5 Toy Story Spin-Offs Pixar Should Consider
Pixar brought the Toy Story franchise back to life for ABC with the awesome Halloween special Toy Story of Terror earlier this month, and the end result wasn’t just a fun half-hour of holiday goodness– it was a reminder that I want more Toy Story in my life. The third movie in the trilogy was a perfect ending to the first chapter, but there’s life in the franchise yet, and I’m just not ready to say goodbye.
Below are the five Toy Story spin-offs I would gladly hand over 10 bucks a ticket to see.
Woody, Buzz and Jessie have emerged at the toy’s de facto leaders, but what if they were taken on vacation while Mr. Potato Head, Rex and the rest were left home alone. The power vacuum created by their absence would lead to the remaining toys splitting into camps, plotting toy box takeovers and forging alliances. Think Game of Thrones, by way of Pixar.
They could even introduce a new character, perhaps an errant toy knight willing to teach the kiddies about the caste system. The story would end with the toys learning a valuable lesson about friendship, but the real highlight would be the hilarious bit where Mr. Potato Head started launching his body parts over a toy castle to keep the Speak and Say at bay.
Combat Carl, who refers to himself exclusively in the third person, was introduced in Toy Story of Terror and last seen boarding a mail truck on his way back to his kid. However, his journey is sure to have quite a few hiccups along the way. Maybe he gets caught in a side mission saving a boxed in toy, maybe he gets dropped off in the wrong locale– the possibilities for more third person narrated adventures are endless.
Besides, who doesn’t love a road trip movie?
Disney has gone Marvel crazy and what kid doesn’t want a superhero toy? What if little Bonnie gets her own set of toy Avengers. How would a toy Tony Stark fit into the group? (Buzz would not be a fan, I’m sure.) Or a Hulk with Bruce Banner flipping action? Or a Black Widow? (I’m calling it, Woody would ditch Bo Peep in a heartbeat, sorry Bo.)
The toy Avengers might even see the actual toys as a threat. Those Troll dolls even look shady to me…
Let’s get meta on the Toy Story world and go way, way back to the day Woody was assembled. What’s life like for a new toy before he gets his owner? Imagine a thousand versions of Woody all co-existing in one area. Who gets to be top cowboy? The film could also explore the darkside of factory life, like what happens to toys who don’t quite come out right.
I’m imagining Sid’s room times a thousand. Dark stuff? Perhaps, but we are talking about the company that brought us the apocalypse-ravaged world of Wall-E and the downer that was Up.
We all love those adorable, claw-worshiping aliens, isn’t it time for them to make a comeback? Pixar could build an entire story about a space-obsessed kid who collects them all and takes them back to his tricked-out space room. Once there, the aliens would suss out their terrain, meeting new alien lifeforms and perhaps another version of Buzz, set on documenting his adventures for the home office.
Then one alien decides to venture beyond the confines of “space” to explore the much larger galaxy beyond his or her owner’s door.
Would you like to see more Toy Story films and if so, which characters would you want to see spotlighted? Personally, I’d also love a Mr. Pricklepants film, but I can’t think of a decent plot. Any ideas?
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