Lee Unkrich, director of Toy Story 3, sheds some light on the mythology behind life in the Toy Story universe, confirming that toys can die
Director of toy Story 3Lee Unkrich has revealed that Woody, Buzz, and the other toys in the Toy Story universe can die. The first Toy Story was released in 1995, putting Pixar on the map and making it one of the highest grossing films of the year. The 1999 sequel turned out to be another hit for the studio, but Toy Story 3 wouldn't be released until 2010. This sequel ended up being worth it, and the story of an adult Andy going to college proved to be an incredibly emotional plot.
Today, Toy Story movies are still some of the most popular Pixar movies, dating back to the fascinating story of John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and the other Pixar screenwriters. The idea of toys coming to life when humans are not in the room was completely unique, and the idea evolved in all three sequels. Over the years there have been debates over whether the toys are truly immortal, as they clearly don't age, or whether Andy would be messing around with the bodies of the toys if they could die. Now Unkrich has made things clear.
According to Unkrich, toys can die in the Toy Story universe if they are destroyed. The director responded to a fan who asked him to resolve a debate he was having with his girlfriend. You can read Unkrich's answer below:
They live as long as they exist. But if they were to be utterly destroyed? Say, in an incinerator? Game over. https://t.co/p9nwIAjAl8
– Lee Unkrich (@leeunkrich) August 2, 2020
While Unkrich has made it clear that toys can die, Toy Story 4 created another unanswered question: Can toys create life? Forky was brought to life after Woody picked up some trash for Bonnie to participate in the school crafts. After Bonnie built Forky and put her name on the bottom of her cane, Forky became a smart toy. Josh Cooley, director of Toy Story 4, tried to explain this mystery by claiming that love and care for a child can create life in the Toy Story universe, and that Bonnie clearly had a special place in her heart for Forky.
In general, Unkrich's explanation makes perfect sense. He refers to the climax of Toy Story 3 when he mentions the incinerator, something that would have destroyed the toys if the aliens hadn't saved them. This scene turned out to be one of the most emotional scenes in the entire franchise, and fans briefly believed that Pixar could kill its beloved characters to end the franchise. In the end, though, Pixar is unlikely to kill the toys in the future, especially since Toy Story 5 doesn't look like it's coming. That said, the mythology of life and death doesn't really need to be explained for fans to enjoy the franchise movies.
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