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Toy Story 4 Breaks With Pixar Tradition Over Pre-Film Animated Short

Toy Story 4 Breaks With Pixar Tradition Over Pre-Film Animated Short

Over the years, few studios have delivered excellence as consistently as Pixar and Toy Story 4 should be no different.

The Incredibles, Up and Inside Out are just some of the masterpieces they have brought to our screens since they debuted in 1995 with Toy Story and there's always been a two for the price of one deal on top of that.

Barring the studio's first feature film, the original Toy Story, Pixar movies have always carried an extra treat before the main feature starts, with an animated short to get things going.

These have included Oscar-winning short films such as Geri's Game (shown before A Bug's Life), For the Birds (before Monsters Inc.) and last year's Bao (before Incredibles 2).

But now Pixar are breaking this long-standing tradition, with Slate reporting that Toy Story 4 will not be preceded by an animated short of its own.

Instead, movie-goers will simply have to sit through the usual run of trailers until the film itself begins like they would for pretty much every other trip to the cinema.

While it means you won't be punished if you're running late, there is something sad about losing one of the features that makes Pixar films so unique.

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In an interview with Yahoo!Toy Story 4 producers Jonas Rivera and Mark Nielsen said there simply wasn't enough manpower at Pixar to make a new short, saying:

"The people at the studio were all needed to work on feature films at the time. There was a big demand to finish up the last few films, and there just wasn’t the people to make a short."

But this appears to ignore the fact that Pixar have already released an animated short this year, with Kitbull only released back in January.

Instead of simply taking that new short and tagging it onto the beginning of Toy Story 4, the studio have decided to let their 21st feature film stand alone.

If you're still in need of something quick to pull on your hearstrings, Pixar have put Kitbull up for free on their YouTube channel.

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Kevin Beirne

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