Pixar has shaped many a childhood (and adulthood) and continues to be the benchmark in feature animation.
It’s baffling to think that Toy Story was released nearly 23 years ago, with the company – now owned by Disney (which now owns pretty much everything) – having no less than 16 Oscars to its name, and rakes in an average $634 million per film. (I know one Age of Dad writer who’s spent almost half that on Buzz Lightyear tat.)
The process of making films such as Toy Story, Monsters Inc, and The Incredibles is a lengthy one – often taking between three and four years from script to screen.
Ideas are bounced around the studio during that process that often don’t make it into the final version and, during the Christmas break, Pixar released a three-minute video showing off various things that didn’t make it into some of their most famous movies.
Here are seven of our favourite scrapped Pixar ideas discussed in the video.
Toy Story 3 had a Hannah Montana-like concert
Toy Story 3 is one of the greatest sequels ever produced, but I often thought that the one thing it is lacking is all the toys getting together to have a good-old knees up at a Disney pop princess-like concert. Well, according to the video, that was very much the plan during the early stages of development, the reveal being that Andy’s sister had got hold of Woody and co. and had started playing with them.
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Up was supposed to be about a mythical floating city
Up is a movie guaranteed to have me balling my eyes out after the opening 10 minutes, but the film was originally set to revolve around two brothers living in a mythical floating city. Thankfully, Pixar saw sense early-on and switched thestory to focus on a lonely old man who travels by, erm, floating house.
Cars was originally called Yellow Car
The weakest link in the Pixar series is, in my mind, the Cars series, and in particular the two unwanted sequels (and the crap Planes spin-offs), but originally the first movie was set to be called Yellow Car, the action revolving around a small electric car living in a small town. The titular vehicle would be disliked by all the other cars in town due to being different. Sounds far superior and very progressive for a kids’ feature. Ultimately, the idea was shelved in favour of the exploits of a racing car voiced by Owen Wilson. Go figure.
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Inside Out could have been even more emotional
In the initial scripts for Inside Out, Riley had 27 different emotions – all with names and personalities. From the five emotions that ended up in the finished movie, Fear was originally called Freddy, Anger was called Ira, and Sadness called Misty.
Mike Wazowski in Monsters Inc. was originally going to look completely different
I love the Monsters Inc. films, mainly because of the voice cast, in particular, Billy Crystal’s one-eyed green blob Mike Wazowski. The video shows that the distinctive look of Wazowski wasn’t always the case, the character previously set to be an orange monster with flames shooting out of his head and a weird purple creature with a full head of hair.
Toy Story wasn’t always called Toy Story
The jewel in Pixar’s crown is the Toy Story trilogy. With a fourth film on the way, it’s difficult to imagine the film being known as anything else, but when the first movie was in development in the mid-1990s it went through a variety of titles, including ‘Hand-Me-Down Hero’, ‘Spurs & Rockets’, ‘Plastic Buddies’,‘The Cowboy and the Spaceman’, and ‘Toys in the Hood’, supposedly riding off the success of gritty LA gang drama Boyz ‘N’ The Hood released just a few years earlier.
Human beings used to be blobs
Remember the humans on board The Axiom in Wall-E? Well, they weren’t always as they appeared on-screen. Early ideas conceived them as gelatinous blobs that spouted childish gibberish, but were later scrapped (or should that be splatted?) and evolved into the admittedly-still-blob-like people seen in the completed film.