Pixar Chief Creative Officer and creator of both the Toy Story and Cars franchises, John Lasseter, has officially revealed that Cars is actually a make-believe world set inside of Andy's imagination within the world of Toy Story. Toy Story 4, set for release in June 2019, will be the first film in the new conjoined franchise to reveal this merger. This breaking news is unprecedented in film history, revealing that two long-time beloved franchises have always technically been one-in-the-same. More of John Lasseter's remarks after the break!
John Lasseter on CARS being a part of TOY STORY:
When Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with the initial idea for Toy Story, my imagination went wild with the infinite possibilities of this world. I had long thought of directing a feature film set within a world of talking cars, and as the process moved further and further along, I began considering whether we should have the stories and characters of Cars actually be fictitious stories made up by Andy in Toy Story. Basically, my thought process was to have the characters in Cars be part of Andy's toy collection, but never actually be revealed in the Toy Story films. That way, it would be a huge surprise for audiences when they finally realize in Toy Story 4 (after the events of Cars 3) that the world of Cars is actually all part of Andy's playtime. I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this happen—and I wanted to direct it myself.
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