November 22, 1995
With recent news that there will be a Toy Story 4 movie, it is hard to believe that the franchise was first introduced to theater goers on this day in 1995. Directed by John Lassester, was Pixar’s first computer-animated film and the one all others are measured by. Pixar, who was known at the time for masters of short films and TV commercials, were approached by Disney to create a new feature-length film. There were many revisions of the stories and characters as Disney’s team (lead by Jeffrey Katzenberg) and Pixar’s team (Lead by Lassester) couldn’t see eye-to-eye. Disney’s animators were resentful that “outsiders” came in to do their work. Rumor has it that Katzenberg wanted an edgier story with adult references and the character of Woody to be much more of a jerk. In the end, Lassester was given the green light to produce the film that he wanted to do and the rest is history. Toy Story went on to earn over $361 million and reviews were almost completely positive. It is considered to be one of the best animated films ever made.