Toy Story 3 Buzz Lightyear broken

Back in 2004 Disney and Pixar weren’t in a harmonious relationship. Far from it. Pixar’s CEO Steve Jobs and Disney’s CEO at the time, Michael Eisner, were often butting heads. Disney decided to make its own Pixar-esque studio called Circle 7, and it was here where they began working on Monsters Inc. 2, Finding Nemo 2 and Toy Story 3. Sounds great, right? Well, not really.

A few years later Disney and Pixar merged. Now, I was in college at the time and studying animation and this came as a shock to me and my fellow classmates. We all loved Pixar and Disney in their own rights, but let’s just say Disney had lost its flair many years ago. So I think the overall consensus at the time was: Great… Don’t f*** this up, Disney.

Toy Story 3 Taipei City There’s danger around every corner for Woody, Rex, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky and Jessie in Taipei City as they search for Buzz

Because of the merger, Circle 7 was shut down due to the deal made between Pixar and Disney and essentially the original stories for Monsters Inc. 2, Finding Nemo 2 and Toy Story 3 were scrapped. Just recently some concept art was released from Circle 7’s Jim Martin and Shane Zalvin for Toy Story 3 and it shows that Buzz, Woody and the gang would’ve been heading to Taiwan after Buzz Lightyear starts to malfunction. Buzz is in dire need of repair so the the gang sends him to his Taiwanese makers, but they discover that all Buzz Lightyear toys have been recalled and they end up going to Taiwan to rescue him so he doesn’t end up in the shredder or whatever they do with reject toys.

Toy Story 3 Taipei 101The gang takes a jump off from the top of Taipei 101

This concept probably would’ve been just as tear-jerking as the Toy Story 3 that eventually did end up in theaters, but it really makes me wonder how this concept would’ve turned out. I imagine it would’ve been great to see Taipei City aglow in Pixar’s glorious 3D renderings, but alas we will never get to see such lovely imagery. Well, at least we’re left with these storyboards and concept art!

Toy Story 3 recalled toysIt looks like it’s the end of the line for these rejected toys.  Can you spot Buzz?

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