While the 'Toy Story' film series has seemingly come to an official end, Pixar isn't done with Woody, Buzz and the gang announced last month that they were planning a series of short films that would continue the characters' adventures in the world beyond Andy. Now, thanks to Bleeding Cool and a tweet from Disney artist Floyd Norman, we may have an idea of what to expect from the first 'Toy Story' short:
"Saw the Pixar "Hawaii" short. Cute. Ken and Barbie want to go to Hawaii. I don't know what it's gonna be attached to. Fun stuff, however."
It's already been confirmed that the first 'Toy Story' short will be in front of next summer's 'Cars 2,' so in case you want to see it again, Floyd, you know where to look!
It's surprising that the first post-trilogy 'Toy Story' outing won't center around the more iconic main group of toys, but who in their right mind would willingly turn down more of Michael Keaton's Ken and Jodi Benson's Barbie, the two of whom all but stole the last film right from under the "stars"? If Pixar is going to return to this universe for future endeavors, at least it looks like they're willing to play with the various supporting characters (pun fully intended).
Although basic math quantifies "More 'Toy Story'" as equaling "Hooray!", hopefully Pixar will continue to produce original animated shorts in addition to further exploring established properties. Pixar shorts like 'Day and Night' and 'Presto' are better than most full length animated features and it would be a shame to lose original ideas to characters who have already been given a proper farewell.