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The Toy Story Franchise in History

Events in Film & TV

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1986-02-03 Pixar Animation Studios (Toy Story; The Incredibles) headed by Edwin Catmull and Alvy Ray Smith, is spun off from Lucasfilm, Ltd as an independent film production company, with backing of Steve Jobs

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs

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1995-11-22 "Toy Story", the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery, directed by John Lasseter and starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, is released

Actor Tom Hanks
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Tom Hanks
Actor Tim Allen
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Tim Allen
Actor and Sportsman Woody Strode
Actor and Sportsman
Woody Strode
  • 1999-11-13 "Toy Story 2", directed by John Lasseter, starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, premieres in the US

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2010-06-12 "Toy Story 3", directed by Lee Unkrich, starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, premieres at the Taormina Film Fest in Italy - 1st animated film to earn 1 billion

Actor Tim Allen
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Tim Allen
Actor Tom Hanks
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Tom Hanks
Actor and Sportsman Woody Strode
Actor and Sportsman
Woody Strode
  • 2019-06-11 Toy Story 4 directed by Josh Cooley with the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen has its world premiere
  • 2019-08-15 Disney Studios is the first studio to have five films earn over $1 billion each in one year with "Toy Story 4", "Avengers: Endgame", "Captain Marvel", "Aladdin" and "The Lion King"

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1928-04-04 Estelle Harris, American actress (Estelle Costanza - Seinfeld, Toy Story), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1960-03-13 Joe Ranft, American screenwriter and animator (Toy Story, Cars), born in Pasadena, California (d. 2005)
  • 1967-08-08 Lee Unkrich, American film editor, animator, screenwriter, and director (Toy Story 3; Coco), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1979-05-23 Josh Cooley, American animator, screenwriter (Inside Out), and Academy Award-winning director (Toy Story 4), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1982-10-03 Erik von Detten, American actor (Brink!; Toy Story; The Princess Diaries), born in San Diego, California
  • 1984-10-02 John Morris, American voice actor (Toy Story), born in Paris, Texas

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 2005-08-16 Joe Ranft, American screenwriter and animator (Toy Story, Cars), dies at 45