be blunt.” Josh Cooley, previously announced as co-director of the film alongside Lasseter, will now be going solo.

“Josh Cooley was amazing; wait until you see it – he is so good,” Lasseter promised. “And it was time to let go of the bike and let him ride, and he’s doing a great job. It’s really fantastic. And I do get creative satisfaction from being the executive producer, the chief creative officer, and helping all of these great filmmakers. So that’s what made the decision for me, and I’m loving what I do. I have the best job in the world.”

Toy Story 4, which will be about Woody’s search for his lost love Bo Peep, is scheduled to be released June 21, 2019.

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  • Carlos Gutierrez
    July 17, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Should Mr. Potato Head get a new voice actor for “Toy Story 4” since Don Rickles died of kidney failure at the age of 90 last April?


  • July 17, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Don may have already recorded lines before he passed. We probably won't know it until the movie's closer to release.


  • July 17, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Considering this guy has been around most Pixar movies, It's quite an announcement to see him not be a director in a Toy Story movie, hopefully the next guy has the same magic John had as the director.


  • July 17, 2017 at 8:01 pm
    Zeether

    Don may have already recorded lines before he passed. We probably won't know it until the movie's closer to release.

    Excuse me, but a representative confirmed that Don Rickles did not record any dialogue for Mr. Potato Head in the upcoming fourth film despite signing on for it.


  • July 18, 2017 at 5:14 am
    Carlos Gutierrez

    Excuse me, but a representative confirmed that Don Rickles did not record any dialogue for Mr. Potato Head in the upcoming fourth film despite signing on for it.

    Ah, my bad. I guess we'll find out who's replacing him more towards the film's release.


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