In sad news, famous animator and voice actor, Bud Luckey, has passed away at the age of 83. Mr. Luckey (1934-2018) was probably best known for his work at Pixar working as a character designer for many films including Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Cars, and The Incredibles. He even directed, wrote, composed, and performed the 2004 Pixar short, Boundin’.
His voicework includes the roles of Rick Dicker in The Incredibles,
Chuckles the Clown in Toy Story 3,
and Eeyore in the 2011 Disney film, Winnie the Pooh.
He also worked on many animated segments for Sesame Street including my personal favorite, The Alligator King.
In 2010, we got the third chapter in what would become an awesome trilogy along the lines of the original Star Wars, Back to the Future, The Lord of the Rings, etc. Toy Story 3 was a massive success both critically and commercially. It was the first animated movie to gross over $1 billion in the worldwide box office.
It was a film that nigh everybody connected to emotionally. I personally didn’t cry, but I went as far as I’d ever gotten up to that point to crying while watching a movie…and that’s saying something.
In news that has taken fans, the Internet, and Twitter by storm, Pixar announced that they’re making Toy Story 4 and setting it to be released in 2017. It will be directed by John Lasseter and written by Rashida Jones…interesting.
What are my thoughts on this? I, along with mostly everyone else, don’t think it’s needed as the trilogy was wrapped up so well with Toy Story 3. I see this just as a resourceful way to make money. But, on the other hand, I don’t “hate” Pixar for doing this, although I’d rather they didn’t.