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January 27 2006

Joss Whedon talks about his stint on Toy Story. A couple of quotes from Joss here in this article about John Lassiter and Pixar (possible reg req).

Lasseter also has a gift for collaborating with artists and writers outside Pixar's fold. Joss Whedon helped shape the final script of Toy Story before he became the king of cult TV with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly. Whedon shared an easy rapport with the animators - "We were raised on the same cartoons and toys," he said. And he enjoyed an active give-and-take with Lasseter: "I was having trouble with Tom Hanks' voice [as the cowboy doll, Woody], and John suggested I watch a scene near the beginning of Nothing in Common, where he jokes with everybody as he walks through his office." That did the trick.

Registration is required here. Can anyone give us the quotes?
Odd, it wasn't registration required for me. But to be on the safe side, I've put the relevant quote below the subject line.
Opened okay for me but:
Lasseter also has a gift for collaborating with artists and writers outside Pixar's fold. Joss Whedon helped shape the final script of Toy Story before he became the king of cult TV with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly. Whedon shared an easy rapport with the animators - "We were raised on the same cartoons and toys," he said. And he enjoyed an active give-and-take with Lasseter: "I was having trouble with Tom Hanks' voice [as the cowboy doll, Woody], and John suggested I watch a scene near the beginning of Nothing in Common, where he jokes with everybody as he walks through his office." That did the trick.

Unusual to hear Joss needing 'help' with a script.
Well, not much of a comment, but still a nice one, and interesting.

And am I the only one happy that Steve Jobs dismantled production on Toy Story 3 his first day at the Mouse House? Acquiring Pixar is the smartest thing Disney's done since they started distributing Pixar films.
Disney have a long rep for rushing cheap DTV sequels out for their big hits and I believe that's what they wanted to do with Toy Story II. They wanted a cheap, TV animation quality follow up but Pixar insisted on the same team doing it to the same standard. Worth it just for "No Buzz... I AM your father!" alone!
I might be naive, but I can't help hoping that giving this much power to Jobs and Lasseter is going to mean some very big and important changes. The return of handdrawn animation (with good stories) would be a wonderful start.
Pixar always understood that the story was the heart of the movie, not what wonderful animation they could do. Their animation was fantastic but TS and TSII would have been as enjoyable hand drawn.
I just read (might be reg. req.) that Disney buying Pixar gives John Lasseter the power to "greenlight" all animation, computer or hand-drawn. Numfar, dance the dance of joy! ;-)
And as soon as some is given greenlight power, they lose the ability to make purely creative decisions and have to think about the bottom-line. I like the fact that Lasseter is now in charge of what Disney out-puts, but I doubt we'll see much of a return to tradition hand-drawn animated features - which Disney said they had retired from.

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