‘Toy Story 3’ Unused Concept Art Reveals a Sequel That Could Have Been Very Different
Disney and Pixar recently announced that they’re working on ‘Toy Story 4,’ which was a little surprising considering that the studios previously maintained that they would not make another ‘Toy Story’ film. And while we’re waiting for the fourth installment in the beloved animated franchise, let’s revisit some unused concept art for ‘Toy Story 3,’ which reveals a totally different sequel than the one that was eventually released in 2010.
Back in 2004, problems between Disney and Pixar led to the latter striking out on their own, while Disney retained the rights to the animated features they released with Pixar, including ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Finding Nemo.’ Disney created Circle 7 Animation to replace Pixar, and quickly got to work on making new sequels, like ‘Toy Story 3.’ Not long after, Disney negotiated the purchase of Pixar and gave them control over the animated department, which absorbed many Circle 7 employees.
The version of ‘Toy Story 3' that Circle 7 was working on is very different from the version released by Disney and Pixar in 2010, as evidenced by recently uncovered concept art from Jim Martin and Shane Zalvin (via Comic Book Movie). In Circle 7's ‘Toy Story 3,’ Buzz Lightyear begins malfunctioning, so Woody and friends ship him back to Taiwan where he was originally made in the hopes that he can be repaired at the factory. Not long after, the toys discover that all the Buzz Lightyear figures have been recalled, so Woody and his pals travel to Taiwan to try and prevent the destruction of their dear friend. Meanwhile, Buzz has been making new friends in the form of similarly recalled toys.
Martin’s concept art reveals several key scenes, including the toys gathered around Buzz on a makeshift operating table, Woody and the gang’s flying balloon contraption, a factory in Taiwan, and a new Transformers-esque character who appears to be a villain. Beneath Martin’s artwork below are some of Zalvin’s concept sketches for other recalled toy characters, including Cindy Scissors, Don B.B., and “Apology Bear,” which is their version of a Care Bear. It’s interesting to note the different versions Zalvin drew for each character. Although Martin and Zalvin’s work was never put to use, a stuffed bear wound up being one of the central characters in Pixar’s version of ‘Toy Story 3.’