Disney Pixar Chief John Lasseter No Longer Directing 'Toy Story 4'

Danny Woods
July 16, 2017

During Disney/Pixar's panel at D23, attendees were given a glimpse at Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, as well as a brand new character that'll play an integral role in the film.

The announcement was made during Pixar's panel at D23 Expo on Friday (July 14) at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Next, Lasseter brought out "Wreck-It Ralph" sequel directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, along with comedian and actress Sarah Silverman, who voices the character of Vanellope von Schweetz, for an early look at the film.

Ralph will break the internet on March 9, 2018. Ralph and Yesss warn Vanellope not to bother them, but still she manages to break into the guarded room anyway. During the presentation, they revealed that the movie would find Ralph and Vanellope coming face to face with a cast of familiar characters. They welcome her into their fold after she sympathizes with the same problem they all have: everyone thinks a big, strong man solved all their problems.

"Those ideal models of femininity are the princesses", Yesss explains. Vanellope points out the princesses aren't flawed and it makes them kinda cool. What follows is a sharp send-up of decades of Disney princess history as Elsa (in a shirt that says "Just Let It Go"), Aurora ("Nap Queen"), Moana ("Shiny"), and an incomprehensibly Scottish Merida ("Mum") mercilessly skewer princess stereotypes. C-3PO even shows up at the end of the wonderful mashup clip.

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Toy Story 4 is making a big change behind the scenes. Yesss is the head of a trendsetting website called Buzzaholic, who offers Ralph and Vanellope a tour of the site.

The job is going to "Inside Out" screenwriter Josh Cooley, who was previously going to co-direct with Lasseter.

Olaf actor Josh Gad later ribbed Lasseter for the untitled and tentative films when they moved on to discussing "Frozen 2", set for November 2019.

In other Pixar news, Lasseter announced an as-yet untitled new project to be directed by Monsters University's Dan Scanlon.

Characters from another galaxy far far away will also be involved in the meta mashup: Star Wars.

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