Lee Unkrich Interview - Toy Story 3 and Toy Story Shorts
Toy Story 3 was about the ___________ that we have to say in life.
Lee Unkrich: "I'm sorry."
Why do you guys always do that to me? I don't expect it, and then all of a sudden Pixar makes me cry at every movie.
Lee Unkrich: "We don't try, you know? A lot of people think that we sit down at movies and make a list of ways that we can make people cry, but it's not that way at all. We're just trying to tell really truthful stories that people can relate to, and this movie happened to be about the movies that we all have to say in life. We all have to say good-bye to people we love at some point, and this film kind of celebrated that and showed that even when you say good-bye, there's kind of a new life that can continue off beyond that."
Are we going to have to wait as long for a Toy Story 4 as we had to wait for Toy Story 3?
Lee Unkrich: "Well you may have to wait a really long time because we don't have any plans to make another Toy Story movie."
But I want to go back and visit those characters again. Don't you want to go back and visit them?
Lee Unkrich: "Well then I have just the answer for you because we're doing a series of short films with the Toy Story characters. We just finished the first one and it's going to be on the front of Cars 2 when it opens next summer in theaters."
Is it going to be that each character will have its own short or how is it going to work?
Lee Unkrich: "There are going to be all different ones. This first one, I can't really talk what it's about but it's very funny and it has pretty much all the characters that you love."
How do you guys do this every year, make a movie that everybody loves? It goes from little kids to grandmothers that love your films. How does Pixar do that?
Lee Unkrich: "You know, I wish I knew. I wish any of us knew. We start each film and just try to make the best film we can, and we have impossibly high standards for ourselves. We work really hard on the stories and then we cross our fingers and hope that we'll end up in the end with a good movie."
When you're doing a Toy Story 3 that already had these films in front of it that everybody loved, was it an extra weight on your shoulders?
Lee Unkrich: "Absolutely. I was so freaked out at the beginning of all of this. I didn't want to go down in history as the guy who screwed up the Toy Story franchise. So it was a lot of pressure, but I call it 'fear-based filmmaking.' I was so afraid of screwing it up that I think it helped make the movie better."
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