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‘Toy Story’s Producers Explain Why ‘Andy’ Looks Like He Had A Facelift
By Mikelle Leow, 06 May 2019
‘Andy’ in the first ‘Toy Story’ movie (1995) VS ‘Andy’ in ‘Toy Story 4’ (2019). Images via IMDb and Pixar
The release of Disney’s Toy Story 4 question gave rise to one unexpected question: are kids now allowed to get plastic surgery done?
Longtime fans of the franchise have bemoaned a redesigned ‘Andy Davis’, which depicts ‘Woody’s human friend with exaggeratedly sharper features and smoother skin.
As it seems, the creators of the upcoming animated movie did not lose the original storyboards. Rather, they are now more equipped in distinguishing human from toy features, which is why the kid version of ‘Andy’ appears so differently from the character in the first film.
On a visit to Pixar Animation Studios, Comicbook.com met up with Toy Story 4’s production designer, Bob Pauley, and its global technology supervisor, Bill Reeves, both of whom worked on the first Toy Story movie.
The two described that Pixar Studios had come a long way since the release of 1996’s Toy Story, its first-ever CGI feature-length film. Since then, its designers have learned to make characters appear more human-like, as well as less artificial and less plasticky like the toys.
After Toy Story 4’s storyline called for the return of ‘Andy’, the producers knew he had to be redesigned.
Fans might beg to differ, however. Some have joked that ‘Andy’ would be the “youngest child… to go through intense facial reconstruction surgery four times,” though if you step out of the bubble of nostalgia, his makeovers might be a testament to how much Pixar has evolved over the years.
[via Comicbook.com, images via various sources]
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