Remember that time you saw 'Toy Story 3' and began weeping uncontrollably in front of all your friends / that girl you like during that notorious tear-jerker of an ending? Good news, you'll (probably) never have to go through that, again! The folks over at Movieweb recently caught up with Darla K. Anderson -- one of the film's producers -- and asked her about the future of the world's most popular animated franchise. Her immediate response when posed with the question of a potential 'Toy Story 4' was to say that, "[Pixar] has no plans for it at this point."

It's an answer as curt as it is predictable, because obviously if Pixar were secretly toying (ack) with the idea of a fourth installment, they'd guard that news rather fiercely until they were ready to formally share it with the world at large. We'd be wise to remember that in these dark and confusing times -- when Pixar is devoting their considerable talents to a sequel of the thoroughly mediocre 'Cars' and Brad Bird is off somewhere making a live-action film -- anything is possible, and that rumors of 'Toy Story's' death have been greatly exaggerated, before.




But fear not! Even if Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang won't be returning to their feature-length glory any time soon, you'll still have a chance to see them on the big screen a lot sooner than you might think. In the same interview, Anderson also revealed that Pixar is readying a series of 'Toy Story' short films, one of which will be appearing before screenings of 'Cars 2' next summer. Anderson elaborated that, "We have the short films that we are working on because we love the ['Toy Story'] characters so much and want to keep them alive." As far as the particular short premiering before 'Cars 2' is concerned, Anderson didn't offer very much, saying that "It's a short film with the Toy Story characters and you'll see a lot of the old favorites and stuff." As long as by "And Stuff" she means "Lots of Totoro," then that sounds pretty good.

As far as when in the 'Toy Story' chronology the shorts might take place, Anderson was similarly tight-lipped, sharing only that, "It involves all the new Toy Story 3 character and the classic characters too." So even those of you who aren't especially excited about the prospect of 'Cars 2' will have something to look forward to as we approach the film's May 24, 2011 release.

'Toy Story 3' hit DVD and Blu-ray yesterday after enjoying the highest-grossing theatrical run of any animated film in box office history.