by Kevin Rabida . August 22nd, 2016
Thirty years ago this week, Pixar released their first computer-animated film Luxo Jr. (1986) which featured the now familiar desk lamp and the Luxo ball that appeared in every Pixar production to date.
Their first feature film, Toy Story, was released in 1995 and was the first computer-animated feature-length film in history. It has spawned two sequels, Toy Story 2 in 1999 and Toy Story 3 in 2010. Both are highly successful, with the last one being quite nostalgic for people who were kids during the first one, me included.
For us fans, Toy Story 3 marked a new era. The themes of outgrowing toys, that is childhood, as well as coming to terms of loss, resonated with us. But did you know that Toy Story 3 was a whole lotta different story.
The concept art from Jim Martin and Shane Zalvin showed Buzz Lightyear starting to malfunction so the gang shipped him to Taiwan hoping to get him fixed. However, they soon learned that all the Buzz Lightyear toys were recalled with the intent to destroy them. Woody and the rest of the toys found themselves in Taiwan to prevent the destruction of their friend.
In celebration of thirty years of Pixar, here are the unused concept art from the Toy Story 3 that never was.
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Kevin is a reader first, a writer second, and a gamer somewhere in between. When not rooting for Tyrion Lannister for the Iron Throne, he's probably writing some morbid short story. He enjoys some surreal art, clever advertising campaigns, and a warm cup of coffee while reading Murakami.