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Pixar Geek Out: New Films, Up House Built in Utah, Alternate Titles for Toy Story

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood August 24, 2011 at 8:20AM

After announcing two upcoming original projects—one envisioning a world with dinosaurs and one occurring entirely inside the human mind—Pixar’s creativity appears to be back on track, after sequels Toy Story 3, Cars 2 and the upcoming Planes and Monsters University.
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After announcing two upcoming original projects—one envisioning a world with dinosaurs and one occurring entirely inside the human mind—Pixar’s creativity appears to be back on track, after sequels Toy Story 3, Cars 2 and the upcoming Planes and Monsters University.

Anticipation for Brave is high, but Pixar's classics are beloved. So much so that one homebuilder outside of Salt Lake City has created an abode that is a life-size replica of the floating home in 2009’s Up, complete with a “swarm of helium-filled balloons that the developer tied to the chimney of a house.” The NYT reports a listing price of $400,000 and a scarcity of serious bidders for the residence.

Yesterday, Pixar’s Lee Unkrich casually listed some rejected titles for Toy Story on his Twitter page. Toy Story had always been a working title for the film, intended as a placeholder until something better came along. As you can tell by the list below, nothing did. Possible titles (including one prescient of Cowboys & Aliens):

Toyz in the Hood
Made in Taiwan
Wind-Up Heroes
The Cowboy & The Spaceman
Spurs & Rockets
Each Sold Separately
Wings & Pullstrings
Some Assembly Required
The Favorite

This article is related to: Franchises, Genres, Hollywood, Studios, Marketing, Toy Story, Animation, Disney


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.