Tolstoy, not Toy Story, and a thread of other very good news corrections

Editorial corrections are typically boring—little notes explaining that a fine detail, like a date or the spelling of name, was slightly off and needed to be fixed. Though they’re important to identify, they’re also usually not particularly interesting. Journalist Cleuci de Oliveira, though, has been curating a…

Insiders say John Lasseter won't return to Disney and Pixar after misconduct allegations

John Lasseter, the co-founder of Pixar and chief creative officer of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation took a leave from those companies over allegations of harassment and misconduct, including (as one anonymous source put it) “grabbing, kissing, [and] making comments about physical attributes” of women at…

The new Kingdom Hearts trailer drags Pixar and a pantsless catboy into its goofy Disney kitchen sink

Square-Enix’s Kingdom Hearts games have always been a weird mash-up of Final Fantasy-derived nonsense plotting and recognizable Disney characters. Now, a new trailer for the series’ long-anticipated third game has pushed that bizarre envelope even further, finally answering that age-old question: What would Donald…

John Lasseter is no longer co-directing Toy Story 4

Despite previous reports that he’d be co-directing the film (after taking the third installment off) Pixar leader John Lasseter won’t be in the director’s chair for Toy Story 4. Variety reports that Lasseter broke the news to fans at Disney’s D23 expo today, revealing that he’s leaving the franchise’s fourth…

Toy Story writer debunks Woody’s polio-filled “backstory”

The Toy Story franchise is already more melancholy than the average kids’ film series, what with all the near-death experiences and broken-hearted, abandoned cowgirls. But even Pixar’s darker work rarely goes so dark as to cite polio, which is why fans of the films were kind of surprised when someone claiming to have…

A requiem for the dream of Tim Allen being a Hollywood draw

Let’s make something clear up front: Tim Allen is doing just fine. Dude’s on the sixth season of his ABC sitcom Last Man Standing in addition to regularly raking in those sweet, sweet Toy Story and Home Improvement residuals. Still, you might be wondering why you don’t see Allen in movies anymore, and that’s the…

Watch Billy Crystal voice a primitive Buzz Lightyear in this unsettling Toy Story demo

Pixar originally wanted Billy Crystal to voice Buzz Lightyear in its first feature, 1995’s Toy Story (Crystal turned it down and the part went to Tim Allen). The animation studio went so far as to put some When Harry Met Sally dialogue into a piece of custom-made animation, tailored to Crystal’s character freaking out…

Disney confirms the insane fantasy that every Pixar movie is connected

We have long loved the idea that our fictions take place in some sort of consistent alternate universe—that there are unexpected tunnels between our favorite films and books and shows. Whether it’s the xenomorph from Alien showing up as a trophy in the Predator’s spaceship or the grand connective tissue between all…

Demand great presents this year with The A.V Club’s 2016 gift guide

It became a common refrain as heroes died, villains ascended, and truth and beauty were succeeded by a million Facebook shares on a fake-news story about the pope endorsing Donald Trump: 2016 was a motherfucker. If you made it all the way through, congratulations. You’ve outlasted Prince, the concept of liberal…

Here’s why the same teapot has shown up in Toy Story, The Simpsons, and more

Quick, what’s the most famous teapot in animation history? Mrs. Potts from 1991’s Disney classic Beauty And The Beast? With all due respect to Angela Lansbury, that’s not even close. In an episode of his web series Things You Might Not Know, YouTuber Tom Scott explains the legend of the so-called Utah Teapot, the…

Mini-Ghostbusters and a French press: Here’s what’s on sale on Amazon today

In an effort to both serve our readers and help support The A.V. Club, we are going to post daily links to deals and interesting items that we find over on Amazon. If you use these links to click through and buy something—not just the thing you clicked—on Amazon, we will see a portion of that income. You don’t have to…

Woody doesn’t play nice in this menacing, R-rated Toy Story trailer

Marvel’s Deadpool recently proved that there is definitely a healthy market for R-rated superhero movies. And Zack Snyder’s promised R-rated cut of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice will allow that film to be even darker and more violent than it already is. So when, America wants to know, is Pixar going to bite the…

Maybe destructive Sid from Toy Story wasn’t such a bad kid after all

Sure, he wears a black T-shirt with a skull on it, terrorizes his little sister, and deconstructs his toys. But does any of this actually make Sid from Pixar’s original Toy Story in 1995 a full-fledged villain? In a new video on the Super Carlin Brothers YouTube channel, Jonathan Carlin makes a compelling case for…

Let’s pay tribute to this video tribute to Pixar’s tributes to classic films

Pixar has created its fair share of indelible images over the past few decades. From the first sighting of “the claw” to Up’s heartbreaking montage of a life well lived, the acclaimed animation house has been cranking out iconic moments at a rapid-fire pace, cementing its place in the halls of movie history. But, like…