January 3, 1996 |
'Toy Story' Video Sequel Being Considered: In a press release, Richmond, Calif.-based Pixar Animation Studios, which produced the hit Walt Disney film using innovative computer technology, said it is discussing a direct-to-video sequel with Disney. "Toy Story," which has grossed more than $150 million to date domestically at the box office, has been Hollywood's biggest hit over the holiday season. No details of the prospective project were announced.
December 5, 1995 |
Kids hoping to get miniature versions of toys from the runaway hit movie "Toy Story" at Burger King may be in for a big disappointment. Many of the fast-food chain's outlets nationwide say they are quickly running out of the action figures just two weeks into the company's 5 1/2-week promotional tie-in with the film. Children have been snatching them up at a much faster-than-anticipated rate, leaving company officials scrambling to come up with a way to make up for the shortfall.
November 28, 1995 |
First, let's make it crystal-clear: Mr. Potato Head isn't getting points. And Slinky Dog has a back-end deal, but it isn't financial. These two toys, however, could wind up big stars at the mall thanks to their roles in the new Disney computer-animated film "Toy Story" and a multimillion-dollar marketing blitz now under way. If ever there was a movie with built-in commercial tie-ins, it's "Toy Story," which took in $39 million in its first five days of release.
November 21, 1995 |
You'll see the movie, hear the soundtrack, read at least one of the books and just might drop a week's pay on the sundry merchandising. But your financial commitment to Disney's "Toy Story" is incomplete until you explore the fun house. Totally Toy Story, a multimedia fun house located next door to the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, where the film opens on Wednesday, is an extravagant tribute to the movie, certainly.
November 19, 1995 |
For many adults, toys are just overpriced plastic things they consider buying only when their children begin to vigorously test out their diaphragm capacity in a department store. But then, very few adults pay as much attention to toys as John Lasseter.
October 24, 1995 |
When the credits roll next month on Walt Disney Co.'s computer-animated feature "Toy Story," a familiar name will be listed as an executive producer: Steven P. Jobs. The celebrity computer entrepreneur--who co-founded Apple Computer in 1977 and left the company in a bitter falling out in 1985--recently asked for, and got, a credit on the film, sources at Disney say. His main contribution: He owns Pixar, the Richmond, Calif.